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e-3994 (Citizenship and immigration)

Initiated by Hassan Murad from Brampton, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

  • Applicants for many processes and documents at IRCC, including citizenship applications and PR cards, face prolonged delays in processing;
  • Eligible applicants who applied for Canadian citizenship in 2019-20 are still waiting for their applications to be processed, leaving them and their friends and relatives affected by the delays;
  • Many have received no response or details from IRCC on the status of their application or expected timelines, which prevents them from being able to plan important and critical life decisions;
  • Many applicants who are facing long delays in processing are missing out on opportunities, despite being eligible and having applied for citizenship, because their application is in process for two or more years; and
  • Many applicants have missed or are missing important family events, because they are at some stage of citizenship application and the email for the next step can come any time.
We, the undersigned, applicants waiting on citizenship application or their friends and relatives affected by the delays, call upon the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to:
1. Increase staffing and resources at IRCC in order to address the backlog of outstanding applications for citizenship that were submitted in 2019 and 2020;
2. Provide clear status and concise expected timelines to applicants so that they can make decisions and plans accordingly, in order to address the ambiguity of getting an email for test or oath ceremony at any time; and
3. In case of unreasonable delay, have IRCC provide the reason to the applicant, clear steps to mitigate the delay and ensure that the applicants' PR card can be received promptly in order to ensure that they have a valid travel and identification document.
Open for signature
May 5, 2022, at 4:18 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 4, 2022, at 4:18 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East)
June 13, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00557)
Photo - Jenny Kwan
Vancouver East
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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