May 15, 2024

Canadian Citizenship Proof Processing Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Standards

Canada expedites citizenship proof processing, now delivering decisions in as little as three months, surpassing pre-pandemic rates. Wait times have markedly reduced, showing even swifter progress than pre-outbreak standards.

This improvement particularly benefits foreign nationals with at least one Canadian-citizen biological or legal parent, who can now expect expedited processing of their Canadian citizenship applications.

Understanding Proof of Citizenship: Navigating the Canadian Citizenship Application Process

Under the Citizenship Act of Canada, children born outside of Canada to Canadian parents do not automatically obtain citizenship. Instead, they must apply for proof of citizenship, and upon approval, receive a certificate of Canadian citizenship. Passport Canada recognizes two documents as evidence of Canadian citizenship: this certificate and a Canadian birth certificate. Therefore, obtaining a citizenship certificate is crucial for individuals seeking to apply for a Canadian passport.

Irrespective of the status of a person's Canadian parent, they have the right to apply for proof of citizenship at any stage of their life.

Adopted children of Canadian parents are ineligible to apply for citizenship documentation through this process. They must pursue alternative legal procedures to attain Canadian citizenship.

Introducing Amendments to Citizenship Legislation

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice declared on December 19, 2023, that the Canadian law limiting second-generation citizenship was unconstitutional and required revision.

This law barred Canadians born abroad from automatically passing on their citizenship to their children.

The Ontario Superior Court highlighted the discrepancy in citizenship treatment between Canadians born abroad and those born in Canada, emphasizing the automatic transmission of citizenship to offspring for the latter. As a result, the court mandated the federal government to revise the Citizenship Act within six months to rectify this inequality.

The administration could have challenged the court’s ruling for a month, but it chose not to. Now that the federal government has chosen not to challenge the Ontario court’s decision, changes are anticipated, though it is still unclear how this ruling will affect people seeking Canadian citizenship by descent.

Benefits of Canadian Citizenship

There are numerous advantages to Canadian citizenship. Beyond the security of permanent residency and protected rights, citizens enjoy access to various social programs and services, such as more affordable healthcare and education. Additionally, they have the privilege to run for political office and participate in Canada's democratic processes by exercising their right to vote.

Moreover, Canadian citizens have the privilege to apply for a Canadian passport, recognized as one of the most widely accepted passports globally. They can also sponsor family members for immigration to Canada and typically have the option to pass on their citizenship to their children.

Additionally, dual citizenship enables Canadian nationals to retain citizenship in other countries that recognize such arrangements.

Seizing the Opportunity: Migrating to Canada from the Middle East with Pelican Migration Consultants

With the recent changes in Canadian citizenship laws and the advantageous prospects of Canadian citizenship, Pelican Migration Consultants stands ready to guide individuals from the Middle East in leveraging this opportunity to immigrate to Canada. Our expertise in Canadian immigration procedures and personalized assistance ensures a smooth and efficient migration process for our clients.

  1. Expert Guidance: Our team of experienced immigration consultants provides comprehensive support in understanding the latest Canadian immigration policies and navigating the application process.
  2. Tailored Solutions: We assess each client's unique circumstances and goals to develop customized immigration strategies that maximize their chances of success.
  3. Documentation Assistance: We assist clients in compiling and organizing the required documentation, ensuring accuracy and completeness to avoid delays or rejections.
  4. Application Management: From filling out forms to liaising with Canadian immigration authorities, we handle all aspects of the application process on behalf of our clients, minimizing stress and uncertainty.
  5. Post-arrival Support: Upon arrival in Canada, our support continues with settlement services, including orientation, housing assistance, and access to resources to help clients integrate smoothly into their new environment.