Citizenship Certificates

21st Nov 2015 Comments Off on Citizenship Certificates

Last updated on November 29th, 2018

Last Updated on November 29, 2018 by Steven Meurrens

Any Canadian citizen may apply for a citizenship certificate.

The application package can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) website here.

The current standard processing time is 5 months.  If someone lives outside Canada or the United States, and has applied through a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate, it may take  an additional 2 to 4 months beyond the estimated processing times to process your application.  The CIC website does list ways to expedite processing.

We have below reproduced CIC’s internal master checklist for citizenship certificate applications in the hopes that this will help you structure your application in a way that allows CIC to process it as fast as possible.

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Chris Alexander – The Good, The Bad, and the Barbaric

5th Nov 2015 Comments Off on Chris Alexander – The Good, The Bad, and the Barbaric

Last Updated on November 5, 2015 by Steven Meurrens

On November 4, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed John McCallum as the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.  He replaced Chris Alexander, who had been the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration since July 15, 2013.  Mr. Alexander was one of 60 Conservative Party of Canada Members of Parliament who lost their seats in the October 19, 2015, federal election.

Had the Canadian public on election night not replaced CPC with the Liberal Party of Canada as government, or had Chris Alexander at least even won his own seat, it would have perhaps been difficult to summarize Mr. Alexander’s tenure as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.  However, at least one of the causes of the Conservative defeat was the Canadian public’s rejection of a party that increasingly encouraged what can only be described as intolerance and callousness.  Both of these descriptions will likely be remembered as the defining features of Mr. Alexander’s term as Minister.

It is difficult to write this because I do not know how much influence Chris Alexander actually had within his own department.  It was often speculated by immigration policy observers that Mr. Alexander was running CIC under the subtle direction of his predecessor, Jason Kenney, and that Canadian immigration policy was also increasingly being dictated by the Prime Minister’s Office.  I do not know how accurate how these theories are. Nonetheless, regardless as to what extent Chris Alexander’s actions were dictated by either Jason Kenney or the PMO, I can only judge Mr. Alexander’s tenure based on what occurred, and not on whatever deliberations may have transpired internally.

With this caution aside, I will now review below what I consider to be The Good,

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