Program delivery update – February 27, 2015

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

Update to the instructions related to the oath of citizenship as a result of recent decision by Federal Court


As a result of a recent decision by the Federal Court, the following amendments were made to oath of citizenship information:

  • removed the requirement that a “candidate must be seen taking the oath of citizenship”;
  • added guidance that a candidate must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship (CIT 0049) form after they take the oath of citizenship at all citizenship ceremonies.

Important: Operational Bulletin 359, “Requirements for candidates to be seen taking the Oath of Citizenship at a ceremony and procedures for candidates with full or partial face coverings” is expired and no longer valid.

Updated instructions

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