The final bits of paperwork

About a month ago, I sent in Alex’s Canadian Citizenship paperwork – finally.  It was postponed for so many reasons since November (the earliest we could apply): H1N1, Christmas, moving, address changes etc., – but it’s done now.  I keep checking the mail for the confirmation letter to know that it was received, but  nothing. 

So I looked up the wait times online:

 Step 1 : The Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney reviews our application to make sure it meets the minimum processing requirements and that the appropriate fee payment is included. Once received and if everything is in order, an acknowledgement letter will be sent.   This step can take 5 months.

 Step 2: The CPC completes a review of our application to make sure you meet all processing requirements and have included the required documents.  Once this done, we can check the citizenship application status online.  This step can take yet another month, so up to 6 months from appliacation sent

Step 3:  If our application is complete, the CPC will send it to the CIC office nearest to our home for further processing. The CIC office completes the steps necessary for a citizenship judge to make a decision on our application.  This step will be completed in approximately 9 to 12 months from the time our application was initially received in step 1.

 Step 4:  If we meet all the requirements for citizenship, they will notify us by mail of the time and place of your citizenship ceremony.   This step will be completed in approximately 13 to 16 months from the time our application was received in step 1.  

In other words it might take yet another 4 months to hear anything.  So I won’t be rushing out to check the mail daily any more 🙂

On the citizenship note, we applied for Alex through the naturalization process, rather than the normal citizenship route.  We did this because in April 2009, the law changed to limit citizenship by descent to one generation born outside Canada. So in other words, under thew new rules, if Alex moves outside of Canada, to say, Chicago, to marry Olive, and they have a child (wouldn’t he or she be cute?!), then that child would not automatically have Canadian Citizenship like any other child would.  So, by applying through the naturalization process, we don’t have to worry about that.  So until citizenship is received, Alex will continue using his Korean passport – like for our trip to BOSTON this summer!!

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13 responses

  1. Wow–that is a long wait for the paperwork! I love your example of Olive and Alex…yes, they would have cute babies! 🙂

  2. We are 9 1/2 months into the process and are still impatiently waiting for the next step. Checking the online status is not very helpful. All ours says is that our app was received. Thanks a lot that is what our letter we got 4 months ago said. LOL!
    Glad you got your paperwork done! You must be excited about your trip to the States! Hopefully you will have a shorter wait time at customs to fill out paperwork than we did.

    Love the pic of Alex! He is getting so big!

  3. How ironic that you posted this today, since I’m about to blow from our paperwork issues! 😉

    BOOOOOOO that it takes so long….

    YAAAAAAYYYYYY for Boston! I’ve been thinking of some good things for you guys while you are here. I’m hoping that I’ll get to email you while in Chicago (since I won’t have to clean, etc)

  4. We sent our paperwork in February and thought we would have Xander’s citizenship by the summer – YEAH RIGHT! Hopefully by next summer?!?!? Until then we have to get a new U.S. visa every three months to cross the border sucessfully.

  5. We are in the same situation as Karen and Kevin. Frustrating wait!! We had heard of some families who waited less time than the above noted ones, so we can still hope it is quicker. Seriously, how can it take so long when our children came to Canada at 7-9 months of age?? What history is there to investigate?

  6. Wow, what a long process. It can be so frustrating sometimes.

    I’d love to see Olive and Alex marry, how cute would that be?!

  7. FYI… when we tried to take Paige to the USA with her Chinese passport (when she was a baby), we were denied. We had to drive to Toronto (and wait many hours in line) to get a travel visa for her to cross the boarder. Have you taken Alex over the boarder yet? Good luck! Boston is awesome! 🙂

  8. Although we live in different countries, I understand this post completely. I applied for Jaden’s Certificate of Citizenship in March and have not heard word one from the immigration office since then. Wait times are incredibly long for this step in the paperwork process. Good luck with your wait — I agree that it is worth it!

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