Citizenship Oaths Online? - Citizens' Pros and Cons On Liberals Online Citizenship Oaths

Citizenship Oaths Online? - Citizens' Pros and Cons On Liberals Online Citizenship Oaths

The idea of allowing citizenship oaths to be made online with a few clicks is divided into the opinion that it is a disgusting idea that can be used for fraud and that it is a future-oriented idea that will help reduce the congestion of citizenship applications.


According to hundreds of opinions the government has received on the idea over the past few months, in February, the Liberals asked people to review plans to take citizenship oaths with a mouse click on behalf of formal face-to-face or online oath ceremonies. Federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser described the concept as a way to reduce the volume of people who are sworn in and are waiting to officially become Canadians and quickly take a citizenship oath. It takes about three months to take the citizenship test and officially become a Canadian.


The 691 opinions reveal seriously divided opinions about what would be a fundamental change in the way new Canadians pledge allegiance to kings and nations. The name was deleted when the comments were posted online. Some say it's a terrible idea. There was also an opinion that one of the most meaningful things in life, the citizenship oath, would be the same as ordering underwear from Amazon. Some people pointed out that the solemn ceremony will resemble online shopping. Some said it was a disgrace and disgusting sophistry.


Some people said the one-click option is a way to give them the flexibility and certainty they need, especially for those who live far away or can't take a break from work. "This is a progressive, enterprising and truly commendable initiative and should be implemented as soon as possible," one wrote. It will help increase citizenship rates, especially for individuals in indigenous and racist minority communities. This is because the community has disproportionately low incomes, and it is difficult to take a day off to take traditional citizenship oaths."


During the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizenship applicants began to swear their citizenship through online Zoom chaired by citizenship judges or officials. Even after the government started taking the citizenship oath face-to-face again, the majority of citizenship applicants were instructed to take the oath online in a way that would allow more people to quickly pass through the system. In the second half of 2022, less than 10 percent of citizenship ceremonies took place via videoconferencing, according to government data provided to Congress.


The government does not track how many people have requested face-to-face oath ceremonies, but expects fewer people to attend face-to-face oath ceremonies if changes are made. The new attempt will take the virtual ritual to the next level, eliminating the need for judges or officials to preside over the ceremony and allowing citizenship applicants to take the oath with a single click. One person said, "I'm waiting for a face-to-face oath ceremony, but if the citizenship acquisition is delayed, it's better to choose a faster option." Others pointed out that longer waiting times could delay delivery of new Canadian passports needed for travel. One person said, "It was good to celebrate the citizenship oath day, but the opportunity to reduce waiting time was very good because I could get a new passport issued and travel when I needed it."


Another official said, "I've heard that many people are suffering from waiting for a long time to get a passport," adding, "The government's delay in work and lack of face-to-face oath consciousness are bad reasons for threatening the long tradition." "The government`s goal should be to reduce congestion by giving more opportunities for citizenship oaths instead of the cheap experience of taking citizenship oaths through clicks," he said.


The government plans to use a secure web portal for one-click oaths, but others are concerned about possible fraud. If the method is approved, changes to the citizenship regulations will take effect at a cost of about $5 million for 10 years from the beginning of this month.

(Reporter Oh Chung-geun)

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