Important Changes to Canadian Citizenship Rules
Come into Effect October 11, 2017
As of Oct. 11 th , the number of years a person must be physically present in Canada
before being eligible for citizenship will be three out of five years, rather than four outof six.
Another change is that, only newcomers between the ages of 18 to 54 will be required
to take and pass a knowledge test. Previously, the age range was 14 to 64.
There are also changes to citizenship eligibility regarding time spent in Canada prior
to becoming a permanent resident such as time spent in Canada as a foreign worker,
international student, refugee claimant.
The government is also rewriting the citizenship oath to incorporate a reference to
treaties with Indigenous Peoples.
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