After you apply: get next steps – Citizenship

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.

You may withdraw your application. If you do, you may be eligible for a refund.

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 you 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:

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.

Maintaining eligibility requirements until the taking of the Oath

You cannot take the Oath of Citizenship if you never met or you no longer meet the requirements of the Citizenship Act for the grant of citizenship.

You must meet all of the eligibility requirements for a grant of citizenship until the time you take the Oath of Citizenship.

After your application is approved, you could be prevented from taking the Oath and becoming a citizen if you:

  • lose permanent resident status, or
  • have been asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada (removal order).
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