Canada PR holders will enjoy quicker and smoother transition to citizenship from October 11 as crucial provisions of Changes to the Citizenship Act Bill C-6 become effective. Ahmed Hussen the Immigration Minister of Canada said in Ontario that the government intends that all Canada PR holders become citizens. This is the desire of the government as it values citizenship of Canada. It also accepts that as a community Canada welcomes people from all across the world, added Hussen.
The positive impact and importance of immigrants in the Canadian society are also understood, said Ahmed Hussen. They also play a crucial role in the cultural life, society and economy of Canada, explained the Immigration Minister.
The changes to citizenship that become effective on October 11 include the total days spent by applicants’ as Canada PR holders prior to application of citizenship. It also includes the manner in which these days are calculated, as quoted by the CIC News.
Earlier, 1460 days out of 6 years had to be spent by applicants as Canada PR holders before applying for citizenship. From October 11, they are required to spend only 1095 days or three years over a period of 5 years to become eligible for citizenship.
For applicants of citizenship who arrived in Canada to study or work the changes to citizenship will reduce the number of days, they have to spend as Canada PR holders. In some cases, this may be even reduced to 2 years.
From October 11 onwards it will no longer be required for applicants of Citizenship to be physically present for 183 days in Canada in 4 out of the 6 Years prior to the application.
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