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Canadian Citizenship Application


What is the Right of Canadian Citizenship Application?

The Right of Citizenship refers to the process of becoming a Canadian citizen through naturalization.

Canadian citizens are

  • Able to vote in Canadian elections
  • Able to run for political office in Canada
  • Able to travel on a Canadian passport
  • Free from the threat of deportation
  • Able to work for the federal government
  • Able to live outside of Canada, with the permanent right to return
  • Able to pass on Canadian citizenship by descent
Using the Government Directly
  • The government fee for applying for Canadian citizenship is $400.
  • Please click here to apply with Citizenship and Immigration Canada..
  • NOTE: If you apply directly with the government, please remember that CIC does not offer a walk-in service - all applications must be mailed or couriered to the processing centre.
  • CIC will not pre-review your application to ensure the forms and documents are correct before filing – all applications must be completed in full before being sent to the government.
What we do for you if you purchase our service:
  • Immigroup service fee charges are $399 pus taxes and a $400 government fee.
  • We review every part of your application to ensure it is complete, accurate and mistake-free; not offered by the government
  • We complete the application for you if you require it; not offered by the government
  • We advise you of any additional steps you need to take and of any additional documentation you must provide; the government only offers general guidelines, but not specific advice.
  • We advise you of any problems you may encounter from filing the application; not offered by the government.
  • We verify all supporting documentation prior to submission; not offered by the government.
  • We give you unlimited business-hours phone support from 8am-6pm EST.
  • We respond to most questions within 1 business day.
  • We submit your application to the government for you.
  • We help prepare you for the test.
  • We track the status of your application for you.
  • We notify you when it is time to take the oath.
  • Who is eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship
    For adults, you must
    • Be a Permanent Resident of Canada
    • Have lived in Canada for 1095 days in the last four years, including two years as a Permanent Resident
    • Be able to demonstrate your knowledge of Canada on the Canadian Citizenship Test (unless you are 55 or older)
    • Be able to demonstrate proof of your knowledge of the English or French language
    • Not be subject to criminal prosecution
    • Not be a war criminal

    For children, you must be the child of a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident becoming a Canadian Citizen through naturalization.

  • Urgent Right of Citizenship Applications
    Becoming a Canadian Citizen is an involved, multi-step process which usually takes on average 21 months to complete and can take longer. It is not possible to expedite naturalizaion.
  • Am I a Canadian?
    You are already a Canadian if
    • You were born in Canada
    • You were born outside of Canada to a Canadian Citizen (who was born or naturalized in Canada)
    • You were naturalized in Canada (you have a Citizenship Certificate, if you were naturalized as an adult: you took the test, swore the Oath in front of a Citizenship Judge)

    If you don’t fall into one of these categories then you are not a Canadian Citizen. If you are not sure whether you were naturalized, you can apply for a Search of Citizenship Records, which will show whether or not you are a citizen (for example, if you were naturalized as a child and do not remember).
    You must be a Canadian Permanent Resident to apply for the Right of Canadian citizenship.

  • What do I have to do to be naturalized?<
    To become a Canadian citizen, you must first file an application. If you are between the ages of 18 and 54, you must take and pass the Citizenship Test. You must swear the Citizenship Oath in front of a judge and attend a Citizenship Ceremony. After that, you are a Canadian Citizen. You will trade in your Permanent Resident Card for a Citizenship Certificate and your Record of Landing will be stamped to show you are no longer a permanent resident. The entire process takes approximately 18-36 months, on average.
    Please note: in certain cases you may be required to undergo additional steps to become a Citizen.
  • What’s the test like?

    The citizenship test contains questions about the history and culture of Canada. Each applicant is provided a study booklet for the test by CIC well in advance of their test date.

    To see what type of questions are on the citizenship test, you can give our practice Citizenship Test a try, in your own language.

  • Do I get some kind of proof of my status once I am a citizen?
    Yes, you will receive Canadian Citizenship Certificate after you have sworn the oath of citizenship at the citizenship ceremony. 48 hours after you take the oath, you may apply for your Canadian Passport.
  • What is the language requirement to become a Canadian citizen?
    As of November 1, 2012, all Canadian citizenship applications must be submitted with proof of proficiency in English or French. Proof can be one submitted in one of 5 ways:

 


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Cost of Service

Including legal & government fees

Adult Right of Citizenship

  • Processing Time: 12-24 months
  • Service Fee: $399.00
  • HST: $51.87
  • Government Fee: $400.00
  • TOTAL: $850.87*

Minor Right of Citizenship

  • Processing Time: 12-24 months
  • Service Fee: $399.00
  • HST: $51.87
  • Government Fee: $100.00
  • TOTAL: $550.87*

* Photos can be taken at our office for $10
* Courier fees may be greater if you are applying from outside of Canada
Cancellation fees apply once work has begun on a file.

