Canadian citizenship

New Bill on Canadian Citizenship Makes Citizenship Applications Easier

March 3, 2016

By Mary Zhang, Law Office of Jeff J. Li Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) , John McCallum outlined proposed changes to Citizenship Act today aiming to repeal the old controversial Bill C-24. If the new bill passed, the following would take place: Terrorism or other crimes against the national interest would not…

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New Citizenship Application Measures in Force June 11, 2015

June 9, 2015

Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li On June 11, 2015, the last set of the new citizenship application measures stipulated in Bill C-24 will be implemented.  As a whole, the new measures set a higher bar for people to apply for Canadian citizenship.  Below are the main changes summarized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and…

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Bill C-24: The New Amendments to the Citizenship Act

July 7, 2014

By Jeff J. Li On June 19, 2014, Bill C-24, also known as Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, received royal assent. The Bill introduced major changes to the current citizenship grant regime. Most significantly, citizenship applicants will need to be physically present in Canada for a total of four out of their last six years. In…

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Abandonment of citizenship applications and proof of residence

November 20, 2012

On November 16, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced Operation Bulletin 476, entitled “Abandonment of citizenship grant applications where proof of residence has not been provided.” Below is an excerpt of the Bulletin. Background Applicants for Canadian citizenship are responsible for providing all of the required information in support of their application in order for…

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New citizenship language requirement effective November 1, 2012

September 28, 2012

[CIC] Ottawa, September 28, 2012 — Most citizenship applicants will soon be required to provide up-front objective evidence of their language ability at the time they apply, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. This change will be implemented as of November 1, 2012. Currently, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) assesses the language ability…

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Important Changes to the New Citizenship Certificate

February 1, 2012

Note: The following is a news release by Citizenship and Immigration Canada provided here by Jeff Li Immigration Lawyer The document which Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues to prove Canadian citizenship will be changing soon. As of February 1st, 2012, CIC will no longer produce the current plastic wallet-sized citizenship certificate. Instead of the wallet-sized card, new…

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10 most important immigration policy changes in 2011

December 29, 2011

 There are many changes, expected or unexpected, with respect to Canadian immigration in 2011. While some of the changes like super visa will facilitate some people’s entry to Canada, most are to fight immigration fraud and to limit immigration to Canada. “It is apparent that the Conservative Government is tightening immigration policy as a whole,”…

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Canadian citizenship not for sale: Minister Kenney provides update of investigations into citizenship fraud

December 23, 2011

  Note: The following is a news release by Citizenship and Immigration Canada provided here by Jeff Li Immigration Lawyer Montreal, December 9, 2011 — The Government of Canada is now investigating 6,500 people from more than 100 countries for fraudulently attempting to gain citizenship or maintain permanent resident status, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason…

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Proposed Citizenship Act amendment: Upfront evidence of language ability required

October 18, 2011

On October 15, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published notice in the Canada Gazette with respect to a proposed amendment of the Citizenship Regulations (Regulations). If passed, the amendment will require adult applicants to provide upfront evidence of their official language ability when they submit their citizenship application. Under the amendment, the applicants will…

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