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Do I qualify for Canadian Citizenship Status?

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Canada Work Permits and Citizenship

Do I qualify for Canadian Citizenship Status?

On June 19, 2017 Canada’s Parliament passed Bill C-6, which introduced changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act. These changes are slowly being implemented in stages. On October 11, 2017, the next phase of changes was implemented to the Citizenship Act, which streamlines the process for Permanent Residents to become Canadian Citizens.

These changes are as follows:

  • The length of required physical presence in Canada has been reduced to a minimum of three out of the last five years before becoming eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.

  • A portion of time spent as temporary foreign worker or student before becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident will now be counted toward residency requirements, which will give credit to temporary workers and students.

  • The age range for language and knowledge requirements for Citizenship has been reduced to 18-54 years old; and

  • Filing of income taxes before applying for Citizenship is reduced to three out of five years.

With the above changes, a candidate who has stayed in Canada for a total of 1,095 days within the last three (3) years out of five (5) years will now be eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship. Previously candidates would have had to wait 1,460 days or four (4) years to be eligible for Canadian citizenship.

This change in the law represents the Government of Canada’s goal for the immigration system to reunify and bring families together.

For more information on the changes to the Citizenship Act, please click here.


Evelyn Ackah

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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