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What does my citizenship application status mean?

You can only check your application status after you’ve received an acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email.

  • You’ll get an AOR after we receive your application and check that it’s complete.
  • If you haven’t received an AOR, find out when we’ll send them (opens in a new tab) .

Citizenship application tracker

We’ve created a new account (opens in a new tab)  to check the status of your citizenship application.

  • You need a Chrome (opens in a new tab), Safari (opens in a new tab) or Firefox (opens in a new tab) web browser to access your account.

In the account, you’ll see

Overall status

At the top of the page, you’ll see one of the following statuses:

  • In progress” means we’re still reviewing your application.
  • A “Congratulations!” message means you’ve successfully become a Canadian citizen.
  • Closed” means
    • we refused your application, or
    • you withdrew (cancelled) or abandoned your application

We’ll contact you before we close your application.

Your next steps

In this section, we’ll let you know if we need more information or documents from you. For example, we may ask you to

  • send us more information or documents
  • respond to your citizenship test or ceremony invitation

Be sure to check the “Your next steps” section regularly.

Details of your application status

You’ll see 6 sections of your application that we need to review:

Each section can have one of the following status:

  • Waiting on you” means we need more information or documents from you.
  • In progress” means we’re still reviewing the section.
  • Waived” means the section isn’t applicable to your situation.
    • For example, if you don’t have to take the citizenship test or submit a language proof.
    • You don’t need to do anything further if it’s waived.
  • Completed” means we finished reviewing that section of your application.

Application history

This shows all updates to your application.

Client Application Status tool

When you check your application status for your citizenship grant application, you’ll see one of these status updates:

Received

“Received” means your application is ready to be processed and you:

  • answered all the questions on the form
  • sent all the required documents
  • paid the fees

It may be several weeks between when we get your application and it’s ready to be processed.

In process

“In process” means we started processing your application.

While your application is in process, we’ll invite you to the citizenship test, if you need to take it, interview, and hearing if you need one.

If we need more information from you before we make a decision, we’ll contact you.

Decision made

“Decision made” means we either approved or refused your application. A citizenship official makes a decision on your application after the test, if you had to take it, interview, and hearing, if you had one.

If we approved your application, you passed the citizenship test, if you had to take it, and meet all the requirements for citizenship. We’ll send you an invitation to take the Oath of Citizenship at a citizenship ceremony. You must continue to meet all of the requirements for citizenship until you take the Oath at the ceremony. We can change the decision if your situation changes and you no longer meet the requirements.

If we refused your application, you don’t meet the requirements for citizenship. We’ll send you a letter by registered mail explaining why.


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