Today, our government is proud to be implementing changes to the Citizenship act resulting from Bill C-6. These changes will remove the barriers that Bill C-24 created for permanent residents. The following changes will come into effect on October 11, 2017.
- Reducing the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship from four out of six years to three out of five years. This will help individuals who have already begun building lives in Canada achieve citizenship faster.
- Amending the age range for applicants to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship from 14 to 64 years to 18 to 54 years. Changing the age range for citizenship applicants to meet language and knowledge requirements to 18 to 54 years from 14 to 64 years will help younger and older citizenship applicants, who may face greater challenges in meeting the language and knowledge requirements, obtain Canadian citizenship.
- Counting some of the time applicants spend in Canada as temporary residents or protected persons toward their physical presence requirements for citizenship. Each day an applicant was physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person can be counted as half a day towards meeting their physical presence requirements for citizenship, up to a maximum of 365 days within five years before applying for citizenship.
- Reducing the time required for applicants to file income taxes before applying for citizenship from four out of six years to three out of five years, to align with the physical presence requirements.