In June 2017, the Canadian government got rid of the clause that only allows 18 and older to apply for citizenship in its Citizenship Act. And now, the government reduced the application fees from $530 to only CAD 100 for minors apply for citizenship. Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister of Canada, announced the good news on February 20, 2018. Minors whose parents are applying at the same time or are Canadian citizens already are also eligible for these fees.
Removing the 18+ rule allows minors who’ve raised in foster care or welfare care to apply for citizenship if they fulfill all other criteria. Those minors, who paid the fees before June 2017, will be contacted to give them a refund of $430. The government is planning to complete all refunds in 12 weeks starting February 14, 2018. However, one must know that the criteria are a little different for minors with citizen parents and minors who are applying alone.
Criteria that are the same
1. Permanent resident – yes
2. Language proficiency test – not required. The minor applicant doesn’t need to provide knowledge requirement proofs as well.
3. Oath of citizenship – required to take
4. Co-applicant signature – parent or guardian has to sign the application form along with the minor since the person is responsible for the minor’s welfare until he or she is an adult.
Criteria that are different
1. Minor who has a parent doesn’t need to file income tax returns, but the one with no parents need to file.
2. Minors without parents need to show proof that they were in the country for the past three years.
Canada considers the youth as the future of the country, and it is necessary to treat them in the right way. Reducing application costs and relaxing rules for minors will take Canada a long way.
Minors whose parents are applying at the same time or are Canadian citizens already are also eligible for these fees.