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Amendment to Immigration Act makes Syrian refugees eligible to vote in 2019

Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which has passed third reading in the Senate on May 3, 2017, reduced the length of time someone must be physically present in Canada to qualify for Citizenship to three years (1095 days) within the five years before applying for citizenship.

The amendment will make most of the Syrian refugees eligible to vote in the next federal elections in 2019. From November 4, 2015 to January 29, 2017, 40,081 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada, of whom 21,876 government-assisted refugees, 3,931 blended visa office-referred refugees and 14,274 privately sponsored refugees.

Speaking at a Panel Discussion Showcasing Best Practices for the Admission of Syrian Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland (March 30, 2016), John Mccallum, then the Minister of Immigration, refugees and Citizenship, said the following: “We also had a processing machine at home where people, when they arrived, it would take one hour to become landed immigrants, permanent residents, health cards. And they will – 90 percent of them will be full citizens within four years.”

Bill C-6 also authorizes the Minister of Immigratrion to seize any document that he or she has reasonable grounds to believe was fraudulently or improperly obtained or used or could be fraudulently or improperly used.

Bill C-6

This enactment amends the Citizenship Act to, among other things,

(a) remove the grounds for the revocation of Canadian citizenship that relate to national security;

(b) remove the requirement that an applicant intend, if granted citizenship, to continue to reside in Canada;

(c) reduce the number of days during which a person must have been physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship and provide that, in the calculation of the length of physical presence, the number of days during which the person was physically present in Canada before becoming a permanent resident may be taken into account;

(d) limit the requirement to demonstrate knowledge of Canada and of one of its official languages to applicants between the ages of 18 and 54; and

(e) authorize the Minister to seize any document that he or she has reasonable grounds to believe was fraudulently or improperly obtained or used or could be fraudulently or improperly used.

It also makes consequential amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

(i) been physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days during the five years immediately before the date of his or her application, and

It also makes consequential amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

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