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On Wednesday a bill in Senate was passed with amendments to bring changes to the Citizenship Act of Canada. It is expected that this bill will bring the legislature closer to be declared as a law. As an outcome of the bill, the migrants coming to Canada will be able to apply for the citizenship earlier and in a much easier way than before.

Bill C-6 was passed in the Senate at around 4 pm on Wednesday, 3rd May, after a vote of 45 for, 29 against, and zero abstentions. The Senators in Ottawa have asked their contemporaries at the House of Commons to appraise the bill again, which includes the amendments done by the Senate. The amendments were done previously in the month of June 2016 after the draft of the bill was passed by the House of Commons.

Bill C-6 will reduce the time duration spent by the foreign nationals staying in Canada on Permanent Residency to become eligible to apply for the citizenship. As per the bill the PR holders now need to spend only 3 years out of 5 years instead of 4 years out of 6 years. In addition to it, those who have stayed in Canada on temporary basis – i.e. on a work or study permit will now be counted in portion of the time spent towards the 3 year requirement.

The bill C-6 will also eliminate the intent to provide provision, and as an outcome a lot of applicants will be exempted from the mandatory language ability requirements.

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