Canada Highlights Fast-Track Citizenship For Military Personnel

By Dex Tennyson, for ExpatBriefing.com 16 October, 2014

Canada's Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has highlighted a new fast-track to citizenship for permanent residents and foreign nationals who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Alexander attended a citizenship ceremony involving Lieutenant Commander Michael Cornish, who received fast-tracked citizenship in Halifax earlier this month.

The new provision was introduced in June. It is available to individuals who have completed two years of service in, or with, the CAF in the four years before their application. Time served without pay counts towards the requirement, and Regular and Reserve Force members are eligible.

Foreign military members attached or seconded to the CAF do not need to have permanent residency to apply.

However, applicants still need to meet standard citizenship eligibility criteria, and ex-CAF members who were not honorably discharged are excluded from the scheme.

The Minister explained: "As Canadians, we recognize the important contributions of our Canadian Armed Forces members who risk their lives to defend Canadian values and protect our country. Through our recent changes to the Citizenship Act, our Government is working to ensure that deserving applicants, like those serving our country, can realize their dream of becoming Canadian sooner."

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