The Liberal government has been concentrating their legal initiatives on enhancing the existing Citizenship Act in order to enable immigrants to get v earlier as well as less complicated than the procedure currently in position. The goal, according to the chair of the house Immigration Committee, MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, is for the bill referred to as C-6 is passed in to the law by Canada day of this year.
Several of the recommended amendments to the current act consist of the decrease of the residency obligation for a permanent resident to apply for Canadian Citizenship from 4 out of 6 years to 3 out of five years. It would also consider the time invested by an individual on short-lived status in Canada to count to the time called for to get the Canadian Citizenship. One of the highlights of C-6 is to eliminate the present provision that allows the citizenship of a dual Canadian Citizen to be revoked if they are founded guilty of treason, espionage or terrorism.
Below is a listing of the suggested changes
Repeal of cancellation stipulation
Current Regulations— Authority to withdraw Canadian citizenship for certain acts against the nationwide passion of Canada. These premises include sentences of terrorism, high treason, treason or spying offences.
Suggested changes– Abolish national interest grounds for revocation.
Abolition of purpose to reside provision
Current Regulations – In order to be provided Canadian Citizenship, candidates must have the intent of staying in Canada.
Suggested changes – Repeal intent to reside arrangement
Physical visibility in Canada
Current Regulations – In order to request Canadian Citizenship, an applicant needs to physically be present in Canada for 4 from 6 years before the day of application
Suggested changes – Physical availability from 3 out of 5 years before the date of application
Counting Temporary Status
Current Regulations– A candidate could not count the time they invested in Canada on temporary status in the Citizenship application.
Recommended changes – Applicants will have the ability to count every day they were literally present in Canada as a protected person or temporary resident prior to becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, as much as a maximum of one year of attributed time.
Less difficult yearly physical visibility requirement
Current Regulations – A candidate has to be physically present in Canada for a minimum of 183 days in 4 of the last 6 years.
Suggested changes – Repeal the minimum 183 days physical existence in the 4 years
Fewer individuals have to verify language efficiency
Current Regulations — Candidates aged 14-64 are required to fulfill the language needs and pass a proficiency exam.
Suggested changes – Applicants aged 18-54 should fulfill language requirements as well as pass the understanding examination.
Canadian income taxes
Current Regulations – An applicant is required to file Canadian revenue taxes, if required to do so under the Earnings Tax obligation Act, for four tax years from six years.
Suggested changes— A candidate must file Canadian revenue taxes, if required to do so under the Revenue Tax obligation Act, for three taxes years out of five years.
Conditional sentence now a bar
Current Regulations – An applicant can count the time spent by them offering a conditional sentence order in the direction of conference physical visibility demands. Convicted candidates who are offering conditional sentence orders are not restricted from being given citizenship or taking the oath of citizenship.
Suggested Changes—an applicant cannot count the time invested under a conditional sentence order towards satisfying the physical existence demands; neither can those offering a conditional sentence order be granted citizenship or enabled to take the oath of citizenship.
Canadian citizenship oath
Current Regulations— There exist a stipulation restricting candidates from taking the oath of citizenship if they never met or no more meet the needs for the grant of citizenship. Nevertheless, this does not put on any applications that were received before June 11, 2015.
Suggested changes – The existing stipulation will certainly also apply to applications still in process that were received prior to June 11, 2015.
New stipulation to respond to fraud
Current Regulations – There exists no specific authority for citizenship police officers to take illegal papers associated with the processing of applications.
Suggested changes – Citizenship officers will have the authority to confiscate papers supplied if there are reasonable grounds to think they are illegal, or being used.
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