Canada immigration alert: Waiting period for citizenship cut to a year

The application process towards obtaining Canadian citizenship should take no longer than a year and the current backlog should be reduced by 80 per cent by the year 2015, anticipated the Canadian Government.

Last week, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander unveiled the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act since 1977 in the form of Bill C-24, or the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.

Creating a faster and more efficient process for those applying for citizenship is one of the objectives of the reforms. In order to achieve this, important legislation will be adopted reducing the decision-making process from three steps to one.