Proposed Changes to the Citizenship Regulations No. 2

Ottawa, July 21, 2017 — Changes are being proposed to the Citizenship Regulations No. 2 to ensure the Regulations align with recent amendments made to the Citizenship Act through Bill C-6 – an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act – that received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017.

The following proposed changes to the Citizenship Regulations No. 2 are outlined in a Notice of Intent posted in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, for a 15-day comment period:

  • Remove the reference to how citizenship revocation notices are delivered to dual citizens convicted of actions against the national interest.
  • Clarify who can apply for citizenship on behalf of a minor.
  • Revise the requirement to be physically present in Canada to three out of five years before applying for citizenship.
  • Revise the requirement for citizenship applicants to file income taxes, if required to do so, to three out of five years to match the physical presence requirement.
  • Remove reference that individuals must be physically present in Canada for a minimum of 183 days in four out of six years before applying for citizenship.
  • Revise the age range for language and knowledge requirements for citizenship to 18-54 years.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is asking for written comments on the proposed changes to the Citizenship Regulations No. 2. Read the Notice of Intent published on the Canada Gazette website for more information and to provide your comments.

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