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What Is the Processing Time for Canadian Citizenship Applications?

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"More often than not, Canadian permanent residents will eventually apply for Canadian citizenship. There are many requirements that one must meet to apply for Canadian citizenship."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Sep 12, 2021
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More often than not, Canadian permanent residents will eventually apply for Canadian citizenship. There are many requirements that one must meet to apply for Canadian citizenship. These include:

  • Be a permanent resident
  • Physically reside in Canada for at least 3 years in the last 5 years
  • File your taxes
  • Pass the citizenship test
  • Demonstrate language proficiency in English or French

Recently the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) launched an online portal to allow citizenship applicants to submit their applications online. This portal has been available for the following applicants from August 11, 2021:

  • Single citizenship applicants
  • Applicants with no representative
  • Applicants who are not residing outside Canada as a Crown servant or a family member of a Crown servant

The IRCC is working on making this portal available to families, minor applicants under the age of 18, representatives of applicants and servants of the crown residing outside Canada, and their family members. 

How Are Citizenship Applications Processed and What Else Is Involved?

The processing time for citizenship applications is calculated from the time you submit your application online, by mail, or in person. Once your completed application is submitted, you will receive the Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) which will contain your Unique Client Identifier (UCI). This indicates that your application is being processed. 

In case your application is missing any information or documents, the IRCC will either request additional documentation or return your application. Then you will have to resubmit your completed application.

Once your application is successfully processed, you will receive a mail to inform you of the date of your citizenship test. The time between the submission of your application and your citizenship test appointment will be different for everyone. It will depend on your case and the current IRCC Processing Times.

You may also have to attend a citizenship interview on the same day. The citizenship test will include a written test based on the geography, culture, and history of Canada. If you are unable to pass this test the first time, another appointment will be scheduled for you within 4-8 weeks of your first test.

The final step in becoming a Canadian citizen is taking an Oath of Citizenship. The IRCC will send you a notice stating the date and time for your citizenship ceremony 1-2 weeks before your appointment. Once this step is complete, you will officially become a Canadian citizen.

What Is the Current Average Processing Time for Citizenship Applications?

Currently, the average processing time for a Canadian citizenship application is 12 months. If you are applying for a citizenship certificate, then the average processing time is 15 months. If you have applied to resume your Canadian citizenship, then the average processing time is 16 months. If you have applied to renounce your citizenship, then your application will be processed within 6 months.

How to Ensure that Your Citizenship Application Doesn’t Get Delayed?

To ensure that your application for Canadian citizenship does not get delayed, make sure to:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Fill out all forms correctly
  • Pay the appropriate fee and submit the receipt with your application
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