Canadian Citizenship Applications Backlog

In order to speed up the backlog of citizenship applications the Immigration Minister has announced that the Government of Canada will be setting aside $44 million dollars over the next two years and 8 citizenship judges have been appointed.

In addition to this the Government has scaled their citizenship fraud investigations and is to determine to investigate those who are lying to obtain this status.

We are committed to helping qualified applicants require this privilege in a timely manner. – Immigration Minister Jason Kenney

Understanding the CIC’s New Rules

CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) has placed new rules.

  1. Those who fail their citizenship test will be given a second chance to re-write their test
  2. Applicants must submit proof of language proficiency.

Who’s Eligible For Citizenship?

In order to be eligible for Canadian citizenship, Canadian permanent residents must meet the following requirements:

Be 18 years or older

  • The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a child may apply for citizenship on their behalf

Must have permanent resident status in Canada

  • This status must not be ‘in doubt’, meaning no immigration investigations should be pending

Must live in Canada for 3 of the last 4 years. Must have knowledge of English or French

  • Proof of proficiency must be provided

Must pass a citizenship test

Cannot be prohibited from obtaining citizenship due to criminal activity

We Can Help With Your Canadian Citizenship Application

If you are seeking permanent residence or need help with your Canadian citizenship application, you can be certain that Niren & Associates will do all we can. With over 15 years of immigration experience, we have the expertise needed to guide you in the right direction.

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 Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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