Right of Citizenship (ROCF) Refund

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Applicants who are denied citizenship get a refund of the Right of Citizenship Fee when the 180 day waiting period has ended and no appeal is filed. If there is an appeal, and it is denied, the fee is refunded. The fee is not refunded if the appeal is allowed and the person becomes a Canadian citizen.

Time for processing refund

It takes approximately one to three months from the time CPC Sydney receives the file to process a Right of Citizenship Fee refund. This is in addition to the six-month hold (180-day waiting period) at the local office for files that are non-approved. Applications that are withdrawn may be sent immediately to CPC Sydney for a refund.

Refunds are mailed to the payer on file.

Application processing fee

Generally there is no refund of the application processing fee for either grants or proofs. The application processing fee is only refunded if:

  • the applicant dies before a decision was made by a citizenship official; or
  • the applicant applied for a grant or proof of citizenship on the basis of incorrect information by CIC officials. Documentation supporting the error must be provided.
No fee for minors, no refund

As there is no Right of Citizenship Fee for a minor’s application, there is no refund for applications made on behalf of minors that are refused citizenship. The processing fee for applications made by or on behalf of minors if the minor’s parent is refused citizenship is not refunded. The application processing fee for minors is not to be held pending a new application by a parent, nor credited towards a later application, when the parents are refused citizenship.

Decision making process

If the application is refused, then CPC Sydney will automatically initiate the refund after the regulatory 180-day period if no appeal is filed.

  • if an appeal is filed then the fee is only refunded if the appeal is denied.
  • if the client has no intention of appealing, the client may request a refund before the 180-day period by writing to the designated local CIC.

Note: If parents and a minor applied at the same time, and the parents were non-approved, the processing fee for the child's application will not be refunded even if the application is withdrawn.

If the client wants to withdraw the application, then a withdrawal request must be made in writing to the responsible office in order for a refund to be initiated.

If applicant dies before a decision is made, then a refund will be initiated once the request from a spouse, parent, or executor is received. A copy of the death certificate is required. (The refund is paid to the applicant's estate.)

If applicant applied for a grant of citizenship on the basis of incorrect information by CIC officials, then a refund will be initiated once documentation supporting the error has been provided by the applicant and CIC determines that an error

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