Sunday, February 8, 2009

The latest on citizenship for IA kids...

OK, so maybe Jason Kenny wasn't really listening.

The latest and most comprehensive overview of how the new citizenship bill will affect children who were born outside Canada was written by Doug Chalke, exective director of Sunrise Adoption agency in BC.

The quick take-home messages:
1) kids who came into Canada via sponsorship as a family-class member and who obtained permanent resident status prior to citizenship are not impacted at all

2) kids who came into Canada (or who are yet to come) under the "direct citizenship" process WILL be subject to the restrictions of the new bill (or their kids possibly will be, if that's the way you want to look at it)

3) after the bill goes into effect in April, the only way to ensure that a foreign-born child is NOT subject to the restrictions of the new bill is to sponsor the child through the PR process vs. going the direct citizenship route.

But, don't take my word for it- read the summary here:

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