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Canada accepts almost double the number of people as its citizens in March 2014

April 2014, 04
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Around 33,700 people from 199 nations have become the citizens of Canada at ceremonies of citizenship that were held all over Canada in March 2014. This number is about 2 times the number that was recorded in March 2013, when 17,089 people had been granted citizenship.

The new citizens of Canada have been received at 312 ceremonies of citizenship that were held all over the country.

This high rise in the number of citizens is indicative of the fact that a lot of amendments and enhancements have been made to the immigration system over the previous year, which has resulted in the present system that is being found to be more capable than the previous one. The decrease in the backlog has come about as a result of the enhancements made to the system, thus rendering help to more number of people to turn their dreams into reality. The Canadian government has also put forward some changes in Bill C-24, the ‘Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act’. This would decrease the wait times by an efficient process of decision-making, for citizenship. It is anticipated that these changes would bring down the average time required to process the applications of citizenship to under 1year and as a consequence, the present backlog would be reduced by more than 80 % by 2015-2016.

Quick facts

•    Until now, in 2014, Canada has gladly accepted more than 75,900 new citizens at 759 ceremonies all over Canada. Comparatively, within the first 3 months of 2013, Canada has received 35,320 new Canadians.

•    128,936 people have been granted citizenship of Canada in 2013, at an average of 10,745 per month.

•    Since 2006, Canada has taken pleasure in maintaining the highest levels of immigration in the history of Canada, on an average of 257,000 foreigners each year. As a result, the demand for citizenship has risen by 30%.

•    Canada has the highest rate of admitting foreigners as the citizens of its country across the globe - 85% of the qualified permanent residents become citizens. In 2013, Canada‘s Citizenship and Immigration department has received 333,860 citizenship applications, the highest number ever.

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