Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has announced that the country has welcomed its 100,000th citizen of 2014. This more than doubles the number of new citizens sworn into the Maple Nation than had been done by this time in 2013, adding further support to the claim that Canada is a firm favourite with skilled migrants looking to make their move.
Coming from over 200 countries, the 100,000 new citizens were interred at over 1,000 ceremonies taking place across Canada. This ceremony is the final step before becoming a bona-fide Canadian citizen.
To speed up the decision-making process with regards to citizenship, the Canadian Government is proposing changes in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. According to the Government of Canada website, it is hoped that these changes will bring the average processing time for citizenship application to under a year and that the current backlog will be reduced by more than 80 percent by 2015/16.
Indeed, since 2006, Canada has attained the highest sustained levels of immigration in the country’s history, averaging 250,000 new migrants each year. On top of this, more than 85% of those eligible permanent residents become citizens, and since 2006, Canada has welcomed almost 1.5 million happy new Canadians.
“Our Government is making significant improvements to the citizenship program, and this high number of new citizens admitted so far this year demonstrates that our changes are working. Canadian citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to our values rooted in our history. Our Government is proud to welcome the 100,000 new citizens who have joined the Canadian family so far in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming many more new Canadians in future citizenship ceremonies across our great nation.”
Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship And Immigration Minister
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