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Canadian Citizenship - the rising trend

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October 12, 2018

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By Pradyuman Jhala

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The Government of Canada has issued the statement about the rise in number of people receiving Canadian Citizenship. The rise is attributed to the fact of rules been revised which have made it easier to obtain the Canadian Citizenship.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have also estimated that by the end of the month of October, 152000 people would have received the Canadian Citizenship. They have also described the changes in rules as the primary reason for the increase.

About the Rules: As a law there are certain requirements to be fulfilled before the Citizenship is granted to the individual. One of the basic rules being complying with the condition of staying in Canada for at least 1,095 days out of the 5 years before you apply i.e. the date you sign your application. An individual might be able to use some of their time spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person towards their physical presence calculation. Each day spent physically in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident within the last 5 years will count as one half day, with a maximum of 365 days, towards their physical presence.

This rule was effective as of October 11, 2017. Prior to the change permanent residents had to be physically present in Canada for the equivalent of four out of six years to qualify for applying for the citizenship. The revised rule has prompted a 40 percent increase over the 12 months period. The number of applications for citizenship also skyrocketed to 242,680 in the nine months following the change, an increase of more than 130 per cent compared to the 102,261 applications received over the same period in 2016-2017.

Canada also revised the language and knowledge requirements rule. They have been made mandatory for the applicants between 18 and 54 years of age which was restricted to 14 and 64 age range earlier.

Both these factors have helped the permanent resident and other qualified individuals to secure the Citizenship and respect the rights and duties towards this beautiful country.

In a statement marking Citizenship Week, which runs from October 8 to 14, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, said the amended rules for obtaining Canadian citizenship are having the desired effect.


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