Once we start processing your application, we will send you a notice confirming we have received it.
We will send a second notice inviting you to a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) office for an interview. You must bring several documents to the interview, including your Permanent Resident card (even if it has expired). The notice will list all the documents you must bring.
We will also send a copy of the study guide Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship to applicants who are between 14-64 years of age (at the time they applied). If you applied as a family with several applications in one envelope, we will send you only one copy of Discover Canada.
You can check the status of your application online or contact the Call Centre.
Preparing for the citizenship test
If you are between 14 and 64 years of age when you apply for citizenship, you must take the citizenship test. All the test questions are based on what’s in the Discover Canada Guide. Study it carefully so you are ready to pass the test.
If we receive the required forms, documents and fees and you meet the requirements to apply for citizenship, we will send you a notice giving you the time and date for your test.
After the test, we may ask ou to attend a hearing with a citizenship officer. If this happens and you and your family sent your applications in the same envelope, we may process your application separately. However, you can ask to have them processed together.
Closing or rejecting your application
We will close your application if you do not:
- submit documentation;
- appear for your citizenship test or interview;
- appear for a hearing with a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge; or
- attend the citizenship ceremony (14 years of age and over only);
and have not contacted CIC to explain why. We will assume you have given up on applying for citizenship. The notices we will send you will explain how to contact CIC.
If your application for Canadian citizenship is not approved, you will receive a letter explaining why and the options available to you.
Asking questions about your application
While we process your application, you should only contact CIC if:
- you change your address,
- you plan to leave Canada for more than two weeks in a row,
- you are charged with a crime or
- we do not contact you about your file within the posted processing times.
Before you ask about your application status:
- make sure you have allowed enough time for each step and
- make sure you have your receipt or file number when you access our online services.
We will contact you if we need more information or documents.
We will write to you to let you know the date and time of any interviews. Under Canadian privacy law, we cannot give information about your application to anyone but you unless you give your consent in writing.
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