 

Service types

Select one that suits you best.

Apply Online
By Phone
Walk-in Service
Mail-in Service
  • Apply Online

    1. Complete the form online.
    2. Securely pay through Paypal

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  • By Phone

    1. Call us toll free: 416-962-2623 / 1-866-760-2623
    2. Complete the application and send to one of our representatives for processing
    3. Receive your amended Record of Landing (IMM 1000) in the mail
  • Walk-in Service (Toronto)

    Our office is open between 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and appointments are available between 9:30am – 4:15 pm. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Please note that while walk-ins are welcome, priority is given to clients with appointments. Expected appointment length is one hour.

    Please have the following documents with you. All necessary documents are listed.

    1. Copies of the front and back of your PR Card
    2. Record of Landing
    3. Government-Issued IDs more info
      One must contain a photo of you
    4. 2 Photos
      Immigroup can take these for you at a cost of $10
    5. Proof of English/French Language Proficiency
    6. Copy of biographical page of every passport you have held in the previous 4 years

    At our office we will do the following:

    • Assist you with the application forms if necessary
    • Take photos ($10) if you didn’t bring your own
    • Make a full copy of your application
    • Help you troubleshoot problems
    • Courier your Application to CIC

    After filling:

    • Immigroup can check your status after around three months
    • Immigroup will keep you apprised of any CIC correspondence which may request additional information
    • Immigroup will notify you when it is time to take your Citizenship Test
    • Provided you passed the test, Immigroup will notify you when it is time to take your Oath of
    • Citizenship and receive your Citizenship Certificate

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  • Mail-in Service - Worldwide

    1. Download our simplified instructions and application by clicking here
    2. Follow the instructions. Then, fax or email all forms and documents to us for a quick review. 
      NOTE: If you don’t understand something in the application, just leave it blank and we will discuss it with you. Also, if you don’t have all of the documents, send us what you have and we will advise you how to proceed.
    3. You will be contacted within 1 business day. If you have not been contacted by us after 2 business days, please contact our office to make sure your fax or email was received
    4. After we have reviewed your application, Mail or Courier your original application and copies of supporting documents to our office at: 1180 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 1M3
    5. Immigroup will notify you when there is any update from CIC on your application including when your test date is scheduled and when you are scheduled to take the oath.

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Troubleshooting


  • I received the Residence Questionnaire
    • If you do not understand what information and supporting documents the Residence Questionnaire is asking for, contact Immigroup to discuss your options. You may also look at the information on our Residence Questionnaire page
    • If you understand what information and supporting documents the Residence Questionnaire is asking for, you will need to complete this and return it to CIC. The longer you wait to do this, the longer the processing of your application will take. Normally it will delay you application a minimum of 6 months to one year. Please note that as of November, 2012, if you do not complete the Residence Questionnaire within 45 days of receipt you will be sent a “Final Notice”. As of issuance of this notice, you have 30 days to complete the Questionnaire. After that, your application will be abandoned and your $400 Right of Citizenship fee should be reimbursed.
  • Request for urgent processing of your Right of Citizenship
    There is no way to speed up the application for Canadian Citizenship.
  • I sent my application before I knew about the language requirement
    • If your application was received by Citizenship and Immigration Canada before November 1, 2012, it should be accepted without the language requirement.
    • If you have ever had to submit proof of your language ability to CIC prior to applying for citizenship, this can be used again (CIC will have record of it) but you should note that you need to be at or above Canadian Language Benchmark 4
    • If your application was received on or after November 1, 2012 without proof of language ability, it will be returned to you.
  • I missed my test date
    It will be rescheduled. If you miss it a second time, you will have to complete a Residence Questionnaire before going forward with the process.
  • My application has been returned by the processing centre
    • If you do not understand why your application was returned, contact Immigroup to determine how we can help you move forward with the application process.
    • If you understand why your application was returned, you should fix all mistakes noted by the officer and follow any instructions
    • Submit additional information if so requested
    • You should go over your application from beginning to end to make sure there are no other problems Mail the entire application to CIC including everything that was sent to you with your rejected application
    • Write “Attention – [name of officer who sent it to you]” on the Envelope
  • I need to check the status of your application
    This be done through CIC’s website
  • I am unable to provide all or part of the information CIC has requested
    • If you have part of the information CIC has requested, you may submit this with a written explanation of why you cannot provide all that was requested. It is at the officer’s discretion whether to accept the documentation provided.li>
    • If you are missing the language requirement, you need to submit proof of your ability.
    • If you are unable to provide any of the information requested, you may withdraw your application by advising CIC in writing that you wish to do this. Immigroup can also do this for you.
    • You may also abandon your application by simply not responding to CIC’s letter. However, please note that this could negatively effect any further applications for the Right of Canadian Citizenship that you may submit.

