Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has come out with a policy memo to help with applicants who need to be re-tested for citizenship knowledge test in order to be approved for Canadian citizenship. Please see the following web link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2014/ob530B.asp
There is a complicated set of criteria that the CIC department devised to try to categorize applicants and make use of the processing time for the citizenship application.
On Friday, February 21st, 2014, the Immigration Minister announced a number of changes to the Canadian citizenship Act. None of these changes have been passed as law yet. But it is expected that these changes will make it through Parliament in short order so that they will take legal effect later this fiscal year. Some of the changes are as follows:
- The amendments would require applicants to be physically present for four years (1,460 days) in a six-year period, and require applicants to be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days per year in four of the six years.
- Under the proposed measures, time spent in Canada as a non-PR would no longer meet citizenship residency requirements.
- In addition, proposed changes would require applicants to file Canadian income taxes, if required under the Income Tax Act, in order to be eligible to apply for citizenship.
- Proposed changes would expand the age group from 18–54 to 14–64 of citizenship applicants required to demonstrate language proficiency and take the knowledge test. Language and/or knowledge requirements may be waived on compassionate grounds and on a case-by-case basis.
These are very serious changes that our federal government is considering. It is probably best for applicants to be conscientious regarding their travel history. It’s a good idea, for instance, to purchase a pocket diary and make a note about when you are inside Canada and when one has travelled outside of Canada.
In regards to travelling abroad and entering at all Canadian ports of entry, it is good advice and wise for non-Canadians or foreign nationals to be very well prepared with their immigration documents, ensure they are not carrying any contraband in their possession and as well, ensure that they are not going to be refused entry especially if they are going to enter Canada direct from USA. There are many foreign nationals who have lived in USA as illegal workers and who then have the privilege of being approved for immigration into Canada. They proceed to Canada for entry and are denied entry because of a problem with their documentation. If they are returned to the USA they could face expedited removal proceedings.
These are helpful points for all of our members to be informed about.
DAVID H. DAVIS* BA., LLB
And Licensed Recruiter – No. 604-0812-1006
Under Employment Standards
Office of the Manitoba government
DAVIS IMMIGRATION LAW OFFICE*
Suite 201 – 233 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2A7
Phone: 204-956-2336 ext. 201
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