Canadian Immigration News: Eligible permanent residents of Canada can apply to become citizens with just a few mouse clicks now that the online citizenship application website is live.
“The new online application is user-friendly,” boasts Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on its website.
“For example, you can now save partially completed applications and resume them later, upload supporting documents and proof of payment, print a PDF and request a receipt.”
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The IRCC actually released the online application tool in late 2020, but was only testing it to determine its capabilities in the real world. The final version went live on August 11.
It is now open to online citizenship applications for all applicants aged 18 and over who:
- apply as an individual (not as a family);
- not have a representative, and;
- do not declare residence outside of Canada as a Crown official or with a family member of a Crown official.
Online applications open to families and children later in 2021
The IRCC will open the online application website to families (groups) and minors under the age of 18 later this year and representatives to apply on behalf of their clients and clients who are declaring residence at the IRCC. outside of Canada as a servant of the Crown or with a crown member of the domestic family in 2022.
Permanent residents are eligible for Canadian citizenship if they:
- have lived in Canada for three of the past five years;
- have filed their income tax returns;
- can pass a citizenship test, and;
- meet language requirements.
There are, of course, circumstances that could make a permanent resident ineligible for Canadian citizenship, such as having committed a crime. Immigration officials advise anyone uncertain of their eligibility to contact their lawyer or the arresting officer.
New citizens take an oath to recognize Canada’s First Nations
Permanent residents who successfully qualify for Canadian citizenship will be among the first to take an oath that recognizes the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
“The citizenship oath is more than words. It’s a declaration of belonging, ”Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino tweeted earlier this year.
“The oath will now recognize the rights and treaties of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, responding to (the Truth and Reconciliation Commission) the call to action 94 and ensuring that new Canadians understand their important role in our past and our present.
The new citizenship oath took effect on June 7
The terms of the citizenship oath were amended by Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act, on June 6 and came into force the following day.
Under the previous oath of citizenship, the new Canadians declared: “I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors, and that I faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.
But the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), whose mandate was to inform Canadians of what happened during the operation of residential schools, returned six years ago with a recommendation to change the oath of citizenship. .
In its six-volume final report to the federal government of Canada, the TRC made 94 recommendations after spending six years hearing from over 6,500 witnesses across the country.
Ottawa has decided to act on many of these recommendations, and the change to the citizenship oath, slightly modified from what the TRC had proposed, is one such change.