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 applicants.

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Missed appointments

For example, knowledge tests, retests, interviews, hearings, or oath ceremonies

Officers are directed to reschedule appointments once IRCC has been notified that the clients have returned to Canada. The responsible office should ensure that they are rescheduled within a reasonable timeframe so as to not delay processing times. They will be sent a new notice to appear, and it will be treated as their first notice.

Document requests

Officers are required to provide applicants with an additional 30 days to send documents to IRCC once applicants have notified the local office that they have returned from China, Iran or South Korea.

Request for Medical Opinion forms

Officers will provide applicants an additional 45 days upon their return to Canada to comply.

Permanent residents applying for citizenship upon return from China, Iran or South Korea

Extra days spent in China, Iran or South Korea 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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