Will Canada Soon Strip Citizenship From Dual Passport Holders?

This article first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) in Ottawa, Canada, March 2, 2012 (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) in Ottawa, Canada, March 2, 2012 (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)

A new bill proposing sweeping changes to Canada’s immigration law has individuals holding or seeking dual Canadian-Israeli citizenship unduly concerned, say experts.

The changes are contained in Bill C-24, tabled in Parliament in February by the Conservative government. Provisions of the proposed law could make it easier to lose Canadian citizenship, especially for dual citizens, or make it harder for individuals to gain dual citizenship should they apply for it.

If the bill is passed as it is currently written, a federal official could revoke a naturalized citizen’s citizenship if he believes that the person never intended to live in Canada. (Citizens born in Canada cannot lose their citizenship by living abroad.)

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