Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Citizenship
Travelling to Canada: health check and quarantine
If you’re travelling by air, you need to follow all airline requirements and pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.
When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.
Only people who provide essential services, for example, truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods, are exempt from the quarantine requirements.
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Most citizenship events are cancelled
We’re now inviting some applicants to attend a video oath ceremony (citizenship ceremony). Please wait for us to contact you.
To keep everyone safe, the following citizenship events are cancelled until further notice:
- in-person citizenship ceremonies
- citizenship tests
- most retests, interviews and hearings (including videoconference hearings)
- Wait for us to contact you.
- If you need to change your appointment, contact the office that sent the invitation.
- The contact information is in the letter we sent.
- citizenship events in our temporary offices (itinerant service trips)
Check the information letter or email we sent you about the events being cancelled.
- We’ll send you a new date and time as soon as possible.
- If you gave us your email address in your application, we’ll contact you by email.
- To avoid missing our emails, check your junk or spam folder.
- Look for messages from email addresses ending in “@cic.gc.ca.”
- If you didn’t provide an email address
- we’ll send the cancellation letter by mail or we’ll call you
- check your mailbox or voicemail messages often to see if you got it
Processing your citizenship application
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we
- are prioritizing Canadians who are trying to return Canada
- can’t provide accurate processing times
- check your application status online, or
- if you can’t check your status online, contact us using our Web form
Submitting your application documents
If your documents are missing due to COVID-19 (for example, police certificates, passports, medical exam results, medical opinion forms):
- we won’t close or refuse any applications in progress
- we’ll automatically give you an extra 90 days to send us the documents from the deadline in the request letter
- This applies even if the letter says you only have 30 or 90 days.
- we’ll keep extending the deadline by 90 days until you can get the documents
- you don’t have to contact us to get any of these extensions
- once you’re able to, send us the missing documents as soon as possible to avoid further delays
This extension applies to all citizenship applications, including
- Canadian citizenship for
- resuming Canadian citizenship
- giving up Canadian citizenship (renunciation)
- applying for a Canadian citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)
- applying for a search of citizenship records
New citizenship applications
We’re still accepting new citizenship applications.
Time you’ve lived in Canada (physical presence)
Extra days spent abroad due to COVID-19 will not count as days in Canada. You must still meet the physical presence requirement for your citizenship application.
If you’re a permanent resident
If you’re travelling or planning to travel, find out what you need to re-enter Canada.
You can use an expired permanent resident (PR) card to
If you’re a dual Canadian citizen
You can only enter Canada with a
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