Category Archives: Canadian Citizenship

The new Canadian Citizenship rules for Newcomers – What You Need to Know

On February 6, 2014, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander unveiled the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act since 1977. With the unveiling of Bill C-24, the Strengthening of Canadian Citizenship Act, the Canadian Government purports that the new Bill will protect the value of Canadian citizenship while creating a faster and more efficient Citizenship process for those […]

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Immigration Department Closing Citizenship Applications to Reduce Backlog

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is closing citizenship applications of unresponsive applicants in an effort to reduce its backlog and speed up application processing. A new article by Postmedia News lists some factors that could be used to determine which applications are dormant: Citizenship and Immigration will shut the files of those who fail to attend multiple scheduled citizenship tests […]

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Dozens of Citizenship Events Held for Canada Day

Over 30 special citizenship ceremonies were held across Canada, mostly in major cities, on Canada Day to mark the granting of citizenship status to Canadian permanent residents and to celebrate the country’s birthday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) included a map of all events on their website to direct Canadians who wanted to observe the ceremonies and welcome the new […]

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CIC Releases Audio Book Version of Citizenship Test Guide

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the release of a downloadable audio eBook of the Discover Canada citizenship test guide on Friday. The eBook allows a reader to listen to an audio version of the guide while they follow along by reading the text on any digital viewer. Since launching in 2009, almost one million hard copies and 400,000 digital copies […]

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Citizenship Application Process to Get Easier With Test Re-Takes

Following recent changes to the citizenship application process that increased the difficulty of acquiring Canadian citizenship, including the introduction of proof of minimum language proficiency and an increase in the difficulty of the citizenship knowledge test, the federal government is reversing course to make it easier for permanent residents to meet citizenship eligibility requirements. According to an announcement made on Monday, […]

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Vancouver Sun: Hong Kong Immigrants Returning to Asian Homeland

A story in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun reports that an increasing number of Canadian citizenship of Hong Kong origin are moving back to the South East Asian city, according to demographic data: Statistics Canada’s numbers tell the tale. Despite Canada’s rapid population growth in the past 15 years, there are now 32,000 fewer Hong Kong-born residents in Canada than there were in […]

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National Post Reports Increase in Citizenship Crackdown

A new story in the National Post, one of Canada’s largest national newspapers, reports an expansion in the crackdown on citizenship fraud: Normally, Ottawa revokes citizenship from only a handful of Canadians a year. Since 1947, it has happened fewer than 50 times. Recent cases include Nazi war criminals and Branko Rogan, who concealed his involvement in Bosnian war crimes from […]

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New Language Requirements For Canadian Citizenship Coming into Effect November 1st

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today that the majority of citizenship applicants will be required to demonstrate language proficiency in English or French when they apply, effective November 1st, 2012. Currently, CIC assesses applicants’ language proficiency through the interaction their staff have with the applicant, and from the applicant’s citizenship knowledge test results. Under coming changes, citizenship applicants will […]

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Immigration Minister Announces 3,100 Having Citizenship Revoked, 11,000 Under Investigation

The investigation into citizenship and permanent residence fraud has expanded to nearly 11,000 people, and federal immigration authorities are in the process of revoking the citizenship of 3,100 individuals, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced today. “Today’s announcement is the end-result of the hard work done by the RCMP and CBSA, and they […]

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Immigration Minister to Make Announcement About 2,900 People Under Investigation for Citizenship Fraud

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is scheduled to speak to the press tomorrow and is expected to announce that 2,900 people will be stripped of their Canadian citizenship for providing fake proof of residency. Most of the individuals under investigation were clients of a small number of consultants who offered to help people qualify for citizenship through fraudulent means. […]

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