100,000 New citizens in Just Six Months
Canada welcomed its 100,000th new citizen of 2014 last week – more than double the number of new citizens admitted to the country by the same time last year.
The 100,000 new citizens, who came to Canada from more than 200 countries, were welcomed at more than 1,080 citizenship ceremonies held across the country. The citizenship ceremony is the last step before becoming a Canadian citizen and embracing the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. This success suggests that changes made to the system by the country’s government are helping people realise their dream of becoming Canadian.
“Our government is making significant improvements to the citizenship programme, and this high number of new citizens admitted so far this year demonstrates that our changes are working,” stated Chris Alexander, Canada’s Minister for Citizenship and Immigration. “Canadian citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history. Our government is proud to welcome the 100,000 new citizens who have joined the Canadian family so far in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming many more new Canadians in future citizenship ceremonies across our great nation.”
Canada has one of the highest rates of naturalization in the world with more than 85 per cent of eligible permanent residents become citizens.
Permanent residents become eligible to apply for citizenship once they have resided in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years prior to applying. All applicants must sit and pass a citizenship test before they will become citizens.