The Federal Court of Canada recently voided an attempt by the government to revoke the citizenship of 312 Canadian citizens, due to the preclusion of the right of an individual to plead their case at an oral hearing. The Honourable Justice Russel Zinn followed the lead of an earlier ruling in May that struck down key provisions of the expedited revocation process, ruling that a fair hearing is required before a decision is made to revoke citizenship. Accordingly, the government has amended the Citizenship Act so that the Federal Court will be the chief decision maker for citizenship revocation cases.

Needless to say, the loss of Canadian citizenship is a dire event and thus should not be taken lightly. If you are faced with the threat of losing your Canadian citizenship, it is advisable to retain a competent immigration lawyer to analyze your case and represent you at the oral hearing.

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