Hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizenship hopefuls waiting for applications to be processed

While immigration has started to recover from COVID lows, citizenship has largely not: less than 9,000 January-March 2021 compared to 61,000 for the same quarter in 2020:

In March 2020, Minakshi thought her journey to Canadian citizenship was coming to a close, as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada set a date for her test.

Then the world changed before her eyes on March 11, exactly a week before her scheduled citizenship exam, as the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

The IRCC cancelled all tests, including hers, except for what it called a few “urgent” exams, held virtually.

“It does look like there’s some promising signs of spring ahead,” Sharma said, referring to the online testing process flowing more smoothly now.

But it is little comfort for Minakshi: “If I get the fourth fingerprint request next year, I’m going to withdraw my file,” she said.

Source: Hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizenship hopefuls waiting for applications to be processed

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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