New Appeal Process For Citizenship Revocation In Canada
In March this year, the Canadian immigration minister, Mr Ahmed Hussen revealed that there is going to be a new appeal process for anyone who has been stripped off their Canadian citizenship on grounds of terrorism. Immigrants whose citizenship has been revoked including those who are facing a removal order will go through a new appeal process.
The changes will be made to revoke some of the rules that were approved by the previous conservative government. This includes a provision that will allow the Canadian government to revoke citizenship of persons who are convicted of terrorism or treason.
Bill C-6 is aimed at simplifying the residency conditions that were previously introduced by the conservative government. Persons who lose their residency on grounds of fraud are allowed to file an independent appeal. The new appeal process will entice persons who have been stripped of Canadian citizenship due to involvement in terrorism. Dual nationals whose Canadian citizenship has been revoked can take advantage of the new appeal process. The bill still supports revocation of citizenship from persons due to falsified information, criminal offenses and violation of human rights. This new appeal process is said to help avoid stripping citizenship from Canadians without any hearing.
Summary Of The Bill C-6
-The new bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act by removing national security grounds such as treason and terrorism as reasons for revocation of citizenship.
-The bill also seeks to remove the condition that anyone applying for Canadian citizenship should have an intention to stay in Canada after the citizenship is awarded.
-This new bill also seeks to lower the number of days that an applicant for permanent residency is required to be physically present in Canada for their application to be granted.
-The bill will limit the language requirements age to between 18 and 54
-The amendment of the bill will also give applicants a right to file an immigration appeal after the citizenship is revoked to the Federal court without leave.
-Once the bill is amended, the appellant will be able to access all the documents that were used by the IRCC or any other body to reach their original decision. The individual will also be given an opportunity to provide additional evidence that may or may not be available at the time of the application.
According to the immigration minister, Mr. Hussen, the current appeal process is constitutionally sound. However, the Canadian government is still willing to evaluate any suggestions that are brought forward in order to streamline the process and ensure procedural fairness.
How To File An Immigration Appeal
If your citizenship has been revoked, you can file an appeal and need to work with a reputable immigration attorney to get a favorable outcome. An immigration attorney will help you to prepare well for the hearing. Your lawyer will review your unique case and come up with evidence to support your situation. This includes assessing the reasons for revocation and developing a strong case for you.
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