IRCC says revised citizenship rules are resulting in more new Canadians
· Applications jumped more than 130 percent in 9 months after rules changed in October 2017,
· IRCC says an estimated 152,000 people will have received Canadian citizenship since changes were introduced that reduced the number of days a permanent resident had to be physically present in Canada before he or she can apply for citizenship,
· IRCC said the number of people who received Canadian citizenship in the 12 months after the revised rule took effect is a 40 percent increase over the same 12-month period in 2016-2017.
· The number of applications for citizenship also skyrocketed to 242,680 in the nine months following the change, an increase of more than 130 percent compared to the 102,261 applications received over the same period in 2016-2017,
· It also allowed applicants who had spent time in Canada in the previous five years as a temporary resident or protected person to claim up to 365 days towards the three-year physical presence requirement, with each day spent in Canada counting as a half day, and
· Canada also limited language and knowledge requirements for citizenship, which had been mandatory for applicants between the ages of 14 and 64, to applicants between 18 and 54 years of age.