Speedier Process for the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

As reported by NewsWire.ca – Minister Chris Alexander (Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration) announced that recent changes to the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act are already showing results. Citizenship applications for foreigners to become permanent residence are now being processed more efficiently and backlogs are at their lowest level in more than 2 years.

Changes to the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

The number of decision makers for the Ā Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act has increased which will ensure that citizenship applications are processed more quickly and backlogs are reduced.

“Canadian citizenship is highly valued around the world and our government is committed to ensuring that deserving applicants can be welcomed into the Canadian family more quickly. This is good for Canada’s economy, and good for Canadian society.” – Chris Alexander

Benefits of the Newly Updated Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

The re-evaluation of the Citizenship Act condensed the procedure from three steps to just one. This change and others were designed to improve program integrity and safeguard the value of Canadian citizenship.

It is estimated that by 2015 / 2016 the processing time for citizenship applications may be less than a year. It is also projected that the current backlog of applications will be reduced by more than 80%.

Current Changes to the Citizenship Act

In addition to the improved decision making process, the government has initiated an array of legislative amendments to further improve Canada’s citizenship program. These amendments relate to authorities to refuse incomplete applications and a uniform system for judicial review of citizenship decisions are also now in effect.

These changes were part of Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014. These improvements are in addition to funding in Economic Action Plan 2013 of an additional $44 million over two years to the citizenship program to ensure the timely processing of applications.

We will report more on this and other related immigration stories as the information becomes available.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Associationā€™s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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