How Bill C-6 Amendments affect Permanent Residents to become Citizens?

Yesterday Bill C-6 (an act amending the Citizenship Act) received Royal Assent.

Some of key changes include:
* reducing the physically present in Canada requirement from four out of six years, to three out of five years;
* removing the requirement that applicants must demonstrate that they intend to continue to live in Canada once granted citizenship;
* allowing applicants to partially count days spent in Canada, prior to becoming a permanent resident.

Some of the changes will take immediate effect, while others will take effect at later dates to ensure a smooth transition for applicants.

You may consult the News Release and Background Information on the Canadian Government’s website.

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