For folks who moved to Canada roughly 3+ or more years ago, how did the process for application of Canadian citizenship go? (If applied)
I am reaching close to 3 years of stay now and will be starting the process soon, so would be great to know about the preferences:
: online v/s paper
: individual v/s family joint application
: travel outside Canada during the application is in process
: Anything else of importance.
I applied in May 2022. Got AOR within a few days. Nothing after that till Nov 2022 when my Background Verification switch to “Completed”. Rest of it is “In Progress” wherever applicable.
I raised webform a couple of times for address change because I moved, and the online address change tool wasn’t working. No response.
Recently filed for GCMS notes couple of days ago, no response yet.
In general expect many months before you get any updates at all.
Overall the process is simple. Make sure you have:
Your in/out record (border crossings) so you can calculate days correctly.
English/French proficiency test (in my case I submitted my expired IELTS result)
Police clearances as applicable to you. In my case I was in USA so I got the FBI EDO check done and submitted that.
Rest of the documents are pretty standard and you should have those if you’ve lived here.
: online v/s paper (I have heard paper was getting processed faster but this is purely anecdotal)
: individual v/s family joint application (I think everyone has to apply individually, e.g. couples have to apply separately when they become eligible)
: travel outside Canada during the application is in process (after submitting the application, as long as you have not taken oath and surrendered original passport, you can travel. Can also travel once you get your Canadian passport)
: Anything else of importance (make sure your other travel documents are up to date, don’t rely on the citizenship application getting processed within a year, can take longer)
There is also this IRCC contact number - 8882422100 that you case use to call for case related enquiries (PR application, PR card renewal, Citizenship application). This comes in handy if you want some immediate insight/clarification for your application status.
Tentative timelines based on multiple anecdotal experiences:
4-6 week from test given to all Green
1-2 weeks for oath scheduling
4-6 weeks from oath scheduling to oath ceremony
1 week to receive citizenship certificate
2 days - 15 days for passport in hand (depending on whether you apply urgent or normal)
OFF YOU GO !!!