Changes to citizenship requirements 2017 to 2018
On October 11, 2017, some changes to the Citizenship Act as a result of Bill C-6 became law. Here are some of the changes you need to know about:
You must be physically present in Canada for Three (3) out of the last Five (5) years with no minimum number of days per year, before applying for citizenship.
Previously: You had to be physically present in Canada for Four (4) out of Six (6) years, with a minimum of 183 days in each of the Four (4) years, before applying for citizenship.
Days spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident (as a temporary resident or protected person) within Five (5) years of applying for citizenship, count as ½ days, up to a maximum of One (1) year (365 days).
Previously: The time spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident did not count towards the physical presence requirement for citizenship.
Language and knowledge
If you are between the age of 18 years and 54 years old, you must:
- Meet language (English or French) requirements
- Take the Citizenship Test
Previously: If you were between 14 and 64 years you had to meet the language and knowledge requirement for citizenship.
You have to file Canadian income taxes (if required to do so under the Income Tax Act) for Three (3) out of Five (5) years, matching the new physical presence requirement.
Previously: You had to file Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for Four (4) out of Six (6) years. All the changes went into effect on October 11, 2017