Timeline of Citizenship Act changes

On June 19, 2017, Bill C-6 passed Parliament. Some immediate changes include:

  • Intent to live in Canada once granted citizenship is no longer required.
  • Citizenship revocation provisions only applying to dual citizens are repealed.
  • Minors can qualify on their own without the need to have a Canadian parent.

 

During the summer of 2017, IRCC will conduct the required regulatory process, train staff, and make the necessary technology changes for the fall of 2017.

 

The following changes are expected to come into effect in the fall of 2017:

  • Physical presence in Canada requirements will be reduced to three out of five years.
  • A portion of time spent in Canada before permanent resident status will count towards residency requirements.
  • Age range for language and knowledge requirements will be reduced to 18-54 years old.

For a complete list of changes made to the Citizenship Act and when they take effect, please read the Bill C-6 Backgrounder

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Passport Application Clinics at Immigrant Services Calgary

Are you a new Canadian citizen? Do you need help to apply for your Canadian passport? Immigrant Services Calgary is hosting free passport application clinics on Saturdays in September.

Please be aware this service is available by appointment only. To register, please call 403-265-1120 ext. 303.

Please gather and bring the following documents to your appointment.

  1. Citizenship certificate (Must)
  2. Guarantor’s information (See application form P6)
  3. Two references’ information (See application form P3)
  4. Emergency contact information (See application form P3)
  5. Two photos as required (See application form P4)
  6. Documents to support identify (Driver’s license, AB provincial ID card, AB Health card, etc.)
  7. Address information in the past two years
  8. Occupations in the past two years (Starting date, ending date, employer or school, address, telephone, field of employment or study)
  9. Mother’s maiden name
  10. Additional documents required for minor applicants under age 16 (See Child general application form P5)

Minister Hussen announces major step forward in gender equality by making changes to passports and immigration documents – IRCC

As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights is an imperative for governments and individuals alike. This includes gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support LGBTQ2 rights and advance the Government’s agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion. An “X” will make it easier for people who do not identify as female (“F”) or male (“M”) to acquire passports and other government-issued documents that better reflect their gender identity.

Starting August 31, 2017, IRCC will be the first Government of Canada department to introduce interim measures, which include allowing individuals to add an observation to their passport stating their sex should be identified as “X,” indicating that it is unspecified. Interim measures will be available until IRCC is able to print documents with an “X.”

Today’s announcement follows steps to protect Canadians in their right to the gender identity of their choice, and freedom of gender expression. Earlier this summer, Bill C-16 amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and added gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

In the coming months, the Government of Canada will continue this important work in developing a consistent federal approach to how its programs and services collect, use and display sex and gender information so Canadians can have their gender more accurately reflected in government documents while also protecting their privacy. Our government is committed to better reflecting the gender identity and gender diversity of Canadians.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.

Canada’s Asylum System and the Associated Facts – Infographic

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) created a new infographic to help you understand Canada’s asylum system and the associated facts.

Image source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In this infographic, IRCC also mentioned the fact: “Asylum seekers are asking for protection under international and Canadian laws. They are separate category and are neither ahead nor behind applicants for immigration, permanent residence or citizenship.”

Save Time: Send a Complete Application – a Video Tutorial from IRCC

Are you filling out an immigration application from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)? IRCC provides a tutorial video shows you how to complete your application correctly and avoid common errors that can cause delays. The tutorial will help anyone traveling or immigrating to Canada, applying for Canadian citizenship, sponsoring a refugee or filling out other applications.

IRCC also suggested that the best way to make sure you have completed your application properly is to read the instruction guide carefully.

How can I tell if an immigration website is a scam? – IRCC

There are many commercial or private websites that offer immigration or citizenship services. Some promote legitimate representatives’ services that you will need to pay for. Others will offer false guarantees to take your money or steal your private information.

A website might be a fake or a scam if:

  • you are asked to pay to access application forms and guides. IRCC only charges fees to process your application.
  • the website offers special, too good to be true immigration deals, or guarantees entry into Canada, high-paying jobs or faster processing of your application.
  • it looks like an official Government of Canada site but it is only in one language and does not have the Canada.ca URL or a URL that ends with “.gc.ca.”
  • you must provide personal information, financial information or make a deposit before you even start the application process.
  • there is no padlock in the browser window or https:// at the beginning of the web address to show it is a secure site. Even if the site appears secure, be cautious.
    https:// at the beginning of a web address
    A padlock in a browser window
  • the website was advertised in an email from a stranger that you did not ask for.
  • you cannot reach anyone listed in the website’s contact information, or the website has no contact information.
  • the company’s or representative’s credentials cannot be found on the site. Paid representatives have to be authorized.
    • This means they are a member in good standing of the designated body for their group.

To avoid website scams:

  • Do a Web search to see if anyone has reported any problems with that site.
  • Contact the website owner by telephone or email before you do anything.
  • Make sure your browser is up to date.
    • Browser filters can help detect fake websites.
  • Beware of websites advertised in emails from strangers that you did not ask for.
  • Do not give out personal information unless you are sure the site is secure and you know whom you are dealing with.
  • Read disclaimers, notices, and terms and conditions before you do anything.
  • If you choose to pay for a service, understand what you will receive for your money before you accept or sign anything.

If you come across a fraudulent website, report it to:

Source: How can I tell if an immigration website is a scam? – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada