Citizenship fast-tracked for armed forces members
Canada welcomed two new citizens under the recently-launched fast-track provision for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recognized the contributions of Lieutenant Commander Michael Cornish, who received fast-tracked citizenship in Halifax on October 2, 2014. At a separate event in Kelowna, British Columbia, Lieutenant Colonel Michael McGinty, who received his citizenship on September 12, 2014, was officially welcomed to the Canadian family by MP Ron Cannan.
The new fast-tracked provision was part of the government’s reforms to the Citizenship Act which became law on June 19, 2014. The new changes accelerate citizenship for permanent residents serving in the CAF as well as foreign nationals on exchange with the CAF.
This measure honours the important contributions of those who serve the country, and demonstrates how the government’s recent changes to the Citizenship Act are allowing qualified applicants to become citizens more quickly.
“As Canadians, we recognize the important contributions of our Canadian Armed Forces members who risk their lives to defend Canadian values and protect our country,” said Alexander.
“Through recent changes to the Citizenship Act, we are working to ensure that deserving applicants, like those serving our country, can realize their dream of becoming Canadian sooner,” he added.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that Canada welcomed its 150,000th new citizen in August.
Posted: Dec 3, 2014