The federal government is making changes to citizenship laws that were brought in by the previous Conservative government.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum has introduced legislation to amend the Citizenship Act and provide greater flexibility for applicants trying to meet the requirements for citizenship and help immigrants obtain citizenship faster.
Among the changes are a bill that would repeal provisions that allow citizenship to be revoked from dual citizens who engage in acts of terrorism or certain acts against the national interest. McCallum says all Canadians who commit crimes should face the consequences of their actions through the Canadian justice system.
McCallum also says they will change a part of the Conservative government’s citizenship legislation that revoked a 50 per cent credit for international students. The immigration minister said this was the “stupidest” part of the previous citizenship act. McCallum says international students are the perfect candidates to become Canadians.
The bill also proposes to reduce the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada before qualifying for citizenship by a full year.
The age range to meet French or English language requirements and pass a knowledge test to qualify for citizenship, would also change to 18-54 from 14-64.
A Canadian is a Canadian – and today we’re repealing parts of the Citizenship Act brought in by the last government: https://t.co/Gx09l3dpu8
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 25, 2016