Citizenship: COVID-19 program delivery

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

These are COVID-19 program delivery instructions for citizenship applications.

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Cancellations

As of March 14, 2020, all knowledge tests, retests and ceremonies have been cancelled.

Missed appointments

For the safety of clients and staff, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice, IRCC has cancelled all citizenship

Clients will be sent a new notice to appear when appointments resume in local offices, which will be treated as their first notice.

Document requests

Officers are required to provide applicants with an additional 90 days to send documents to IRCC once applicants have notified the local office that they have been affected by COVID-19, are in self-isolation or have recently returned from abroad.

Request for Medical Opinion forms

Officers will provide applicants an additional 90 days if they have been affected by COVID-19, are in self-isolation or have recently returned from abroad.

Permanent residents applying for citizenship upon return from outside of Canada

Extra days spent outside of Canada due to the virus shall not count as days in Canada. Applicants must meet the physical presence requirements as per normal procedure.

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