 

I am in big trouble - HELP! FAQs


  • I have a criminal record. Can I still become a citizen?
    If you have a criminal record, this may impede your application for Canadian citizenship. You may still apply provided your offence was far enough in the past or was a statutory offence. You cannot apply if your conviction for an indictable offence (or a crime punishable under the Citizenship Act) was in the three years prior to your application. You cannot apply if you are still on parole or probation. You cannot apply if you are currently charged. You cannot apply if you are subject to penalties for any immigration violations.
    If you have criminality in your past, CIC may ask you to provide court documents or fingerprints which will delay your application considerably.
  • I do not meet the residence requirement. Can I still become a citizen?
    No. The exceptions that apply for PR Card renewal regarding the number of days spent outside of Canada that might not count against you do not apply for citizenship applications. You must meet the residence requirement.
  • My application was sent back to me. What do I do?
    If you do not understand the instructions given by CIC, contact Immigroup for a consultation and we can advise you how to proceed to ensure that your application is processed.
    If you do understand the instructions given by CIC,
    • Correct all mistakes indicated by the officer and follow any instructions
    • Double check your entire application to make sure there are no other errors
    • Return the whole application back to CIC with the letter and instructions attached
    • Send the package to the attention of the officer who sent your application back to you
  • I received a residence questionnaire. What do I do?
    Immigroup offers assistance with this questionnaire. For more information click here. You need to complete the questionnaire and submit it to CIC within the timeline stated on the questionnaire. The sooner you complete it the sooner you can move forward in the application process. Receiving the residence questionnaire adds at least a year to the processing time of your application.. If you are asked to submit this questionnaire, you may have to attend an interview with a Citizenship Judge as well.
  • I applied for Canadian citizenship and now CIC wants my fingerprints. Is this normal?
    Sometimes you are requested to provide additional information as part of your application, to determine your identity or to determine if you really do qualify for citizenship.
  • I missed my citizenship test! What do I do?
    Your test will be rescheduled by CIC and you will be advised of the new test date. If you fail to attend the second test date, you will be sent a Residence Questionnaire.
  • I misrepresented myself when I applied for citizenship. What can I do?
    If your application is still in processing, you should withdraw it immediately. You can do this by contacting CIC or by using Immigroup.
    If you are already a citizen, you could lose your citizenship if you acquired your citizenship through misrepresentation during any part of your applications for permanent residence or citizenship.
  • Can I lose my PR Status if I apply for Citizenship?
    By becoming a citizen you automatically relinquish your PR status. However, if your status as a Permanent Resident is in jeopardy because of the number of days you have spent outside of Canada, there is a small chance you could be in danger of losing it in addition to being rejected for citizenship, as an investigation into your conduct as a permanent resident is part of the processing of citizenship applications. To be safe, you should apply for Citizenship once you meet the requirement of 1095 days within the last 4 years. If you are unsure of how to proceed, you may contact us for a consultation.
  • My application was rejected. How soon can I reapply?
    You can reapply immediately; however, you should wait until you satisfy all the requirements before you reapply. For example, if you were rejected because you did not meet the residence requirement, you should stay in Canada until you do, and then reapply.
  • I did my Interview and passed my test and everything and received oath ceremony notice about two weeks ago for my ceremony but I received another letter says "This is to advise you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the previously scheduled Oath Ceremony for the above applicant. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. We will advise you of any further action taken on this case, including any rescheduled interview information, under separate notice." I am confused on what is going on? is something wrong with my documents?
    There are two possibilities: #1) They will provide a new oath date. Citizenship and Immigration Canada may have reschedule the Oath due to the lack of available citizenship judges, issues with the facilities or the certificates will not be produced in time.
    or
    #2) For any number of reasons Citizenship and Immigration Canada may feel that an additional look at your documentation and residency requirement is needed.

