Eligible immigrants being urged to apply for citizenship now

by / Monday, 29 September 2014 / Published in Citizenship

Qualified permanent residents have less than a year to beat new residence and age requirements. 

How many of you have heard of Bill C-24, the new citizenship Act? We are writing to explain about the changes that are about to take effect. We are advising you to file your application as soon as possible if you are already eligible. When Canada enacted the new law in June, many, including front –line immigrant settlement workers, assumed it would take effect immediately and that little could be done to beat its more restrictive criteria. In fact some of the most controversial changes-requiring citizenship applicants to be present in Canada for four years out of six(rather than three years out of four), and raising the age of exemption from language and citizenship tests to 65, from 55-won’t come into force until next June (2015).

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