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March 2020 - Citizenship Applicants


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Sep 2, 2021
Canadian citizenship delays cause frustration

Published Jan. 6, 2022 7:15 p.m. ET

Updated Jan. 6, 2022 10:44 p.m. ET

By Ross McLaughlin
CTV News Vancouver Consumer Reporter

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VANCOUVER -- Frustration is growing among many Canadian permanent residents who want to become citizens. McLaughlin on Your Side has received complaints that it is taking up to two years or longer to process citizenship applications.

Janelle Hurrell who works in props behind the scenes in Vancouver's film industry is nervous because her permanent resident card is about to expire.

"I'm feeling stuck," she said. "There's a lot of frustration among candidates that are waiting for citizenship."

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada received Hurrell's application on Feb. 21, 2020. She has completed all the necessary paperwork, background checks, and in July passed her citizenship test. She says it was supposed to take about two to three months to receive her invitation for the virtual Oath of Citizenship ceremony. After waiting more than four months, she reached out to CTV News.

"I'm kind of stuck between a rock and hard place if it goes past February because I'm not going to able to travel from April onwards without a renewed PR card," Hurrell said. "Mental health is taking a toll."

It could still take months to renew her permanent resident card and when she takes her Oath of Citizenship, she will have to cut up her existing PR card and apply for a Canadian passport in order to travel to New Zealand to see family. Canada requires dual citizens to have a Canadian passport to return home.

Canadian-American dual citizens can travel on a U.S. passport into Canada but still need to show proof of citizenship, like a Canadian birth certificate. IRCC recommends you carry both passports to make it easier.

Hurrell's case is not the first time that we have heard of delays with Canada's immigration system. Kaveh Matinkhoo contacted CTV News last May about trouble he was having betting a permanent resident card, waiting more than eighteen months after applying.

“Frustrated that I’ve been in the system and I applied through the old way before the pandemic,” he said.

The government acknowledged delays but said it was hiring 62 new workers at its processing centre and improving technology and modernizing systems to speed things up.

Just days after CTV News contacted IRCC, Matinkhoo's PR card was approved.

“It sounds like the wheels are moving now, and I hope to have my PR approved in the next few days!” he said.

In regards to citizenship processing times, IRCC has also admitted there has been a backlog, stating in an email to CTV News, "Despite our efforts we know that some applicants have experienced considerable wait times with the processing of their applications."

The agency committed to speeding things up globally through a more integrated, modernized working environment. The agency also stated that between April 1 and Oct. 31, 2021, more than 74,000 applicants became citizens. It says it is currently inviting approximately 3,500 to 5,000 applicants weekly to do take the oath virtually.

Thirteen days after CTV News contacted IRCC, Hurrell received an invitation for an oath ceremony on Jan. 6. She is now a citizen and can apply for a Canadian passport.

"I'm a Canadian citizen," she proclaimed. "It seems Vancouver is picking up the pace and a lot of people are getting it now so maybe this did work. Maybe having a voice coming to you helped get them rolling, so thank you."



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Full Member
Sep 2, 2021
Hi Folks,

I am curious if I am the only one in this forum who applied in march2020 and still have not got even test invite,...Processing started in sept 2020.
What should I do? Webforms are useless ( sent 5 times). Made request under Privacy act - no answer....Next step I will contact MP but do not think it will be useful.

Literally, there is nothing you can do.
If the things get worse,that's the only you can do is to deal with media in order to reveal this situation, as a lady from Vancouver did. After that , she got her PR renewal in 3 days, and citizenship in 13 days. ( February 2020 applicant ).

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Hero Member
Dec 10, 2015
NOC Code......
Job Offer........
App. Filed.......
AOR Received.
Med's Done....
Passport Req..
A friend of mine got two notifications in the portal. Oath invite for Feb 7 and then oath invite for Feb 17. No email yet. The portal got updated today 24 Jan. anybody else in the same boat i.e. with 2 notifications
Any comments on this?


Star Member
Jan 28, 2019
Hi admin,
Can you please include a note for me on the spreadsheet:
Oct 05 Passport copies sent.
Jan 26 Request for consent to I-94.
They are working on my application! :)


Jun 3, 2021
I have finally been invited to take my citizenship exam. I am scheduled for the exam! The submission was nearly 2 years ago and the background check took 1 year. Please could admin update the spreadsheet. Thank you.
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Jun 3, 2021
Hi Folks,

I am curious if I am the only one in this forum who applied in march2020 and still have not got even test invite,...Processing started in sept 2020.
What should I do? Webforms are useless ( sent 5 times). Made request under Privacy act - no answer....Next step I will contact MP but do not think it will be useful.

Literally, there is nothing you can do.
I was in the same boat as you. Only today did I finally get a test invite. I really hope you get your invite soon. I honestly felt hopeless. It is coming soon.


Star Member
May 10, 2012
Doc's Request.
Generally how many days before the oath can I expect the oath letter?
What's the current trend like?
I would say around 2 weeks or 10-15 working days before ceremony. There are exceptional scenarios (<> 10 days) in some post as I have seen here.

In My case I got email invite on 21st, Jan for 2nd Feb.

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Aug 7, 2021
We had our citizenship ceremony a little over 2 months ago. Citizenship certificates haven’t arrived yet. We are at Scarborough office.I tried calling IRCC at 888-242-2100 but they keep saying they have a large volume of callers and to try again later without the option of staying on hold. Anyone has any idea how I can contact them to see what happened to our certificates? Thanks


Star Member
Jun 25, 2020

I am 10 days away from the citizenship ceremony and I still haven't received the invitation email, should I be worried?
How long does it usually take to receive the email? My status was updated on the 17th Jan.


Jan 29, 2022
Hi Folks,
Passed language test in June 21.
Tracker updated to All Completed, except Oath Ceremony, in Sep 21.
Waiting since then( 5 month ) for an invite.
Called Immigration couple times - general answer - working on it, please be patient.
Did anyone else experience same waiting time between All Completed ( on the tracker ) and Oath Ceremony ?