A bill to change the Citizenship Act of Canada has finally been approved by the Senate along with some amendments. This bring the legislation one step closer to becoming a law. As and when this bill becomes a law, immigrants in Canada will be able to apply for Canadian citizenship more easily and earlier than before.
In a Senate gathering with zero absenteeism, 45 members voted in favor of the bill while 29 members voted against it. The Bill C-6 passed the house at nearly 4 PM on 3rd May, 2017. members of the House of Commons have been asked by Senators in Ottawa to review the bill along with the amendments that are made by the Senate.
In June of last year, the draft bill had already passed the House of Commons. Royal assent is required before the bill can become a law. The C-6 will reduce the number of years that a permanent resident in Canada is required to live before he or she can become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.
It proposes to reduce this time period from four out of six year to three out of five years. Along with this, temporary residents of Canada who are living on study or work permit will be able to use a portion of their time spend towards the three-year requirement.
The bill also removes the requirement for language proficiency on an increased number of applicants and the intent to provide provision. The House of Commons passed the bill last year for language testing for age range of 18 to 54. However, after an amendment put forward by Independent Senator Diane Griffin, the age limit was changed to 18 to 60 years.
This progress clearly indicates that Canada wants to make a suitable environment for immigrants who are coming to the country. The relaxation proposed in becoming citizen of Canada will certainly be welcomed by thousands of immigrants who are living in the country.