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Graphic - Canada's citizenship decision-making process

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Canada's previous decision-making model for citizenship applications was a three-step process: an application went from a citizenship officer to a citizenship judge and then went back to a citizenship officer.


Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

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Important changes to strengthen Canadian citizenship and speed up application processing come into force August 1, 2014. The provisions were included in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which became Canadian law on June 19, 2014.


What is CIC doing to reduce citizenship processing times?

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As a result of a $44 million investment in Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 to reduce processing wait times, and recent changes to the Citizenship Act, citizenship applications are taking less time to process.


Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act: Blueprint for Citizenship Improvements

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Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which became Canadian law today, includes a number of important changes making the citizenship program more efficient so that qualified applicants will obtain citizenship more quickly. It is expected that by 2015–2016, these changes will bring the average processing time for citizenship applications down to under a year and that the current backlog will be reduced by more than 80 percent.


Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act: Cracking down on citizenship fraud

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New amendments to the Citizenship Act reinforce the value of citizenship and strengthen the integrity of Canada's citizenship program. Citizenship fraud is a real problem with the RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigating several large-scale cases of residence fraud involving more than 3,000 Canadian citizens and 5,000 permanent residents.


Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act: Extending citizenship to "Lost Canadians"

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On January 1, 1947, the first Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect. Before that date, a person who was born or naturalized in Canada was considered a British subject. The Citizenship Act of 1947 established who was, and who could become, a Canadian citizen.


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