Filing an application FAQs


  • What is the Right of Canadian Citizenship?
    The Right of Canadian Citizenship is the process of becoming a Canadian Citizen through naturalization. To do this you must first be a Canadian Permanent Resident and submit a Canadian citizenship application.
  • How do I become a Canadian citizen?
    If you are already a Canadian Permanent Resident, you can apply if you meet the following criteria:
    • You must be an adult (aged 18 years old or over)
    • Your Permanent Residence status must not be in doubt. Specifically you must not:
      • Be the subject of an immigration investigation
      • Be the subject of an immigration inquiry
      • Be the subject of a deportation order
    • You must have lived in Canada for 1095 days of the past four years and you must have been a Permanent Resident for at least two years.
    • You must meet the new language requirements through proof of one of the following:
      • CIC-approved third party test
      • Proof of completion of an English or French language program at an English or French high school or post-secondary institution
      • Evidence of achieving Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 ability in a federally funded language program (or provincially funded language program in BC, Manitoba or Quebec)
    • You must be in good standing with the law. You must not
      • Have been convicted of an indictable offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act within the three years prior to your application
      • Be currently charged with an indictable offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act
      • Be in prison, on parole, or on probation
      • Be subject to a removal order
      • Be under investigation – or previously convicted of – a war crime or crime against humanity
      • Have not had your Canadian Citizenship revoked within the last 5 years
    • You must be able to demonstrate your knowledge of Canada by passing a Citizenship Test
    If you are a minor, your parent must apply for you. You must be a Canadian Permanent Resident. Your parent must already be a Canadian Citizen or must be undertaking the Right of Citizenship at the same time as you.
  • What do I need to submit with my application?
    In addition to the basic application form, you must also submit
    • The Residence Calculator form included in the package
    • Copies of the front and back of your PR Card
    • Copies of 2 government-issued IDs or documents showing proof of identity; one must contain a photo of you
    • Copy of your Record of Landing
    • Copies of the ID pages of every passport you have held in the previous 4 years
    • Proof you meet the language requirement
    • 2 photos for CIC records
    You may be required to fill out an additional residence questionnaire as part of the process. If you are required to do this, it will be sent to you and you must complete it within 75 days.
  • Where do I mail my Citizenship Application to?
    If you would like our office to assist you with the application, address your package to:

    Immigroup Inc.
    1180 Danforth Avenue
    Toronto ON
    M4J 1M3

    If you are sending your application directly to CIC by regular mail, you should address the package to:

    Case Processing Centre – Sydney
    Grant Adults
    P.O. Box 7000
    SYDNEY, NS B1P 6V6
    CANADA

    However, if you are sending your application directly to CIC by courier, you should address the package to:

    Case Processing Centre, Sydney
    Grant Adults
    47-49 Dorchester Street
    Sydney, NS
    B1P 5Z2

  • What is the language requirement?
    As of November 1, 2012, there are new language requirements for citizenship applications: you must be able to speak and listen in English or French to become a Canadian Citizen. In order to meet these language requirements, you must demonstrate your language proficiency through one of the following ways:
  • How much does the language test cost?
    The cost is different for each test. You must confirm the cost with the administrator of whichever test you choose to take. The average cost is around $150.
  • What is the residence questionnaire?
    The residence questionnaire is a form given to Right of Canadian Citizenship applicants by CIC where additional information to confirm the applicant’s residence in Canada for the four years prior to the submission of their application is provided. The RQ is several pages long, and detailed answers along with supporting documentation must be provided regarding the applicant’s travel outside Canada, living arrangements, immediate family members, work and education history, and community ties. If you receive it, you will have to complete it within 75 days, or your application will be abandoned. Please see our page for more information.
  • Do I have to take the Citizenship test?
    If you are between 18 and 54 you have to take the test unless you may demonstrate a medical reason that you are unable to take the test.
  • When and where do I have to take my test?
    If your application has passed the initial checks done by CIC, you will be asked to take a Citizenship test. You will be informed by CIC of the time and location. If you miss your test you will be given two chances to reschedule before your application will be rejected. Tests are administered at the nearest Citizenship and Immigration Canada office to your residence.
  • What happens if I fail the test?
    If you fail the Citizenship Test, you will be asked to appear for an interview with a Citizenship Judge. Check out our practice Citizenship Test.
  • Do I need to appear at an interview?
    If you fail the Citizenship Test, you must also meet with a citizenship judge for them to determine whether or not you will be granted citizenship. If you had to complete the residence questionnaire you may be asked to attend an interview with a citizenship judge. CIC can require you to attend this interview at their discretion. If you need to attend an interview, you will be notified by mail.
  • What happens if I fail the test and the interview?
    Your application will be rejected but you will not lose your status as a permanent resident.
  • How do I pay the fee?
  • How long does it take to get Citizenship?
    As of autumn 2012, it takes approximately 2 years, on average, to get your citizenship. This includes taking the test and swearing the oath. It is important to note that a residence questionnaire and any other additional requirements will slow down the process considerably.
  • Can I speed up the processing of my application?
    No, a citizenship application cannot be expedited.
  • What are the photo requirements?
  • How do I check the status of my application once it has been sent to CIC?
    Please visit CIC where you can check the status of your application. You must have the following information to check the status of your application online:
    • The applicant’s date of birth
    • The applicant’s country of birth
    • The applicant’s last name
    • ONE of the following:
      • Applicant’s client ID number
      • Applicant’s Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence number
      • Applicant’s IMM5401 receipt of payment number for the receipt submitted with the application
      • Applicant’s Immigration File number
      • Applicant’s Permanent Resident Card number
      • Applicant’s Citizenship Receipt number
      • Applicant’s Citizenship File number

    Without this information you will not be able to check the status of your application. If you are missing the required documentation and / or you would like assistance with this process please contact us at Immigroup at 1-866-760-2623.

