Apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate: After you apply

Processing your application

Once your application for a citizenship certificate is received at the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, it will be reviewed and we will start processing it.

If your case is complex, we may contact you to get more information or to ask you to send us additional documentation. Complex cases may take longer than the processing times on our site.

You can check the status of your application online.

If you cannot see the status of your application online, and the normal processing times have passed, you may contact us by using this Web form.

Processing time

5 months ?

Processing time is the average for how long it takes from when an application is received to when we make a decision. Learn more about processing times.

If you are a Canadian citizen and your application is approved, we will mail you your citizenship certificate.

If you are not a Canadian citizen, we will let you know in writing but we will still collect the processing fee.

You may withdraw your application. If you do, you may be eligible for a refund.

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