Program delivery update – May 31, 2017

Update to the instructions related to abandonment procedures for the citizenship program


The instructions have been updated to reflect the following:

  • Abandonment should be used sparingly and as a last resort after all other reasonable actions have been taken.
  • A new form, Notice of Review of Explanation, is to be used by officers to notify applicants that an unavailability explanation for an event or reason for non-submission of documents was not accepted.
  • Decision makers must provide an assessment if they deem an explanation to be unreasonable.
  • Time frames have been adjusted for providing reasonable explanations for events and requests for documentation.
  • Specific instructions have been added on sending first and final notices for events and requests for documentation.
  • Further instructions have been added for application closure in the Global Case Management System, including sample notes of acceptable levels of detail.
  • New instructions have been added on closing an application with an associated concurrent minor application.
  • The instructions on how and when abandoned applications can be reactivated have been updated.

Updated instructions

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