  • How do I know if I’m a Canadian Citizen?
    If you were born in Canada, or born to Canadian parents in another country*, you are a Canadian Citizen. If you were naturalized, meaning you took the citizenship test, and swore the citizenship oath in front of a judge (minors under the age of 18 do not need to take the citizenship test or swear the oath to be naturalized), you are a Canadian Citizen. If neither applies to you, you are not a Canadian citizen.
    *If your birth was not registered at the nearest Canadian diplomatic mission you may not be Canadian Citizen if you were born before 1977. If you were born after 2009, your Canadian parent must have been born or naturalized in Canada for you to be a Canadian Citizen.
  • How do I know if I’ve met the residence requirement?
    You need to calculate the number of nights you have spent outside of Canada within the last 4 years. If you have spent fewer than 1095 days in Canada you are not eligible to become a citizen.
  • What if I don’t have enough IDs to apply for citizenship?
    You will need to apply for additional identification documents before applying for Citizenship. A driver’s license / provincial ID card and health card can be used to apply along with your PR Card.
  • What if all my IDs are expired?
    You will have to replace them before applying for citizenship.
  • How do I apply for Canadian citizenship for my child?

    If you are already a citizen, but were naturalized after your child’s birth, you can apply for your child right now.

    If you are not yet a citizen, but are eligible as a permanent resident, you should apply for yourself and your child at the same time. Your child cannot become a citizen if you are not already a citizen or filing an application for Canadian citizenship at the same time.

  • I live overseas. Can I apply?
    No. Citizenship applications must be made within Canada. If you cannot meet the residence requirement you are not eligible for citizenship.
  • How do I check the status of my Canadian citizenship application?
    You can do this through CIC’s website.
  • I checked CIC’s website, but there is not update on my status. What do I do?
    It usually takes a minimum of 3 – 6 months for updates to appear on the CIC website after a Canadian citizenship application has been submitted. No information will show on the CIC website if you have not received a letter from CIC confirming your application was received. You can also call CIC’s call centre at 1-888-242 2100 for further information.
  • I tried to call CIC and I can’t get through.
    Please note that CIC has only one Call Centre and it is very busy. You will have to keep trying until you get through, and you should keep checking the website to see if your status is updated in the meantime. When you call CIC, listen to the recording which advises the best times of the week to call.
  • How can I stop the processing of a Grant of Canadian citizenship application?
    You must contact CIC in writing and ask that your application be withdrawn. If you are not sure how to do this, Immigroup can help you.

