The Conservative government is considering dramatic changes to the Canadian Citizenship laws of Canada. These reforms to the Citizenship Act will be the first comprehensive ones in more than a generation. With the goal of strengthening the value of Canadian citizenship, these changes are expected to be presented to the House of Common in 2014.
One of the changes would be to extend the residency period requirement. Currently, permanent residents must be physically present in Canada for at least three years out of the last four years to qualify for citizenship. Under the new changes, people would need to live in Canada for a longer period before being able to apply for citizenship.
Also, under the new citizenship legislation, babies born in Canada wouldn’t be granted automatic citizenship anymore. There has been much complaint over the last few years regarding “birth tourism”, where female tourists come to Canada to give birth so that the child obtains Canadian citizenship.
The new legislation has not been finalized yet, but at this point, it looks like the changes will be quite significant. Canadian citizenship will be most likely be harder to get for permanent residents of Canada. We suggest you apply now before the changes take effect.
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