Processing Time Citizenship Certificate

5 months

It currently takes over 5 months to process your Canadian Citizenship Certificate application, provided that application is properly completed and supported by the correct documentation.

In Immigroup’s experience, it’s closer to 6 months eligible for urgent processingso you should allow for a six month processing time when applying for your Canadian citizenship certificate, unless you are .

 

Why does it take so long to replace a certificate?

Well, in addition to confirming you are the person you say you are, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has to confirm that you should be a citizen. The previous federal government initiated changes that made it possible to lose your Canadian citizenship, something that was not possible between 1977 and 2009. As a result, we can assume that IRCC is looking into more than just your identity when the application is submitted.

However, the processing time for a citizenship certificate was 5 months back in 2008 too, so it could be that this is just not a priority application for IRCC.

Please Note: If you are amending your date of birth on your Canadian citizenship certificate, the processing time will take over two years. Learn more.

 

Can I Get My Certificate Urgently?

You may be able to get your citizenship certificate urgently if you meet the criteria for urgent processing. Learn more.

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