Hi, this is Michael Niren, I’m an immigration
lawyer, and founder of VisaPlace.com. Today, I’m going to talk to
you about the proposed changes to Canadian citizenship law. The government
is talking about a few changes which are significant.
One of the changes is that to qualify for citizenship, the period in which
you have to remain in Canada as a permanent resident may be extended beyond
what it currently is, which is three years of the last four years since
applying. So there’s a possibility that, in order to
qualify for Canadian citizenship as a permanent resident, you may have to be
in Canada four, fix, or even six years, we don’t know exactly, because
the bill hasn’t been passed yet. But that is definitely on the books, and it
may happen soon. Another change is that, potentially, individuals
who are foreigners, and the mother gives birth to a child in Canada,
that child may not be automatically granted the citizenship. There
is some controversy surrounding expecting mothers who come to
Canada and give birth to children in Canada and they automatically get citizenship.
That law may be changing. Finally, for individuals who participate in
the Canadian armed forces, they may be eligible for fast-tracked citizenship.
So there’s a lot of potential changes that may be happening soon, in 2014,
as soon as we find out the details I will report back to you and let
you know what they are. Currently, the law is the law, it hasn’t changed
yet, but it will. So hopefully we’ll get some more information.
Thank you very much, and have a great day.