Thousands of overseas immigrants in Canada possessing the Canada PR will now be benefited with the enactment of the Bill C-6 for amending the Citizenship of Canada as it has received Royal Approval. Canada PR holders can now apply for the citizenship just by completing three years of stay in Canada.
Several modifications will come into immediate effect from June 19, 2017. It is no longer mandatory for overseas immigrants who have acquired the Canadian citizenship to remain in the nation once they secure it. It will offer much freedom to Canadians who may be required to move out of Canada for personal or professional reasons, as quoted by the CIC News.
Overseas immigrant minors can now apply for the Citizenship of Canada even if they do not have a Canada national parent. This is because the clause for age restriction is now eliminated from the Citizenship Act.
An individual who has custody of a minor can apply for the Canadian citizenship on behalf of the minor except in situations when this condition is waived by the Minister. For this the individual must have been authorized either by the court, functional law or written agreement.
Individuals possessing the Canada PR and who are serving a provisional sentence cannot acquire citizenship or take the oath of allegiance. The sentence period will also not be calculated for the residency requirement for citizenship.
For availing discretionary authorization of Citizenship a new stand-alone ground of Statelessness has been added. The Citizenship Act will now also give adequate reasonable accommodation to the needs of a disabled applicant of Citizenship of Canada. Canada nationals residing with dual citizenship and convicted of crimes will be given on par treatment with any other citizen of Canada who has violated the law.
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