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Citizenship Applications for Canada Balloon Post Govt. Makes Language, Residency Laws Easier

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Canadian Government’s widely reported move to make the language and residency requirements for citizenship simpler this fall, seems to have gone down with the aspirants what with an increase in the number of the petitions submitted for the Canadian citizenship getting detected.

The available figures from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) reportedly reveal an average of 3,653 applications were being submitted every week in the six months before the improvements were brought in October 11, 2017.

The figure jumped to 17,500 petitions the week after the latest requirements came into force. Though 12,530 applications were submitted the week post that, statistics for the following weeks is not still obtainable.

As per a concerned person from the IRCC, cutting down the physical presence condition gives additional flexibility to the candidates to fulfill the different terms & conditions for citizenship and motivates additional immigrants to walk on the path to citizenship. She added that it assists those who have already started developing lives in the Maple Leaf Country attain citizenship quicker.

In recent years, an average of 200,000 citizenship petitions has been presented every year.

She further said that given variations in application rates are likely after the rule amendments, the IRCC earmarked resources to manage "surge capacity" and keep times for processing below the 12-month service standard.

Reacting to the development, another concerned person reportedly stated that it's premature to come to a conclusion if the swell in figures represents a blip or it is a part of a longer-term tendency. However, he added that he opines that an increased rate of citizenship nurtures social unity and eases public tensions with the reason being immigrants have a deeper association to the nation and to Canadian public.

Key Changes

The needed duration of physical presence in the country is cut down to 3 out of 5 years, from 4 out of 6 years.

A section of the time spent in the nation before Permanent Resident standing will matter and count toward the requirements for residency, and it will proffer credit to the impermanent manpower and students.

The age range for language & knowledge requirements is cut down to 18 to 54 years old, from the preceding condition of 14 to 64.

However, exorbitant charges, allegedly, continue to be a hurdle for some to submit an application for citizenship, particularly those in the family reunification or refugee classes with overextended finances.

Processing Fee Increases

The processing fee reportedly swelled to $630 in 2014-2015, which comprises a $100 "right of citizenship" cost. Though it’s still much lower, vis-à-vis the charges in Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S, it’s higher in relation to Australia, New Zealand, Germany and France.

Allegedly, reducing costs would mirror the truth that promoting citizenship offers not just personal advantage, but an advantage to the greater Canadian society when individuals may take part completely even as this does not exclude involvement in the political process.

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