Citizenship - What you need to know

September 24, 2014 (56 minutes)

Recorded on September 24, 2014 - This webinar addresses the new changes to Canadian citizenship law. Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which was passed in June 2014, contains a variety of changes which will dramatically reshape citizenship in Canada. Some of the provisions already came into effect on August 1, 2014, while other provisions will come into force later (likely by June 2015).

The presentation explains these changes, the steps to follow, and what to include to apply for citizenship. The presenters also explain what to expect after the application is submitted and advise on potential pitfalls, including misrepresentation, cessation, and vacation.

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Presenter Information

Cornelia Mazgarean

A law graduate from Romania, Cornelia Mazgarean also obtained a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at Osgoode, she was a division leader at the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP). She is currently an LLM candidate and a supervising lawyer at CLASP, dealing with criminal and immigration matters. Cornelia also has her own private practice and works as a duty counsel lawyer. She provides a variety of criminal and immigration law services, being a member of a variety of professional organizations. Apart from file work, Cornelia often delivers public legal education workshops in both criminal and immigration law, and is involved in community outreach and advocacy.

Jennifer Stone

Jennie Stone is a staff lawyer at Neighbourhood Legal Services (NLS), a community legal clinic serving the downtown east side neighbourhoods of Toronto. She studied at McGill University, the London School of Economics, and then the University of Toronto’s law school. Shortly following her call to the Bar she moved to Hong Kong, where she worked to set up a legal aid clinic for refugees awaiting recognition from UNHCR, called the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (now Justice Centre Hong Kong). At NLS she provides the range of clinic immigration law services and delivers regular public legal education workshops on immigration topics. These have increasingly included advocacy and information around obtaining citizenship.

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