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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Service is much better once you join the club

It seems with the new US requirements for foreign citizens to carry passports that a number of Canadians are finding out that, technically, they are no longer citizens. Under Section 8 of the Citizenship Act, if an individual doesn't contact the government to claim their status as a Canadian citizen by age 28, they are considered to have forfeited the privilege.

But no worries - the CIC, once aware of the fact that tax paying citizens and voters were being told they were no longer Canadian quickly set up an option to regain citizenship and get a passport at the same time. They had the system set up in less than two weeks and it's working wonderfully.

Maybe if those of us applying for residency were tax payers and voters, they would do something just as quickly and efficiently to clear out the 700,000 person backlog?

Read the whole article on the CBC website.

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