One of the most contentious changes will be:
Adult applicants must declare their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens and meet their personal income tax obligations in order to be eligible for citizenship.
The wording is loose and some think the rule changes may also apply to after one becomes a citizen.
This raises questions:
- Can you be deemed not eligible for citizenship if you’re not showing enough intention and bond with Canada?
- What are the standards and meaning of intention?
- Are you breaking the rules that you signed up for and have your citizenship revoked if you don’t meet the standard?
It will be interesting to see if debates and the coming election in autumn will make this controversial and vague rule change more clear.
Here is a clip with CIC Minister Chris Alexander in the Senate committee meeting on June 12 2014 trying to respond to the concern of the wording:
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