International students can soon expect a faster route to Canadian citizenship now that Bill C-6, an act to amend the Citizenship Act, has passed into law. By fall 2017, it is expected that international graduates who become permanent residents will be able to count a portion of their time studying in Canada towards their citizenship residency requirement.
Each day spent in Canada as an international student or worker can count as a half-day, up to a maximum of 365 possible days. In addition, the residency requirement in order to be eligible for citizenship has also been reduced from four years to three years. Combined with the possibility of counting half days, this means that international graduates may be eligible to apply for citizenship as soon as two years after they obtain Canadian permanent resident status. [Read more…]