Processing Times: Citizenship Certificate (Proof of Citizenship)

Important: You must submit your application using the latest forms

Citizenship application forms were updated on June 11, 2015. All applications received on or after June 11, 2015 must use the latest forms (dated 06-2015) or they will be considered incomplete and will be returned. This includes resubmitted applications.

The table below shows the time required 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.

Total processing time

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 and outside the United States and are applying through a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate, add an additional 3 to 4 months to the total processing time.

If you are applying on behalf of a minor child residing outside Canada and outside the United States and the application is submitted directly to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, add an additional 6 to 8 months to the total processing time.

For more information: If it has been longer than the time shown above since you applied, and you live:

  • inside Canada, please contact the Call Centre. However, Call Centre agents cannot speed up the processing of your application or make decisions on your case.
  • inside the United States, you can mail a letter to CPC-Sydney asking for an update. You can also:
    • Find how to get more information in the acknowledgement letter we sent you if you submitted your application on or after September 2.
    • Contact the Canadian embassy or consulate where you sent your application if you submitted it before September 2.
  • outside Canada and outside the United States, you may contact the office where you submitted your application.

What is a routine application?

An application is considered routine if:

  • you include in your application all the necessary documents and information specified in the application guide;
  • you include proper photographs; and
  • you include the correct fees.
 
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