Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent
June 19, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Today, Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent.
Changes to the Citizenship Act reflect the Government’s commitments to streamline the citizenship process, enhance program integrity, and repeal certain provisions of the Act that treated dual citizens differently than other Canadians. Some changes to the Citizenship Act take effect immediately upon Royal Assent, while others take effect at later dates to ensure the necessary regulatory changes and departmental
June 20, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Express Entry to begin awarding additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada and to candidates with strong French language skills
June 5, 2017—Markham, ON – Improvements to the Express Entry system taking effect tomorrow help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy.
Starting on June 6, new points will be awarded to candidates with siblings in Canada. Studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society.
Other changes to the Express
June 7, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Stripping people of Canadian citizenship without hearing unfair, judge rules
TORONTO -- Stripping new Canadians of their citizenship without giving them a proper chance to explain themselves is a violation of their rights, a Federal Court judge declared Wednesday.
In a key decision, Judge Jocelyne Gagne struck down provisions of the Citizenship Act enacted by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper, saying they conflict with principles of fundamental justice.
The decision comes in eight cases -- considered as test cases -- that challenged the constitutionality of the changes made in May 2015. Those amendments barred people from going to court to
May 11, 2017 - Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Changes to Regulations Will See Age Increased for Dependent Child
May 3, 2017—Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child which will allow more families to stay together. This change showcases the Government’s commitment to family reunification.
The new age limit of “under 22” will come into effect this fall, on October 24, 2017, raising it from the current “under 19” requirement. The increased age will apply to new applications for all immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, including for refugees.
May 4, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses and Partners
April 28, 2017—Ottawa, ON – To uphold its commitment to family reunification and to support gender equality, the Government of Canada has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status.
This change applies to anyone who was subject to the requirement, as well as to new spouses and partners who are sponsored as permanent residents.
Eliminating conditional permanent residence supports the Government’s commitment
April 28, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Canada to welcome more French-speaking skilled immigrants with new changes to Express Entry
March 31, 2017—Moncton, NB – Canadians are building a world-leading innovation economy. One way to do this is by making improvements to Express Entry—Canada’s flagship skilled-worker immigration application management system.
Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy.
Starting on June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to
April 3, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada