IRCC will continue to hold virtual citizenship ceremonies

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According to the Government of Canada’s response to the petition on citizenship ceremonies, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is considering an online tool for self-administered Oath of Citizenship. The analysis is underway, considering client experience, process integrity, and preserving the importance of citizenship ceremonies. 

Video ceremonies introduced in 2020 due to COVID-19 have helped reduce processing times and increased monthly oath-taking. These allow participation from rural areas and accommodate larger groups. Between January and September 2023, 276,540 new citizens were made, exceeding pre-COVID levels. Ceremonies are scheduled considering operational demands, official availability, and venue suitability. IRCC is working towards a 12-month service standard for granting citizenship.

If you are applying for citizenship, you must be a permanent resident (PR) in Canada, regardless of your age.

This implies that you must not:

  • be under investigation for immigration or fraud.
  • be asked to leave Canada by Canadian officials (removal order).
  • have unfulfilled conditions relating to your PR status, such as medical screening.

Before applying for citizenship, review the documents you received when you became a permanent resident to ensure your eligibility.

Canada strengthens its commitments and collaborations at the Global Refugee Forum

On December 15, 2023, Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), attended the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, endorsing pledges for global refugee solutions. He announced $21 million for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist Afghan populations in Central Asia and Pakistan. This funding will assist these countries in assisting the refugees. 

Over the next three years, Canada intends to resettle over 136,000 refugees, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTQI+ communities, Rohingya refugees, and human rights defenders. Canada is committed to expanding refugee labor and education pathways and has co-sponsored the Securing Sustainable Futures mega-pledge for refugee education. 

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