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Citizenship Updates

November 22, 2011
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CIC advised citizenship applicants must have a CLB 4 benchmark – adequate knowledge of English or French – ages 18-54 – standard must be met upfront at time of filing –return files otherwise – less citizenship hearings for judges to determine language requirements.  Current processing times – 18 months – just too long to find out do not meet requirements.

Exceptions to benchmark tests include PTSD, disability etc.

Government funded language training –accept a range of evidence – IELTS, TEF, CELP Intention to change the regulations

Australia and US have 6 months processing times – Canada hope to match

Bill C-37 not proceeding as of now.


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