In 2010 the Canadian Citizenship Test was updated to make more reflective of country today.This Test is more difficult than previous one.New rules and fees are raising barriers to becoming Canadian. This rate dropped from 79% to 26% between 2000 and 2008.
Citizens are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, can vote in elections and are entitled to Canadian passports. Permanent residents do not have the privileges of voting and having Canadian passports and are also vulnerable to revocation of their status and removals from Canada.
Since 2010, reforms have included a new citizenship test and institution of a higher score needed to pass it: 75 per cent (or 15 out of 20 multiple choice questions) from 60 per cent. The test measures applicants’ knowledge of Canadian history, culture and values.
In January 2015 Ottawa increased citizenship application fee and it was $530 per Adult.In February, Citizenship and Immigration Canada already increased the fee from $100 to $300 in order to recover its administrative costs.
Officials said the fee changes are necessary to pay for the more stringent citizenship process introduced by the government to clear a backlog it created with the “residence questionnaire,” which is used to scrutinize if applicants have physically spent enough time in Canada to qualify for citizenship.
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