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physically present in Canada for 183 days in four out of the six years preceding their application||This provision is repealed.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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