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Citizenship Programs

Programs that provide support for permanent residents who want to apply for Canadian citizenship. Included are programs operating under the auspices of Citizenship and Immigration Canada that outline the requirements and processes involved in the acquisition of Canadian citizenship, as well as the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens, and make administrative decisions about citizenship applications. Also included are programs that provide assistance for people who need legal advice about the citizenship application process. Permanent residents of Canada may apply for Canadian citizenship after living in Canada for the required amount of time; and must meet specified eligibility requirements including the passing of a criminal records check.

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Immigration Programs

Programs that provide support for people who want to enter and/or reside in Canada. Included are programs operating under the auspices of Citizenship and Immigration Canada that govern the process and conditions under which various categories of foreign visitors and immigrants can legally enter and/or reside in Canada; and organizations that provide assistance for people who need legal advice about the immigration process.

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Refugee Programs

Programs that administer the application, adjudication and appeals process for refugees who want to enter and/or reside in Canada. Refugee claimants within Canada are entitled to remain in Canada until their case has been heard although, in some circumstances, they may be confined to a detention facility until a decision is reached. Also included are programs that provide legal and other assistance throughout the refugee application process.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.


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