Estimated Processing Times: Citizenship Certificate (Proof of Citizenship)

The table below shows the estimated time it now takes to process routine citizenship certificate applications. Processing times are based on how long it took to process 80 percent of all cases finalized between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.

If your application is non-routine, it will take longer to process (below are some examples of non-routine applications). For non-routine applications, no estimated processing times can be provided as applications are processed on a case-by-case basis based on the applicant’s particular circumstances.

If you require urgent processing, refer to the CIC policy to know if you meet one of the conditions.

Estimated processing times

5 months

Status available online
(once you receive your acknowledgment letter)

From receipt of your application to final decision

Note: If you live outside Canada or the United States, and have applied through a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate, please allow for an additional 2 to 4 months beyond the estimated processing times to process your application. This is the estimated time it takes for the application to be sent from outside Canada or the United States to CPC-Sydney and for the certificate or response to be returned to the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate for distribution to the applicant.

If you are applying on behalf of a minor child (under 18 years of age) who resides outside of Canada or the United States, the application must be submitted directly to the closest Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate near the child’s home address. If the application is submitted directly to the CPC-Sydney, the application will be returned to you.

What is a non-routine application?

  • You were born through Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR), including surrogacy;
  • Your Canadian parent’s name is not listed on your birth certificate;
  • It is unclear whether one of your parents was a Canadian citizen at the time of your birth;
  • Additional documents are required, such as DNA results;
  • You have requested a name or date of birth change;
  • You may be affected by the first generation limit to citizenship by descent;
  • You were born between February 15, 1977 and April 16, 1981 and it is unclear whether you were subject to loss of citizenship at the age of 28;
  • The legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act that came into force in 2009 and 2015 may apply to you.
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