Tuesday 12 May 2015

Major Changes to Canadian Citizenship Eligibility Requirements

May 2015 - The Government of Canada has announced major changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act that will affect the requirements for eligibility among other factors.  It is unknown at this time as to the exact date when the new law will apply, so it is very important for those presently eligible to file their applications as soon as possible.

At present the residency requirement in order to be eligible is physical presence in Canada for three out of the four years prior to the date an application for Citizenship is filed.  Under the new law the requirement will be physical presence for four years out of the six years prior to the date an application for Citizenship is filed.

Other changes include a requirement for individuals between the ages of 14 to 64 to meet a language requirement and knowledge test.  Presently this only applies to individuals between the ages of 18 to 54.

For more information on the many changes that will affect those wishing to apply for Canadian Citizenship please call our office at 514-939-9559 or email us at brownstein@videotron.ca.

Brownstein, Brownstein & Associates Inc.
6000 Cote des Neiges, Suite 590
Montreal, Quebec
Canada, H3S 1Z8
514-939-9559  Office
514-993-2223 Herbert Brownstein   Herbert@brownsteinlaw.com
514-962-5881 Mitchell Brownstein  Mitchell@brownsteinlaw.com