In a move that is likely to be of great benefit to immigrants to Canada who ultimately wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Liberal government of Canada has proposed a range of sweeping amendments to the Among the proposed amendments is a reduction in the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada in order to become eligible to apply for citizenship, from four out of six years to three out five years.
We will be updating information about the fairs regularly, so check back often!While there are differences of opinion as to who is entitled to claim U. citizenship under the Citizenship Clause, there is one thing that everyone engaged in the debate agrees on: Children born to foreign diplomats are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States and are not to be granted U. Supporters of the status quo argue that critics of the current application and interpretation of the Citizenship Clause are attempting to “rewrite” or “decimate the 14th Amendment,” which suggests that such supporters believe the Citizenship Clause is actually functioning (i.e., actually barring some people from acquiring U. If anyone is attempting to rewrite the Citizenship Clause, it is arguably those who seek to avoid any discussion of the current state of the 14th Amendment.A discussion about the application of birthright citizenship is necessary if the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause is to retain any legal effect.While it appears unlikely that the intent of those who authored the 14th Amendment was to ensure automatic citizenship for children born to illegal and temporary immigrants, some argue that the amendment protects such grants of citizenship. While the history of the Citizenship Clause suggests that children born to visiting and illegal aliens should not be considered U. citizens, this topic was the focus of a recent Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder and will not be repeated here.Amid this debate, however, there is one area of solid agreement among advocates on all sides of the debate: In the least, children born to foreign diplomats are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States and are therefore not to be granted U. Simply put, one side of the birthright citizenship debate asserts that children born to illegal aliens, temporary visitors, and foreign diplomats are not automatic U. citizens under the 14th Amendment, while advocates on the other side of the debate argue that the scope of 14th Amendment’s limiting language is much more narrow and only bars grants of citizenship to children born to foreign diplomats. Despite this agreement, and despite Congress’s clear intent to not create a completely universal and automatic birthright citizenship policy, today’s application of the Citizenship Clause is so lax that the United States has a de facto universal birthright citizenship policy that denies U. citizenship by birth to no one, including children born to foreign diplomats. In reality, the limiting language in the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause has been effectively rendered a nullity as a result of a lack of regulations aimed at birth certificate and SSN issuance.