Using Immigroup FAQs


  • Why should I use Immigroup?
    • We have helped thousands of clients with citizenship matters. This gives us the experience that you can utilize.
    • We make sure that we submit the best possible application for every single client.
    • We have been in business since 2004.
    • Our staff members have years of experience in the immigration field.
    • You can call us between 8:00am and 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time and speak to a live professional.
    • More than half a million people visit www.immigroup.com each year to use our great tools and information.
    • Our legal fees are disclosed on our website. Not many law firms are willing to do that!
    • We make it easy for you to get started on your application by email, phone, or fax.
    • Customer service, sound and ethical advice are our highest priority. Once you have used us you will feel the difference knowledge, service, and loyalty makes.
    • We think outside the box to help you with your case, but we don’t take clients on just because they can pay!
    • Expect an honest opinion – we will advise you if applying is not in your best interest. Click here to see our firm’s application statistics
    • We go out on a limb to give you the highest level of service.
    • We don’t take short cuts - we are perfectionists!
  • I need my Citizenship fast. How quickly can you get it?
    It is not possible to expedite a Citizenship application.
  • Can you guarantee everything will work out if I use you?
    No application has a guaranteed successful outcome whether you submit it yourself, use our company, or hire the most expensive lawyer in Canada. However, the great thing about Immigroup is that you can see statistics of the success rate of our past applications. Click here for detailed statistics
  • What if Immigroup makes a mistake on my application?
    Immigroup has the highest standards in hiring and training. Mistakes that effect the processing time of your application are extremely rare. However, if Immigroup makes a mistake on your application which causes a delay in processing, we will take full responsibility and process a refund appropriate to the situation. Click here to see statistics on these incidents and our terms of reimbursement to you.
  • Why should I hire Immigroup when I can do the application on my own?
    You can definitely do any application on your own without hiring a company to help you. However, when you use Immigroup, you gain these advantages over people who do it themselves:
    • You can be completely sure that the best possible application was submitted. This means that there will be no mistakes, errors, or omissions which could cause delays or refusals of an application.
    • This also means that Immigroup will offer you the most ethical and sound advice regarding your application.
    • We will tell you if something in your application works against you or could cause problems in the future.
    • Immigroup has years of experience which can be leveraged in your favour to know what works and what doesn’t in an application.
    • Using Immigroup will also save you time because you don’t have to fight with the government to submit an application or follow up on it. You can simply call or email any time you want to know the status of your application.
    • Immigroup offers 20% off our service fee for every additional application.
    • Immigroup offers 20% off our service fee for returning clients.
  • Can you give me free support or where can I get free support?
    We are committed to helping everyone with their immigration needs. This is why www.immigroup.com offers free tools and information to answer all types of immigration questions. Immigroup does charge a fee for all services, but we are always looking for feedback on how we can further help our community. Our email address is info@immigroup.com
  • I have one important question, but I don’t need the full service. What can I do?
    You can easily search our database of FAQs. However, if you still can’t find the answer to your question, email us your question and you will receive a response within 2 business days. Depending on the complexity of your question, you may be advised to schedule a consultation with one of our immigration practitioners to ensure that you receive the best advice. The cost for a consultation is $84.75 (tax included) which is up to 30 minutes; however, if you retain Immigroup for a full service after the consultation, this fee well be deducted from the cost of the service. Consultations are available in person at our Toronto office or by phone. (Other options are available for hearing-impaired persons.) Call us at 1-866-760-2623 or email at info@immigroup.com to schedule your consultation.
  • I called your office and did not get the answer I needed. What can I do?
    Call us at 1-866-760-2623 or email at info@immigroup.com to schedule your consultation. Only general information is available when you call our office. If you are still unsure how you should proceed, contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your specific case. Click here for more info.
  • How can I check the status of my application?
    Checking the status of your Citizenship application is simple. If you have filed an urgent application, please contact us 10 business days after your application has been submitted. For applications you may contact us after 2-3 months to check the status. You can check the status using one of two methods:
    1. By phone
      Contact our office during business hours and state you are a Right of Citizenship client that needs a status check on your application. We will confirm your contact information and then contact you within one business day to advise of the status of your application.
    2. By email
      Email us at info@immigoup.com and advise us that you are a current client and you would like to check the status of your application. Your message should contain following:
      • applicant’s first and last name,
      • type of service: the subject should be Right of Citizenship status check
  • I used Immigroup but I lost my Citizenship Certificate. Do I have to do the entire process again?
    Not exactly. You will have to apply for a replacement Citizenship Certificate, which is a separate application from Right of Citizenship, and takes much less time.
  • Do you offer any discounts?
    Yes, returning clients are offered a 20% discount on our service fees. Clients who submit multiple applications are also offered a 20% discount on any additional services after the first application.
  • I need your help, but I can’t afford the fees? Can you help?
    We do our best to keep things affordable, but unfortunately we are unable to offer any discounts in addition to the ones above.
  • My case is complex, are you the right firm to use?
    Immigroup is an industry leader in Citizenship applications processing and assistance. In addition to Citizenship applications, we also have years of experience processing much more complicated applications. You can rest assured you are in good hands. If we feel something is out of our understanding the agent will let you know.
  • Do you know something that the government does not?
    No, but we have 8 years of experience dealing with Citizenship applications. We are aware of changes in the application procedure as they happen, and we know what CIC will accept and what they won’t, which is sometimes not exactly what is listed on their website. Please see our case knowledge in the Citizenship Application area:
    • Landing Paper Replacement and Amendments More info
    • Residence Questionnaire More info
    • Citizenship Test practice More info
    • Lack of sufficient supporting documents to apply for Citizenship More info
    • Your application has been returned to you be the processing centre More info
    • You need to check the status of your Citizenship application More info
    • You have already submitted your application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada but you need to withdraw More info
    • CIC has requested that you provide additional information More info
  • Can I pay you in instalments?
    Yes, you may pay a minimum deposit of 50% of the amount due to start your case. The balance must be paid in full before the application can be submitted.
  • Do I pay you when I get my certificate?
    Your fees must be paid in full before your application is submitted to CIC.
  • Do you work weekends or evenings?
    You may call our office between 8:00am and 6:00pm Eastern Time, or you may come in person between 9:30am and 4:15pm. You may drop your documents at the Toronto office 24 hours a day in our drop box. You may also leave a voicemail at 1-866-760-2623 or send an email 24 hours a day at info@immigroup.com and you will receive a response within one business day. To meet with an immigration practitioner outside of these hours, please contact us during business hours to schedule an appointment at a time convenient to you.
  • How accurate is your website?
    We strive to maintain accurate and up to date information on our website by getting up to the minute news from CIC and other government agencies. However, you should always confirm information before acting on it to ensure its accuracy.
  • I had something happen to me that is not posted on this webpage
    Great, we really would love to hear from you and what happened. By sending us your experience you are helping others in the future. We post all information that will be valued by future visitors.
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Basic info FAQ’s


