Residency Issues

Key changes to the Citizenship Act which came into effect June 11, 2015, have been made to deter citizens of convenience, i.e. those who become Canadian citizens for the sake of having a Canadian passport which would entitle them to certain benefits, without making a contribution to the economy.

The key residency changes, in force June 11, 2015 include:

  • Adult applicants must now be physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four years) during the six years before the date of their application;
    • Furthermore, they must be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days in each of the four calendar years within the qualifying period;
  • Adult applicants must declare their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens and meet their personal income tax obligations in order to be eligible for citizenship; and
  • Stronger penalties for fraud and misrepresentation (to a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or up to five years in prison) are aimed at deterring unscrupulous applicants who are prepared to misrepresent themselves, or advise others to do so

Please contact an immigration lawyer at Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP about these important changes to the Citizenship Act and whether you now qualify to apply for Canadian citizenship.

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