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Bill C-6 Passes, Allowing Quicker Transition to Canadian Citizenship for Immigrants

the CanadaVisa Team - 21 June, 2017

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Bill C-6, an act amending the Canadian Citizenship Act, has officially passed into law, placing current and future immigrants to Canada on a faster pathway to one of the world’s most desired citizenships.

C-6 received parliamentary Royal Assent in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, on the evening of June 19, 2017.

Despite the passage of the bill into law, it should be noted that not all measures would come into force immediately. Notably, the change in the residency days requirement — from four out of six years, to three out of five — has not yet come into effect, though the government plans on implementing this new measure in the fall.

Below is an outline of the changes expected with the new Citizenship Act, and the periods these changes are expected to come into effect. The most recent changes to the act afford many immigrants to Canada and their loved ones more favorable citizenship eligibility requirements, in alignment with the vision of a more inclusive naturalization process that benefits newcomers and the Canadian economy alike.

Immediate changes as of June 19, 2017

Expected changes to take effect in Fall/Autumn 2017

Expected changes to take effect early 2018

Many of the amended changes present in Bill C-6 are intended to enhance the citizenship process and revoke provisions that promoted perceived unequal treatment of some citizens in certain cases.

With C-6 now law, and some of its measures now in effect, readers can find out if they are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship using the CanadaVisa Citizenship Calculator.

To find out more about applying for Canadian citizenship, please send an email to citizenship@canadavisa.com. Please include information about your time as a Canadian permanent resident, as well as any information about previous time spent in Canada with temporary status.

To find out if you are eligible to immigrate to Canada through one of the currently available programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.


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