After you apply: get next steps – Citizenship

Once we start processing your case, we will send you a notice confirming we have received your application.

We will send a second notice inviting you to a CIC office for an interview. You must bring several documents to the interview, including your PR 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 adults applying for citizenship. If you applied as a family by putting several applications in one envelope, we will send you one copy of Discover Canada.

You can check the status of your application online. You can also check the status of your application by contacting 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 18-54 when you apply for citizenship, you must take the citizenship test. All the test’s questions are based on content in the guide Discover Canada. Study the guide 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, you may be asked to attend a hearing with a citizenship officer. If this happens and you and your family sent your applications in the same envelope, your application will be processed separately from your family’s. 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 judge; or
  • attend the citizenship ceremony;

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.

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