 
  • What is Canadian Citizenship?
    Canadian Citizenship is a nationality and a right acquired by being born in Canada, by being born to Canadian parents overseas, or being naturalized (taking the oath of citizenship). A Canadian citizen can vote in Canadian elections, run for office in Canada, work and study and Canada, serve in the Canadian military, and receive government benefits, among other rights and privileges. Canadian Citizens are allowed to travel on Canadian Passports. As a Canadian citizen, you will be eligible for jury duty and you are required by law to participate.
  • History of Canadian Citizenship
    Originally, Canadian citizenship was similar to British citizenship since all Canadians were subjects of the British Crown. At Confederation, the Canadian Parliament was given control over citizenship and immigration. In 1910, the first mention of “Canadian Citizen” appears in law. Canadian Citizens were born in Canada, naturalized in Canada, or even British who moved to Canada. But this only meant that these people didn’t have to undergo immigration controls. In 1914, it became slightly harder to naturalize in Canada: the residency requirement changing from three to five years. In 1921, the notion of Canadian Nationality (and hence citizenship) was finally put into law as a separate thing from British nationality.
    In 1931 Canada finally gained full legislative independence from Britain but retained various rules about citizenship inherited from Britain. This continued until the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1946. If you were a British subject living in Canada at this time, you most likely became a Canadian citizen. This also applies to British Subjects living in Newfoundland when Newfoundland joined Canada three years later in 1949.
    The biggest change in Canadian citizenship regulations occurred in 1977. These new rules legalized dual citizenship in Canada and also made it official that anyone born in Canada after 1947 was automatically a Canadian citizen (unless they were the child of a foreign diplomat). This is proved through the issuance of a birth certificate. The other thing the new rules did was make Canadians out of children born to Canadian citizens overseas, for the firs time. Additionally, if you were the son or daughter of the son or daughter of a Canadian born overseas (i.e. second generation) you could still claim your citizenship if you applied to do so before your 28th birthday.
    In 2009 this last rule changed. Citizenship by descent (outside of Canada) now only applies to the first generation but there is no need to apply or register your status. For those second generation children born after April 17, 2009, who are now not Canadian citizens (even if they have siblings born before April 17, who are Canadian citizens), these children can become Canadian Citizens if they first become Permanent Residents. They do not need to wait the usual three years to apply for citizenship.
    These new changes also affected adoption. Foreigners adopted by Canadian Citizens in Canada now become Canadian Citizens at the time of the adoption.
  • What is naturalization?
    When a person is naturalized, this means that they have become a citizen of a country other than the country of their birth through an application process. A person who is naturalized does not acquire citizenship through birth or through descent from a parent.
  • How do I become naturalized?
    You can become a citizen of Canada through naturalization if you are over 18 and
    • you are a permanent resident
    • you have lived in Canada for a total of 1095 days during the four years preceding your application for citizenship, including two years as a permanent resident
    • have knowledge of Canada (as demonstrated by taking a test, which is required as part of the application process, but only if the applicant is between 18 and 54 years of age)
    • are not a subject to any criminal prohibitions
    • you are not a war criminal
    • you are able to demonstrate dequate knowledge of English or French
    If you are a child, there are fewer requirements:
    • you should be a permanent resident
    • your parent should be a Canadian citizen or in the process of applying for Canadian citizenship
    If you are 14 or over you must attend a citizenship ceremony as the final stage of the application.
  • Why am I not naturalized automatically?
    In Canada, living here is not enough to become a Citizen. If you are a permanent resident, you must apply and be approved – by meeting the requirements – in order to become a citizen.
  • How do I lose my citizenship?
    In 1977, the new rules made it impossible to give up your citizenship without officially renouncing it. However, new laws mean you could lose your citizenship if you are convicted for fraud regarding your immigration admission or your citizenship application.
    You could have lost your citizenship before 1977 if you
    • were naturalized in another (dual citizenship wasn’t legal in Canada)
    • lived outside of Canada for a prolonged period of time
    • if your parent lost their citizenship while you were a child
    In 2007 efforts were made to help those who had lost their citizenship prior to 1977. Under the new citizenship rules of 2009, it was possible to regain your Canadian citizenship if you could claim it by descent and if you had not already.
  • What constitutes proof of Citizenship?
    Proof of Citizenship in Canada is a birth certificate showing you were born in Canada or a Citizenship Certificate (the piece of paper received at the Ceremony) showing you are a Canadian Citizen. A passport is not always viewed as proof of Canadian Citizenship.
  • Who is eligible for a Citizenship Certificate?
    Canadian citizens are eligible to apply.
  • What is the cost for a Citizenship Certificate?
