Canadian Citizenship Applications Taking Longer Than Four Years To Be Processed

Obtaining citizenship in Canada is already a long process. It is extremely worthwhile and a dream for many residents in Canada, but it is still a lengthy process regardless.

Canadian Citizenship Applications Take Longer To Be Processed

For one, a permanent resident already has to live in Canada for three years before applying for Canadian citizenship, and that is not taking into account the amount of time it may take to become a permanent resident in the first place.

Canadian Citizenship ApplicationsQuestionnaire Exceeds Expected Process Time

Now, disturbing information has been published by the Toronto Star, saying that the residence questionnaire the Canadian government introduced last May as an added security measure on Canadian citizenship application is taking far too long to process.

When it was introduced, it was supposed to take 15 months to process the four-page form, which includes things like pay stubs and tax returns. Now, applicants are finding that it is taking four more years to fully processing them.

Injustice for Applicants Meeting Citizenship Requirements

The additional processing time means that applicants who have already met the requirements for Canadian citizenship and have passed the citizenship test are finding out it is going to take another 48 months to process their citizenship applications because of this additional questionnaire.

There are approximately 11,000 applications that included the questionnaires, which were added to applications that were flagged for a further examination last year. About 300,000 permanent residents have Canadian citizenship applications in process, while the application denial rate has increased from 1.4 per cent to 3.5 per cent over the last five years.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Ashani W


    My parents applied for family citizenship when I was 17, my parents got a hearing after few years and we didn’s hear anything so I called and then they sent a letter for my mom to come meet with a judge last year in January. So we went and she asked my mom questions said we will hear in couple of months, we waited 5 months called CIC and they said they will send them an email to see what’s going on and we will hear again within few month. Waited another few month still nothing. Called again and said the same thing. We are still waiting to hear from them its been almost 7 years, now I am 24 years old. Please what can we do?

    • Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Ashani. Waiting can be very frustrating. The only thing that I can suggest is to have a legal team of immigration professionals look after your file and see if there is anything that is holding it up, and if there is, remove the roadblocks and get the results that you and your family are looking for. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Vahe

  • Dave

    I applied for my citizenship in August of 2011 did my exam in May of 2013 and still heard of nothing.Everytime that I call cic they tell me they will send a msg and now they’ve sent the 2nd one. How come do we have to pay taxes without even getting the right for the passport I think it’s complete abuse. Citizenship fees doubled and still they’re not doing anything about it. I find that unfair!

    • owen

      Hello Dave,

      It sounds like you’ve had a pretty significant delay in this process, and we will happily look into this for you and try to expedite everything so that you can get citizenship.


  • Kashif

    I took my test Jan 2011, then feb 2011 CIC requested some additional info, which I mailed to them April 2011 …. I have heard nothing so far … the call centre says its under process ….. what do I do? any suggestions pl? thanks

    • Hello Kashif

      Citizenship applications often take very long to process. Yours seems to be taking especially long. You can get professional assistance for this one.

  • Ana

    Hello, I have a question about citizenship application processing time. I applied on August 13,2011 and had a citizenship test on June 13, 2013. It was a routine citizenship application but my waiting time is almost 28 months. I called cic many times and they always say that everything is good with my application , and that I have to wait. Now, my question is how long I have to wait????? I live in Saskatchewan ,Regina area. Please give me an answer. Thank you.

    • Hello Ana

      I am sorry about the long wait for Canadian citizenship. This is indeed a long time and there is a backlog. It is hard to predict when your application will be finalized. You can contact us directly for help and we can try to find out for you.

      Michael Niren

  • Theodor

    Now many permanent residents, especially those who arrived in Canada recently, will probably consider to refuse their plans to establish in Canada and try other options: return to they homeland, investment immigration elsewhere etc.

    Who would accept to pay taxes without being able to vote, and that for 9 years?

    • Hello Theodor

      Many people get Canadian PRs stay in Canada for a long time just to enjoy the benefits of living her without voting.


  • my neighbour taramani (it is very hot to be citizens) , sara says (we are great couples and we came to canada as citizens)
    finally my friend amrit atwal says ….

  • padma

    i applied with my husband and two kids (tevins) and it is a piece of cake i got it in one year

    • Great news Padma! Glad it worked out for you.
      Michael Niren

  • it is a test drive. practice makes perfect for cic.

  • they are all the same australia, u.s.a, canada, india nothing new

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