Citizenship Immigration

Canada Celebrates Citizenship Week

Naomi Alboim | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada
Naomi Alboim

Canada's immigration selection system has always been rigorous, in part because we have viewed immigrants as "citizens in waiting." After three years of permanent residence, they are able to apply for citizenship and more than 89 per cent choose to do so -- one of the highest naturalization rates in the world. But, recent and proposed changes to Canada's immigration and citizenship rules are making it much more difficult for immigrants to become citizens.