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Government of Canada facilitates access to Canadian citizenship for minors

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

February 16, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Government is committed to encouraging all immigrants, including minors under 18 years of age, to acquire citizenship. To help make that easier, the fee for minors applying under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act has been reduced. On June 19, 2017, the royal assent of Bill C-6 immediately brought into force a legislative amendment that removed the requirement to be 18 years old to apply for a grant of citizenship under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act. This made it easier for minors to apply for citizenship on their own behalf. One of the strongest pillars for successful integration into Canadian life is acquiring Canadian citizenship.


Spouses being reunited more quickly in Canada

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

February 14, 2018 – Mississauga, ON – Over the past year, the Government of Canada has made significant improvements to the spousal sponsorship process, making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.


Government of Canada strengthens fairness of the citizenship revocation process

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

February 5, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Government does not take the revocation of citizenship lightly, and is committed to integrating enhanced fairness into the process. Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that provisions of Bill C-6 involving changes to the citizenship revocation process came into effect.


Parents and Grandparents Program reopening in new year

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

December 22, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian citizens and permanent residents will soon be able to take the first step in applying to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada, when the Parents and Grandparents Program reopens in 2018.


Federal government continues to make family reunification a priority

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Caregivers and their families will be reunited and the inventory of Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) applications will be largely eliminated by the end of 2018, thanks to the commitments made today by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.


Canada lifts visa requirements on Romania and Bulgaria

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

December 1, 2017– Ottawa, ON – Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria no longer need a visa as of 9 a.m. ET (4 p.m. EET) today, to travel to Canada for short stays (normally for up to six months) for business, to visit family and friends, or for tourism.


Canada, Ontario to cooperate on maximizing the benefits of immigration

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement creates a framework to attract, select and support skilled newcomers November 24, 2017 – Toronto, ON – A comprehensive agreement on immigration was signed today in a ceremony at Queen’s Park by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.


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