Canadian Citizenship application processing time reduced

Monday, August 11th, 2014 11:06:18 by

Chris Alexander, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister, has said in a press release that citizenship application processing times are improved which has lower the backlog at the lowest levels during the past two years. His department is aiming to achieve processing time of the citizenship application under one year by 2015-2016. A record number of Canadian permanent residents applied for Citizenship last year to avoid stricter new Citizenship rules.

Canadian Citizenship minister claimed in the statement that amendments introduced in the Citizenship Act through the Strengthening of Canadian Citizenship Act is already working and backlog of the citizenship application was at the lowest levels during the last 2 years.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is targeting to lower the backlog by 85 per cent in 2015-2016 with processing time of the most application under 12 months.

New amendments in the Citizenship Act will give power to the decision makers to refuse the incomplete citizenship applications. A uniform judicial review process for the citizenship decision is also introduced through new changes in the Citizenship Act.

Canadian permanent residents applied for citizenship in record numbers during 2013 before the implementation of tougher citizenship rules and 333,860 applications were received by the Citizenship and Immigration.

“Canadian citizenship is highly valued around the world and our government is committed to ensuring that deserving applicants can be welcomed into the Canadian family more quickly,” said Chris Alexander.

“This is good for Canada’s economy, and good for Canadian society,” the Minister added.

More than 85 per cent of the Canadian permanent residents obtain the Canadian citizenship.

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