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IRCC loosens citizenship requirements

Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com she welcomes long-awaited changes to the Citizenship Act.

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen recently announced that from Oct. 11, only people between the ages of 18 to 54 will be required to take and pass a knowledge test as part of the citizenship process. The old age range caught prospective immigrants between 14 and 64 years of age.

In addition, the number of years a person must spend physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship will be reduced from four out of six years to three out of the last five. They can also count half the days they spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident toward meeting the physical presence requirement, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

Peter Baraian