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Minister Kenney announces new Citizenship Judge for the Greater Toronto Area

May 14, 2013
Fabiola Arevalo

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today that Marian Sami, LL.B., has been appointed as a Citizenship Judge for the Greater Toronto Area.

Marian Sami, LL.B., practiced law in Toronto prior to her appointment. She is an active member of the community through her involvement in a number of children’s charities. She has served as a community liaison to lawmakers and as a consultant for cultural events.

Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.

Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through rigorous screening, including a written exam, reference check and oral interview. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: information-seeking, judgment/analytical thinking, decision making, effective communication, cross-cultural sensitivity, leadership, self-confidence, self-control and writing ability.

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