Canada Processing Citizenship Applications Faster

By Dex Tennyson, for 22 October, 2014

Canada's Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has said that recent reforms are responsible for quicker citizenship processing times and a reduction in the country's citizenship application backlog.

Speaking at a citizenship ceremony, Alexander explained that the backlog has been reduced by 13 percent since June and is now at its lowest level since spring 2012. He said that the backlog of "non-routine" cases has also decreased.

According to Alexander, almost half of those cases in which a Residency Questionnaire (RQ) was issued prior to November 2013 have now been resolved. He added that a record number of decision-making officers will evaluate thousands of RQs from new applicants. He stressed that the onus remains on applicants to prove that they meet the requirements.

The new decision-making process was introduced from August 1, 2014, following the approval of changes to the Citizenship Act in June. The Government says that the changes are helping to improve efficiency, while also strengthening the integrity of the citizenship program.

Nearly 50,000 people have become Canadian citizens since the new system was introduced. That is a 172 percent increase from the same period last year.

Tags: Citizenship | Canada | Expats | Immigration | Visas And Passports | Immigration |


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