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Hi, this is Michael Niren, I’m an immigration lawyer, and founder of
VisaPlace.com. Today, I’m going to talk to you about the proposed changes
to Canadian citizenship law. The government is talking about a few changes
which are significant.
One of the changes is that to qualify for citizenship, the period in which
you have to remain in Canada as a permanent resident may be extended beyond
what it currently is, which is three years of the last four years since
So there’s a possibility that, in order to qualify for Canadian citizenship
as a permanent resident, you may have to be in Canada four, fix, or even
six years, we don’t know exactly, because the bill hasn’t been passed yet.
But that is definitely on the books, and it may happen soon.
Another change is that, potentially, individuals who are foreigners, and
the mother gives birth to a child in Canada, that child may not be
automatically granted the citizenship. There is some controversy
surrounding expecting mothers who come to Canada and give birth to children
in Canada and they automatically get citizenship. That law may be changing.
Finally, for individuals who participate in the Canadian armed forces, they
may be eligible for fast-tracked citizenship. So there’s a lot of potential
changes that may be happening soon, in 2014, as soon as we find out the
details I will report back to you and let you know what they are.
Currently, the law is the law, it hasn’t changed yet, but it will. So
hopefully we’ll get some more information. Thank you very much, and have a
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