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Old Apr 7th 2022, 11:07 am
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa View Post
Sounds like your friend had been a British citizen by descent since birth. If she’d applied for citizenship it would have cost £1330 (plus courier costs, document fees etc) and taken a heck of a lot longer.

If one was in the UK on a similar route (work visa, then ILR - the UK equivalent to Canadian PR, then citizenship) it would cost a lot more than the same process in Canada. https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-february-2022

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Yeah im not sure on that, thats what she told me and her brother is now a passport holder and travelling through the uk after they only learned they might be eligible to apply six months ago.

Its a shame that its similarly difficult the other way around for full citizenship, I honestly think these processes act as a deterrent for a lot of people as it can be intimidating. Im hopeful I get my call for ceremony before the end of this year and that would take me to 8 years from my first IEC permit to citizen.
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Yeah im not sure on that, thats what she told me and her brother is now a passport holder and travelling through the uk after they only learned they might be eligible to apply six months ago.
If her Dad was a UK citizen and born there, then she was British at birth. No idea what she applied for that only cost £30 but maybe just the passport?

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Its a shame that its similarly difficult the other way around for full citizenship, I honestly think these processes act as a deterrent for a lot of people as it can be intimidating. Im hopeful I get my call for ceremony before the end of this year and that would take me to 8 years from my first IEC permit to citizen.
It is equally long winded and much more expensive (although yours has taken double the time it could take others, guessing you had a fairly complicated route to PR), but I guess it means only those that truly want to stay will apply for citizenship rather than those that just want dual/triple/quadruple citizenships to choose from. Hope you get your ceremony soon, good luck.

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Old Apr 16th 2022, 6:47 am
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Filled in the new online citizenship application. Very straightforward and alot easier than the initial permanent resident application. Just need to sort a professional photo and pay the fee
Disappointed to see the timescales extended from 12 months to 27 months.
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Filled in the new online citizenship application. Very straightforward and alot easier than the initial permanent resident application. Just need to sort a professional photo and pay the fee
Disappointed to see the timescales extended from 12 months to 27 months.
it has been taking 2+ years for a while now. Only thing that has changed is they’ve updated their site.
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Can you travel by road to the USA after the ceremony (where you have to surrender your PR card) and return by road during the interim period waiting for your passport?
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Old Apr 23rd 2022, 12:24 pm
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa View Post
If her Dad was a UK citizen and born there, then she was British at birth. No idea what she applied for that only cost £30 but maybe just the passport?



It is equally long winded and much more expensive (although yours has taken double the time it could take others, guessing you had a fairly complicated route to PR), but I guess it means only those that truly want to stay will apply for citizenship rather than those that just want dual/triple/quadruple citizenships to choose from. Hope you get your ceremony soon, good luck.
Hi christmasoompa,

Yeah i think thats what it sounded like was the passport fee.

Yeah my route hasnt been straightforward. I have had two iec visas and then opted for a study permit and only ended up coming through the common law route. I tried for the longest time for express entry but never met the score requirement. Entered canada in 2014 and will hopefully have citizenship in 2023 all going well.

Thank you
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Can you travel by road to the USA after the ceremony (where you have to surrender your PR card) and return by road during the interim period waiting for your passport?
If you would be a dual-citizen at that point, then no, I don't think you can do that, as you must enter Canada using your canadian passport, which you'd not have at that point. I can understand it's frustrating to say the least, especially with the timeline for getting a canadian passport growing.
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If anyone happens to have found their citizenship application has seemingly stalled when awaiting notification to take your oath, then have a check if your Drivers Licence and / or Health Card have expired. It's possibly a coincidence, but a friend happened to realize their drivers licence and health card had been expired for about a month, so they renewed them, and within 24 hours they were checking their application status and it had been updated to tell them that they were scheduled to take their oath. As said, it could just be a coincidence, as all the other parts of the application had shown up as completed, but it could be worth a check.
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Just adding our timeline in case anyone with an application still in progress is interested:

Sent off the application early March 2021 (I think it arrived in NS around the 10th of March)
AOR: 20th May 2021
Background Verification Completed: 25th July 2021
Citizenship test Updated to In progress: 11th Feb 2022
Citizenship test scheduled: 18th Feb (took the test on 2nd March 2022)
Citizenship test Updated to Complete: 22nd March 2022
Physical Presence, Language Skills, Prohibitions Updated to Complete: 25th April 2022

Just waiting for that last one to change to in progress now - hopefully not too much longer to go! Purely speculation but I feel we have benefitted from Covid, applying once the test moved online and during the halt in express entry. Wishing everyone else with applications in progress as smooth and efficient a process as possible.
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Applied for Citizenship online on 2May2022. Acknowledge expected within 6 weeks. Do not need to sit the test due to age. Let's hope it completes before the current 27 month timeline. Will keep you posted
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Looking for some advice... my family and I passed the citizenship test on July 31st last year (2021). At the start of the year I checked online with IRCC and it showed that processing was still incomplete. Now when I check it doesn't accept my details! It's like we have disappeared off the system altogether. How long does it typically take to process once you have completed the citizenship test?
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Filled in the new online citizenship application. Very straightforward and alot easier than the initial permanent resident application. Just need to sort a professional photo and pay the fee
Disappointed to see the timescales extended from 12 months to 27 months.
Online application acknowledged on 10 May, only 8 days after submitting
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I am STILL waiting to be invited to a citizenship ceremony. My wait just goes on and on.

I submitted my application in August of 2020 and received AOR in December 2020. I finally took the citizenship test in January of this year and passed. By February 9th, everything was moved to completed except the ceremony. I really need this to hurry up as I have a trip back to the UK for Christmas and I know everything takes so long. I need my passport by then. Really hoping I get a ceremony invite soon.
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I am STILL waiting to be invited to a citizenship ceremony. My wait just goes on and on.

I submitted my application in August of 2020 and received AOR in December 2020. I finally took the citizenship test in January of this year and passed. By February 9th, everything was moved to completed except the ceremony. I really need this to hurry up as I have a trip back to the UK for Christmas and I know everything takes so long. I need my passport by then. Really hoping I get a ceremony invite soon.
A bit of an odd question, but is your drivers licence or health card still valid, ie; not expired? I only ask as I know someone who had taken their test in late december, all items bar the test item were completed, so they were waiting for their test. they found out their drivers licence and health cards had expired, and the day after renewing them they received their test date. It could just be a coincidence but you never know.
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A bit of an odd question, but is your drivers licence or health card still valid, ie; not expired? I only ask as I know someone who had taken their test in late december, all items bar the test item were completed, so they were waiting for their test. they found out their drivers licence and health cards had expired, and the day after renewing them they received their test date. It could just be a coincidence but you never know.
Yep. I saw that as well earlier in the thread. They are both up to date and renewed. Both are valid through to 2026.
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