CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION

chella99

New Member
My son has applied in mid June 2020 for his citizenship. However, until now, he has not received any response from IRCC acknowledging the reciept of the application. Is the delay due to Covid 19 aspects ? Any other matters to this ?

Thanks
 

Riley Haas

Well-Known Member
Yes, absolutely it's due to the pandemic.

Are citizenship applications still on paper? (I think they are...) If they are, this means even greater delays, because many offices have been mostly or completely closed since March, so paper applications are only occasionally retrieved (whereas online applications can be done remotely).
 

chella99

New Member
My wife has fulfilled all the requirements for applying for citizenship. But she is currently out of Canada for some reason. Can she send the application directly from abroad, but quoting a Canadian address which is her own home ?
Should she need to expressly mention about this ?
Thanks.
 

Riley Haas

Well-Known Member
She should be in Canada when she submits the application but, if she's met the residency requirement, I guess she could submit in theory. I don't know what to tell you here, as I'm not sure if it would be bad if she submits it while she's overseas. Is she coming back soon?
 

Brenda

New Member
My husband submitted his citizenship application last year (IRCC site shows app received Aug. 4, 2019, acknowledged Nov. 18, 2019, and processing started Dec. 4, 2019). Thought his case would be relatively straight forward as he is a British citizen, we have been married 14 years, and he is over age 65 (so no testing required). However, his application is still "in process." Just wondering if this falls within normal range at this time.
 

Riley Haas

Well-Known Member
It doesn't however normal processing times went out the window in March when everything closed due to the pandemic.

To the best of my knowledge most government workers are still working from home, and that's a problem for paper applications like the citizenship application because they are likely physically in the office.

What I've heard is you should expect all applications to "double" in processing time. However, your husband's application would have been well on its way to being finished in March, so he might be able to expect something sooner than next summer.

The bad news is that citizenship tests have been cancelled: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigratio...become-canadian-citizen/citizenship-test.html I don't know when these will resume.

The good news is that they are doing the Oaths online: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigratio...ces/coronavirus-covid19/citizenship.html#oath
 

Brenda

New Member
I don't think my husband is required to take a language test or citizenship test as he is a native English speaker (British) and over 55 years of age. At least that is our reading of information on the IRCC website. That's one of the reasons we continue to hope that it will not take another year to process.
 
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