Immigration Students and Workers

Give international students and temporary residents credit for time already spent in Canada.

Liberal Platform Page 63 October 5, 2015
Jun 2017

Bill C-6 Receives Royal Assent

Government of Canada June 19, 2017

Changes expected to take effect in fall 2017 Applicants may count each day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

Feb 2016

Ottawa reverses course of Canada’s 'easier to lose, harder to get' citizenship

Toronto Star February 25, 2016

The Liberal government has introduced new legislation to remove barriers to citizenship erected by its Conservatives predecessors while retaining and extending officials' authority to deal with fraud.

The changes, expected to be implemented later this year, will provide greater flexibility for applicants trying to meet the requirements for citizenship and help immigrants become full-fledged Canadian citizens sooner, said Immigration Minister John McCallum.

What matters most to would-be citizens are the proposed changes to citizenship requirements including [...] allowing time in Canada before permanent residency to count toward physical residency requirements, which would benefit refugees and those previously in Canada on study or work permits.