Canada Immigration Bill C-6 was recently passed by their parliament and has also received the royal assent. The newly introduced law is nothing short of a benediction for immigrants living in Canada. Bill C-6 directly amends Canada citizenship act and reduces the total time Canadian Permanent residents have to wait before applying for a Canadian Citizenship.
This comes as a great relief for all Canadian Permanent Residents. Most of the changes enforced by this bill will come into effect by 2018.
Here are a few changes that took effect immediately on July 19, 2017:
- Dual Citizens will now be convicted under the Canadian Justice System for breaking law. Their citizenship will not be revoked.
- Permanent residents do not need to intend to live in Canada once they are granted citizenship. They can move to other countries for work or personal reasons
- Minors have the full authority to apply for Canada PR even without a Canadian Parent. Also, their guardian can apply on their behalf for a Canadian citizenship.
A few changes that will come into effect on a later date:
- Applicants can now apply for citizenship by being physically present in Canada for 3 out of first 5 years.
- Applicants no longer need to be physically present for 183 days in Canada for 4 out of 6 years.
To know more about the recent changes and how they affect you, feel free to contact us.