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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am still a citizen of another country. Will I lose that citizenship if I become a Canadian?

A: Under Canadian law, a Canadian is allowed to be a citizen of another country as well. Some countries, however, will not let you keep their citizenship if you become a Canadian citizen. The consulate or embassy of your other country of citizenship can let you know if this applies to you.

Q:What is the Residence Requirement to apply for Canadian Citizenship?

A: You must have accumulated at least four years of residence (1,460 days) on the day you sign your application.

Q: What happens if I miss my citizenship test?

A: If you do not appear for your scheduled citizenship test, we will mail you a letter telling you that because you missed your citizenship test, you are now scheduled to appear for an interview with a citizenship judge.

If you miss that interview, another interview will be scheduled for you and you will receive a notice of that second scheduled date by registered mail. If you do not attend the second scheduled interview, your file will be closed.

Q: What happens if I do not appear for the citizenship ceremony?

A: If you do not attend the citizenship ceremony and do not contact the citizenship office within 60 days, your file will be closed. You will then have to fill out another application form and pay the fee to go through the entire process again

Q: How long will it take IRCC (formerly known as CIC) to process my application?

A: It is currently taking IRCC (formerly known as CIC) approximately fifteen - nineteen months to process citizenship applications.

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