SULTAN JESSA: Citizenship changes needed

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rastic changes to Canadian citizenship rules are long overdue.

Finally, the Tory government is considering a major overhaul to the Canadian citizenship laws.

The proposed reforms will be the first comprehensive ones in more than a generation.

Ottawa has emphasized the goal of strengthening the value will be presented to the House of Commons soon.

One of the changes will be to extend the residency period requirement.

According to the federal government site, currently permanent residents must be physically present in Canada for at least three years out of the last four years to qualify for citizenship.

Under proposed changes, applicants would need to live in Canada for a longer period before being able to apply for citizenship.

Also, under the new citizenship legislation, babies born in Canada will not be granted automatic citizenship anymore.

There were too many complaints over the last few years regarding what came to be termed as “birth tourism,” where female tourists come to Canada to give birth so that the child obtains Canadian citizenship.

The new legislated has not yet been fine tuned.

Government officials are still working on proposals to make the new rules fair and reasonable to everyone.

Many are already suggesting the new rules will spark a huge controversy.

This remains to be seen.

The new changes will be introduced by Chris Alexander, the minister of Immigration who replaced Jason Kenney.

Alexander is a rising star in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

No one can deny major changes are needed to make the Canadian citizenship more meaningful.

Just because one is born in Canada should not make the person a Canadian citizen. This rule should be simple and there should not be any shortcuts.

In past years, there has been a lot of abuse.

It is time to put an end to any abuse.

The Canadian government has been cracking down on “alleged fraud” in reported physical presence in Canada for renewals of permanent residence cards and for granting Canadian citizenship.

This is a known fact which had been widely reported in the media.

The Canadian citizenship is sacred and meaningful.

People from all around the world would love to come and live and work in Canada.

However, Canada should only welcome genuine applicants.

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