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Date: October 31, 2017

Important Amendments to the Citizenship Act took effect on October 11, 2017

Here are the new changes implemented on October 11, 2017:

 

Previous Citizenship Act Citizenship Act with Bill C-6 Amendments
Applicants had to be physically present in Canada for four out of six years before applying for citizenship Applicants must be physically present in Canada for three out of five years before applying for citizenship
Applicants had to file Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for four out of six years, matching the physical presence requirement Applicants must file Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for three out of five years, matching the new physical presence requirement
Applicants had to be physically present in Canada for 183 days in four out of the six years preceding their application This provision is repealed. Applicants no longer have to meet this requirement
Time spent in Canada prior to becoming a permanent resident did not count towards the physical presence requirement for citizenship Applicants may count each day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days
Applicants between 14 and 64 years had to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship Applicants between 18 and 54 years must meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship

Many permanent residents welcomed these new changes.

 

More changes are expected to take effect in early 2018. Here is the link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2017/06/bill_c-6_receivesroyalassent0.html

 

Source: IRCC website

 

 

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