Program delivery update – June 21, 2017

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Update to program delivery instructions to reflect Bill C-6 amendments to the Citizenship Act


Bill C-6, An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. The program delivery instructions related to the topics noted below have been updated to reflect the following amendments to the Citizenship Act that came into force upon Royal Assent:

  • repeal of the national interest grounds for revocation;
  • repeal of the requirement for citizenship applicants to declare their intent to reside in Canada once granted citizenship;
  • provision stipulating that time spent under a conditional sentence order cannot be counted toward meeting the physical presence requirements and that those serving a conditional sentence order are prohibited from being granted citizenship or taking the oath of citizenship;
  • provision prohibiting applicants from taking the oath of citizenship if they never met or no longer meet the requirements for the grant of citizenship also applying to applications still in process that were received prior to June 11, 2015;
  • inclusion of statelessness as a ground for consideration under subsection 5(4).

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