Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies
To keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, most citizenship events have been cancelled. Now, IRCC is inviting some applicants to attend a video oath ceremony (citizenship ceremony).
If you have successfully completed a citizenship application and you’re waiting to hear about your ceremony, you should check your phone and email. If you provided an email address, you will receive an email from a Case Processing Agent with instructions to participate in your virtual Oath Ceremony.
How should I prepare for my virtual citizenship ceremony?
You will receive a “Notice to Appear” email from a Case Processing Agent that asks you to take your Oath of Citizenship by video.
The email will contain a date and time for the virtual ceremony. The ceremony will take place over a Zoom call, during which you will recite the Oath of Citizenship.
What do I need for my virtual citizenship ceremony?
You will be asked to have certain documents on hand for the ceremony. This includes:
Your Permanent Resident card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence
→ You will be asked to cut up the Permanent Resident card on-screen during the
Record of Landing, if you became a permanent resident before June 28, 2002
2 pieces of personal ID: one piece of ID must have your photograph and signature on it, (e.g. driver’s license, health card, etc.)
A printed, unsigned copy of the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form and a pen
→ This will be sent to you by the Case Processing Agent; it will be attached to the
→ You must sign the form on-screen, during the ceremony
What will happen during the ceremony?
The virtual Oath ceremony will last approximately one hour, this includes registration, the video oath ceremony itself and post-ceremony instructions.
An official and Clerk of the Ceremony from IRCC will oversee the video ceremony and administer the oath.
During the ceremony, you will also validate your address with the Clerk of the ceremony so that they can send you your citizenship certificate.
What happens after the ceremony?
Once you have signed the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form (on paper or electronically), you must e-mail it to the Case Processing Agent immediately. If you printed and signed the form, you will need to scan the signed copy and email it in.
Once they have received your signed Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form, you will be sent your paper citizenship certificate by regular mail within 2 to 4 weeks.
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