    The application fee for a Citizenship Certificate is $75 CDN. The cost of the Citizenship Certificate using Immigroup depends on the processing time. Please see the fee grid.
  • What is a Record of Landing (IMM 1000)?
    This paper document is literally the record of your landing in Canada as an immigrant. If you were naturalized, you should have one.
  • Can I laminate my certificate?
    Laminating your certificate or altering it in any other way is considered damaging it. If you have laminated it, it will not be accepted by Passport Canada or other federal agencies.
  • Can I fold my certificate?
    No, you cannot alter your certificate in anyway. If you do so, it may be refused as proof of citizenship by Passport Canada and other federal agencies.
  • I am a temporary resident, when can I apply?
    You must be a permanent resident for a minimum of two years before applying for Canadian Citizenship. In addition, you must satisfy the residence requirement of living in Canada for 1095 days out of the four years prior to your application. You should first look into becoming a permanent resident.
  • Do the days I accumulated in Canada as a temporary resident prior to my becoming permanent count towards my residence requirement?
    Yes. You still need to still need to have been a permanent resident for at least two years. Also, your days in Canada before your permanent residence will only be counted as half days.
  • Why do I need photos if I am not getting a Citizenship Card?
    The photos you submit will be put into CIC’s database. When the bar code of your new Citizenship Certificate is read, your photos will appear on the computer, identifying you as a Canadian Citizen.
  • What if the information on my immigration document is incorrect?
    This document will be used as to provide the information on your Citizenship Certificate. If you would like to change it, you should submit a Request to Amend the Record of Landing before you apply for Citizenship.
  • How long does an application for citizenship take?
    Applications that do not require additional information take approximately 21 months as of [this month] (anywhere from 12-24 months, depending on how busy CIC is) [We should scrape CIC website and have this update regularly]. Additional information requests can add up to a year of processing time.
  • What additional information might CIC require during the process?
    In order to verify your identity and certain facts about your case, CIC may request the following:
    • Your fingerprints
    • Applicable court documents if you have a criminal record
    • That you attend an interview to verify your documents in person
    • That you complete a residence questionnaire to verify your days in Canada
    • That you provide any other information relevant to the granting or denying of the application
  • What could cause delays with my application?
    • Residence questionnaire
    • Verifying your IDs in person at a CIC office
    • Fingerprinting
    • Incomplete application (incorrect photos, questions left blank, etc)
    • Incomplete supporting documents (IDs, language requirement, PR card, Record of Landing, etc)
    • If you have been previously charged with a criminal offence, but your case has been stayed or dismissed
    • Interview with a Citizenship Judge
  • I took the test / applied online. Why am I not a Citizen?
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers tools on its website that allow Permanent Residents to see if they are eligible for citizenship. If a tool tells you that you are eligible, then you still need to apply, pay the fee, take the test at a CIC office – if you are an adult under 55 – and swear the Oath at a ceremony. Eligibility does not automatically lead to naturalization.
  • Can I apply, go home, and come back for the test?
    You must be residing in Canada permanently (living here 3 years out of every 4) in order to qualify for citizenship. You must be in Canada at the time your application is submitted. If you leave Canada after your Grant of Canadian citizenship application is submitted to CIC, you must make sure you return to Canada in order to maintain your Permanent Resident status.
  • If I failed the test, can I get my application fee back?
    You will first be given an opportunity to answer the test verbally with a Citizenship Judge. If you fail, you cannot get your fee back.
  • Can I move during the process?
    Yes, you just need to update CIC with your new address, so they don’t send the information for your test and / or ceremony to the wrong address.
  • Do I have to swear the Oath of Citizenship? What happens if I don’t want to?
    If you do not swear the Oath, the process will not be completed and you will remain a Permanent Resident.
  • Can I keep my PR Card?
    Once you are a Citizen of Canada (i.e. once you have sworn the Oath in the presence of a Citizenship Judge) you are no longer a Permanent Resident of Canada and your PR Card is no longer a valid ID. You cannot legally hold both a PR Card and a Citizenship Certificate.
  • Do I get a passport automatically when I become a Citizen?
    No. You get a Citizenship Certificate, but this is not a travel document. You must apply for your passport through Passport Canada. You can do this 48 hours after receiving your Certificate (which you need to prove your citizenship to Passport Canada).
  • Are my kids Canadian if they were born here, even if I never became a Canadian citizen?
    Yes, every person born in Canada is a Canadian citizen.
  • I received my notice to take my citizenship test. Will I still be allowed to take the test if I don't have my Record of Landing / IMM 1000?
    Yes, you should be allowed to take the test, provided you assure CIC you will apply for a replacement shortly. Click here to apply for a replacement.

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