Citizenship

We recognize that the travel restrictions announced by the Prime Minister will have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now.

All citizenship events are cancelled
We cancelled all citizenship events until further notice to keep everyone safe. This includes

citizenship ceremonies
citizenship tests and retests
hearings (including videoconference hearings)
interviews
citizenship events in our temporary offices (itinerant service trips)
Check the information letter or email we sent you about the events being cancelled.

We’ll send you a new date and time as soon as possible.
If you gave us your email address in your application, we’ll contact you by email.
To avoid missing our emails, check your junk or spam folder.
Look for messages from email addresses ending in “@cic.gc.ca.”
If you didn’t provide an email address
we’ll send the cancellation letter by mail or we’ll call you
check your mailbox or voicemail messages often to see if you got it
Processing your citizenship application
There will be delays to the processing time.

To find out where we’re at with your application

check your application status online, or
if you can’t check your status online, contact us using our Web form
Submitting your application documents
If we request documents for your application (including medical opinion forms), you have an extra 90 days from the deadline in our request letter to submit them.

This extension applies to all citizenship applications, including

Canadian citizenship for
adults
minors (under 18)
Canadian Armed Forces members
adopted child from abroad
resuming Canadian citizenship
giving up Canadian citizenship (renunciation)
applying for a Canadian citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)
applying for a search of citizenship records
New citizenship applications
We’re still accepting new citizenship applications.

Time you’ve lived in Canada (physical presence)
Extra days spent abroad due to COVID-19 will not count as days in Canada. You must still meet the physical presence requirement for your citizenship application.

Permanent resident (PR) card
If you’re travelling, find out what to do if your card is expired or will expire soon.

You can use an expired PR card to

apply for Canadian citizenship
bring to your citizenship test and ceremony (once they resume)