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Online Canadian Citizenship tests, interviews, and ceremonies

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May 9, 2020

Dear Honorable Marco Mendicino
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Re: Establishing an online platform for the Canadian citizenship test and ceremony

The prolonged process of granting Canadian citizenship for many permanent residents has been exacerbated since imposing restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Although we believe that protecting Canadians safety is above all priorities at this difficult time, we also believe that the Federal Government can find a way to hold citizenship tests and ceremonies without compromising public safety. Some of us applied for Canadian citizenship as early as 2018 and still have not been invited for the citizenship test and interview. Some of us have already passed the citizenship test and was waiting for taking the Oath of Citizenship at a citizenship ceremony as the final step to becoming a Canadian citizen but all onsite tests and ceremonies have been cancelled since mid-March 2020. This uncertainty creates a very stressful situation for hundreds of thousands of applicants who are seeking citizenship. At present, this is an extra burden on our mental health in addition to fear of the virus itself.


With no light at the end of the coronavirus pandemic tunnel, and constant extension of the social gathering restrictions all over the country, we are humbly requesting that the Government of Canada and the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship take the following actions:


1- Establishing online Canadian citizenship tests and interviews
2- Establishing online citizenship ceremony for taking the Oath of Citizenship
3- Get back to the goal of processing the citizenship application within 12 months
4- Ensure that those who are waiting for their applications to be processed are provided with updates not only on a process basis but a time basis (at scheduled intervals).


As you know, some countries such as Australia have already initiated online citizenship tests and ceremonies during the coronavirus restrictions. We hope that our requests are received with the good intention that they are sent with. We, the undersigned, permanent residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to ensure online citizenship tests, interviews, and ceremonies. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely



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