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Canada Receives more than 260000 New Citizens in 2014

December 2014, 24
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Canada Welcomes Over 260000 New Citizens
The Citizenship and Immigration Minister of Canada (CIC), Chris Alexander stated that the country has welcomed over 260,000 new citizens in 2014, thanks to the government for making significant reforms to the citizenship program and to the Citizenship Act. The figure has hit the headlines by accepting twice the number of people admitted over previous year.

Apparently, the recent reforms outlined by the government to the Citizenship Act have improved processing times of citizenship applications. The new citizenship decision-making process, which remained effective from 1 August, has fast tracked the process from three to one step. From then, over 115,000 people have become the citizens of Canada, representing an increase of 90% over the same period last year.

Additionally, backlog rate for citizenship applications has been reduced by 17 % since June 2014. And, the processing fee for citizenship applications is increased from $300 to $530 for those applicants whose applications are received after 1 January 2015. However, these applicants can take the advantage of quicker processing times.

Minors whose citizenship applications will be presented for issuance and renewal will be exempted from this charge. On the other hand, fees for right of citizenship remain same for successful applicants and also the fee for citizenship proofs remains unchanged.

Alexander stated that the acceptance of over 260,000 new Canadian citizens itself demonstrate that the government’s reforms to the Citizenship Act are showing major impact to the Canadian society.

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