November 22, 2011

Citizenship Updates

Posted by admin - Bellissimo Law Group PC

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.