Ontario Superior Court upholds Constitutionality of Citizenship Oath Requirement

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On September 20, 2013, Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the “ONSC“) released his decision in McAteer et al v. Attorney General of Canada, 2013 ONSC 5895 (“McAteer“).  McAteer involved a constitutional challenge to the citizenship oath requirement on the grounds that the requirement violates the constitutional protections of freedom of expression, freedom of religion, … Read More

The Residency Test for Citizenship

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Confusion exists regarding what the residency test for citizenship is. Bill C-37 provides that someone must be physically present in Canada for three out of the four years before applying for citizenship. However, this Bill is not yet in force. The Koo test therefore still applies.

Revocation of Citizenship and Statelessness

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I have received several questions about whether Jason Kenney is breaking international law by revoking peoples’ Canadian citizenship.  Specifically, many readers want to know whether international legal norms permit a country to render someone stateless. For those who are not familiar with the term “statelessness,” it refers to individuals who are not a citizen of … Read More

Changes to Language Requirements

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New Language Requirements for Citizenship and PNP Applications Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) has introduced new language requirements for citizenship applications and certain provincial nominee applications.  For citizenship applications, the changes will introduce objective language requirements for most applicantions.  For certain provincial nominee program (“PNP”) applications, the changes will introduce mandatory language testing. The Citizenship … Read More

Canada and Birthright Citizenship

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Those reading about the immigration debate raging in the United States over Arizona’s recent attempt at passing Senate Bill 1070 might be forgiven for missing a quieter discussion that is taking place in the immigration community about recent calls by prominent Republicans for the abolition of birthright citizenship. Should Canada do the same?

Bill C-37, the Strengthening the Value of Canadian Citizenship Act

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On June 10, the Conservative government introduced Bill C-37, also known as the Strengthening the Value of Canadian Citizenship Act (“Bill C-37“). The legislation will result in five changes if passed. These are: Regulate Citizenship Consultants Increases Penalties for Citizenship Fraud Strengthen Rules For Residence Requirement Expand Ban on Criminals Becoming Citizens Crown Exception to First … Read More