In every stage in the Canadian citizenship application, you must do a lot of effort from paperwork to submission of application. But regardless of what phase you are now, do not lose track of the progress.
- Submit the Canadian citizenship application for adult
- Submit the Canadian citizenship application for minor
- Review for the citizenship test for free
- Change address online
- Take the Canadian citizenship exam
- Take the Oath of Citizenship
Check online your Canadian citizenship application, especially when you recently submitted the application.
Although, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) respond to applicants through mail and email, do not disregard the website feature’s of allowing you to check online the status of applications.
This information can facilitate or delay the application depending on how you’ll use it.
You Can Never Be Sure
Wouldn’t it be great to receive all your online order at your door. Occasionally it can end up somewhere and so is the mail from the IRCC.
It’s an unimaginable scenario to lose an important letter but it happens. Ask around, and it’s likely to hear a story of not receiving mail for the exam or oath taking.
When you submit the Canadian citizenship application, the given home address and email on the forms will serve as ways for the immigration to contact you. While constantly checking the mailbox, don’t forget to also check your email (inbox and spam) because letters maybe sent online or through snail mail. Or both.
And while you’re at it, check online the status of your application. (I’ll show you how later.) The progress of the application is shown in chronological order.
The Downside: The information shows the events that already happened. Too late.
It can be undone. But there’s still time to act only if you find out early, within 30 days. Why not give it a try now.
How to Check Online Your Canadian Citizenship Application
Before we start, find out your Unique Client Identifier (UCI) or Application Number.
Temporary foreign worker and permanent resident have UCI while those who have submitted the application for Canadian citizenship will get a letter with Application Number.
- Check your application status
- Choose Citizenship in “What did you apply for?” then continue
- Click Check application status
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions then continue
- Enter information:
- Identification Type
- Identification Number
- Surname/Family Name
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Click the link (received, in process, or decision made) in the Citizenship Application(s) section
- Click Logout when you are done
How’s your application status so far? Are you bored with the long wait without any update or are you screaming inside yet can’t say a word. Did you get an invite from the immigration. And missed the event. Now what?
What to Do When You are Not Informed
In many things in life, we always want to be on time instead of getting delayed by red traffic light one after the other. (It’s a pattern, I know.) For an important turning point such as anything related to Canadian citizenship, we want to be ahead of time, regardless of the weather.
But when things go wrong:
- Missed the Canadian citizenship exam
- Missed the Oath of Citizenship
How’s that possible? If you didn’t receive any letter prior to the date that seems reasonable. You’re not guilty at all. Feel free to reason out. For whatever reason you have, contact the IRCC within 30 days.
- Send an email through the web form
- Call Client Support Centre Agents at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only) from Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 4:00 pm
- Use text telephone (for hearing impaired or have a speech impediment). Call 1-888-576-8502
Automatic reply is sent to your email after using the web form. For phone calls, be patient and stay on the line and hum along with the music while waiting for an agent to speak to you. Don’t sleep and patiently wait for your turn. (Watching dogs online ordering ice cream will keep you awake.)
While it’s hard to tell why letters went missing, as an applicant you can do something to safeguard the process. Check online your Canadian citizenship application even if it’s a chore.
The sooner you act for any drawbacks the faster that you can get back to the track of becoming a Canadian citizen.