Minister Ahmed Hussen of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that the changes to Bill C-6 or an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act will take effect on October 11, 2017.
For the full video announcement, watch here:
Specifically, the changes are the following:
- Applicants must be permanent residents of and physically reside in Canada for at least 1,095 days (three years) during the five years before the date of their application. (instead of 4 years out of 6 years)
- Eliminating the 183 days of physical presence requirement
- Restores consideration of time spent in Canada as a non-permanent resident (non-PR) for most applicants to a maximum of one year of credited time.
- Reduces the period to three years for adult applicants to file Canadian income taxes, if required under the Income Tax Act, to be eligible for citizenship.
- Applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 must meet basic knowledge and language requirements.
Source: Canadian Immigration and Citizenship