Man Denied Canadian Citizenship, Wrongly Accused Of Mouthing Oath

Man denied Canadian Citizenship at Canadian Citizenship ceremony

A few months ago, Citizenship and Immigration Canada implemented a rule that mandated no one could have their faces covered when they took the Canadian Citizenship oath. This meant that Muslim women would not be able to wear face coverings when reciting the oath, so that they could not “pretend” to take the oath.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has also been strictly supervising the taking of the oath lately, especially the part of the oath that swears allegiance to the Queen.

While it seems impossible to tell who is actually saying the oath and who may be “mouthing” the oath (if this ever even happens) in such a large group of people, the government took this one step further earlier this month when a man was pulled from line and told he would not be receiving his Canadian Citizenship because he was mouthing the oath.

A government official pulled the man out of line, but it was later determined that the man was falsely accused of mouthing the Canadian Citizenship oath. However, no one can find the man to apologize and offer him the Canadian Citizenship he has undoubtedly earned.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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