Canadian Citizenship laws will likely be changing over the next few months. These changes will have consequenses for many prospective Canadian citizenship applicants, especially for children born outside of Canada.
Generally, these changes have impact both foreign born children adopted by Canadian citizens, as well as children born to Canadian citizens abroad.
There are exemptions however: if you are an expatriated government employee or a member of the Canadian Forces on assignment out of the country when a child is born, the child remains a Canadian citizen regardless. The new rules also do not apply to anyone who has already received their citizenship.
Canadians who are not Canadian-born, wishing to adopt foreign-born children will be impacted. This is especially relevant if you are about to become an expatriate (even to the U.S) or were adopted by a Canadian citizen:
The purpose of the new legislation as outlined in a Globe and Mail article states that “The regulations, which follow an immigration law passed by Parliament last year, are aimed at keeping foreign-born Canadians from passing citizenship to children while living outside Canada.”
Who may benefit from the new rules
There are those that will be positively affected by the new legislation. Some people who have had their citizenship revoked may be eligible to get it back under the new rules:
So if you qualify under the new Canadian citizenship rules, make sure to hold off on submitting your Citizenship application until April 17, 2009 when the legislation is scheduled to come into effect.
The bottom line is that when going through any kind of immigration or citizenship application, awareness of the current laws is essential. A knowledgeable applicant is far more likely to succeed as well as have their application processed faster.
For more information on the proposed rules, you can visit Canada immigration at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/rules-citizenship.asp. or contact an immigration lawyer about the new Canadian citizenship changes.
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