Don’t let your citizenship application be abandoned

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Last Updated on May 10, 2022 by Allard John Keeley

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is abandoning certain citizenship applications

The bad news: as of September 2013, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is closing – abandoning – so-called “dormant” citizenship applications. For the purposes citizenship applications, “dormant” means that you  have missed your citizenship test of interview with a citizenship judge and have not responded to a “final notice” sent to you giving you a certain length of time to contact IRCC to give reasons for missing your test or interview. If you have failed to submit a residence questionnaire that was sent to you, your application will also be abandoned.

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If you are in this situation, you need to contact CIC as soon as possible with a legitimate reason as to why you missed your test or interview. Such reasons include:

  • “being away to care for a dying parent;
  • inability to appear as a result of health constraints following an illness or accident; or
  • waiting for the arrival of documents requested from a third-party” (residence questionnaire cases only).

If you do not provide such a reason to CIC in the time allowed your application will be abandoned.

The good news: if you have followed all citizenship application procedures, your application may indeed be processed faster than the standard 25 months, due to other applications being abandoned.

Have someone from our team call you back and answer all your questions.

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Riley Haas has been a leading expert since 2011 on immigration matters, with hundreds of publications online. Published author of three books about political philosophy, the Beatles and the Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively. BA from Bishop’s University, MA from McMaster University. You follow Riley on Substack https://rileyhaas.substack.com.

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