OTTAWA, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Citizenship applicants who fail their first
citizenship test will now have the opportunity to rewrite the test
rather than wait for an appointment with a citizenship judge,
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney
"The Government of Canada remains committed to maintaining Canada's
tradition of high numbers of permanent residents taking up full
citizenship, and this is one of many recent improvements that have been
made to the citizenship process to ensure the timely welcoming of new
citizens," said Minister Kenney. "Since 2006, Canada has welcomed the
highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history.
Accordingly, the demand for citizenship has increased by 30 percent,
with Canada averaging approximately 200,000 new citizens each year."
In the past, individuals who failed their knowledge test would be
required to wait a number of months for an appointment with a
citizenship judge, who would make a final decision on their case.
However, as of today, applicants will be informed of their results
immediately following their test. Individuals who fail but have met all
other criteria will be provided with a date to rewrite the test a few
weeks later. Those who pass their test will be scheduled for a
Moreover, individuals who are currently waiting to see a citizenship
judge because they had previously failed the test will also be invited
to rewrite the test.
Minister Kenney also announced that all family members listed on one
application no longer need to be approved at the same time. Previously,
there were cases where all family members who had applied together were
held up in obtaining citizenship when only one family member had failed
a knowledge or language test. Successful applicants will now be
informed that they may have their applications processed independent of
other family members. As such, fewer people will need to wait for their
applications to be processed and can proceed directly to being granted
These changes means shorter wait times for some citizenship applicants.
In addition, with the increase in citizenship judges, there will be more
decisions on citizenship applications and more citizenship ceremonies.
Eight additional citizenship judges have been appointed since the
beginning of this year.
Under Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada announced an
investment of $44 million over two years to put toward improving
citizenship processing. These funds will enable CIC to better tackle
the growing demand for citizenship grants and proofs, and assist in
processing the existing inventory.
"We know that newcomers look forward to acquiring their Canadian
citizenship and we are committed to helping qualified applicants
acquire this privilege in a timely manner," said Minister Kenney.
"Together, these measures combined will result in faster processing of
For information on determining if you are eligible to apply for a grant
of Citizenship, please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/become-eligibility.asp.
For information on the official study guide for the citizenship test,
please visit: Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/discover.pdf
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