Citizenship applications surge in Canada as ‘immigration reform’ drives demand

A surge in naturalization applications from the United States to Canada as the US and Canada prepare for a “fiscal cliff” deal has pushed the number of applications to record levels.

Naturalization applications, which are now up more than 15 per cent in the first three months of 2018, are expected to hit 1.9 million by the end of the year.

The US has seen a sharp increase in applications as the economic downturn has driven an increase in demand for green cards and work permits.

Canada, meanwhile, has seen its naturalization numbers fall.

The US has already seen an increase of nearly 40,000 applications for permanent residency, compared with the same period in 2018, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada data released Friday.

The numbers are projected to remain the same until the end and then decline.