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Reforms to Canadian Citizenship Act Quickens Application Processing

August 2014, 02
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Canadian Citizenship Act
Chris Alexander, Citizenship and Immigration Minister of Canada, announced that the latest reforms towards Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act are providing great benefits which include reducing citizenship backlogs in over two years and quickening the processing of applications.

According to the overhaul of the Citizenship Act, the decision-making process of citizenship is reduced to one step instead of three steps. This reform along with other changes in the Act is outlined to enhance the integrity and safeguard the value of Canadian citizenship.

More number of decision makers has been employed to make sure that the citizenship applications are processed more rapidly and backlogs are reduced. It is anticipated that the applications for citizenship will be processed within a year in 2015/16 and the current backlog of applications will be lessened by over 80%.

Apart from the new rationalized decision making model, the Canadian Government has set an array of legislative reforms to further reinforce Canada citizenship program. These changes help to form a consistent system to review the citizenship decisions legally. These amendments are in addition to funding in Economic Action Plan 2013 of an extra amount of $44 million for more than two years to the citizenship program to ensure the processing of applications in a timely fashion.

Chris Alexander said that the Canadian Citizenship is considered to be highly important across the world and the government is dedicated to guarantee that the worthy applicants will be swiftly welcomed to the Canada.

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