New Changes To Make It Easy For Immigrants In Canada To Qualify For Citizenship Quickly
Canada is known all over the to be one of the best countries on this planet to call home. As a result of this, there is a constant pressure on Citizenship and Immigration Canada to process millions of applications for people from all over the world who want to immigrate to Canada. Unlike other rich and developed countries, Canada is very generous and progressive when it comes to admitting immigrants and refugees. Canada is always looking for new ideas to make its immigrant selection system more humane but does not compromise the safety and security of Canadian citizens.
The government of the day has called for an amendment to the Citizenship Act. The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship submitted a Bill to make it easy for Immigrants In Canada to qualify for Citizenship quickly.
The Minister made it clear that this amendment is part of keeping a promise. His government promised to make changes to parts of the current Citizenship Act before they took office. Among other things, there is a provision in the current Citizenship Act that is believed to be creating two categories of Canadian citizenship. Today’s proposed legislation is aimed at making emphasis to the ideal that all Canadians are equal and must be treated the as such before the law. Canadians who are also citizens of other countries as dual citizens should not be subjected to different treatments than Canadians who were born in Canada or naturalized. In the words of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian”.
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship further explained that the proposal to amend the Citizenship Act is to revoke the previous law that makes it acceptable to strip off the Canadian citizenship of a dual citizen who commits a crime that is deemed to be against the interest of Canada. He maintains the Canadian justice system should apply the same punishment to crimes committed by any Canadian without resorting to citizenship classification.
Another part of the new Bill deals with how long a permanent resident is physically required to live in Canada before he or she qualifies to apply for Canadian citizenship. The Bill recognizes that most people spend considerable amounts of time in Canada as temporary workers like caregivers in Canada or temporary residents before they become permanent residents. It is therefore prudent to credit permanent residents who are applying for Canadian citizenship the time they spent in Canada as temporary foreign workers, foreign students or refugees. This move is estimated to shorten the time it takes for a permanent resident to qualify for Canadian citizenship by one whole year.
Last but not the least, another item on this Bill deals with age and language requirement for Canadian citizenship. The current law requires people within the age range of 14 to 64 years to pass English or French test in order to qualify for Canadian citizenship. The new legislation seeks to remove such barriers by changing the language requirement to 18 to 54 years of age. This is to ensure that immigrants in Canada can have more fulfilling lives.
This Bill is just the beginning of a wave of changes that are coming to the immigration system in Canada as a fulfillment to promises made by the current government before they came into power.