Give up (renounce) Canadian citizenship: After you apply

Processing your application

Processing time

6 months ?

Once we receive your application to renounce your Canadian citizenship, we will review it and begin processing. If your application is approved, you will be sent a renunciation certificate or confirmation of renunciation.

Some applications may take longer to process

  • If documents or fees (if applicable) are missing, we will return your application to you.
  • If your case is complex, we may contact you to ask for more information or documents. Such cases may take longer to process.

Check the status of your application online. If the normal processing times have passed and you cannot check the status of your application online, you can send us an enquiry by using this Web form.

A citizenship officer may need to interview you

Due to COVID-19, we cancelled most citizenship interviews. Wait for us to contact you.

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