Canada: IRCC Resumes Canadian Citizenship Tests Online
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- IRCC resumed online citizenship tests after eight-month suspension
- The initial pilot phase will include 5,000 high priority and pre-pandemic applications
- The test will be extended to more candidates in 2021 if the pilot phase is successful
- The online test will be the same as the in-person test
- Applicants must provide photo ID and personal ID to take the test
After suspending citizenship testing for eight months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) resumed citizenship testing through a virtual platform.
What are the changes?
IRCC is preliminary testing the platform using a small group of 5,000 applications. IRCC is using applications filed before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and other priority cases.
Who is affected?
IRCC will gradually expand its online services to more applicants if the initial pilot program is successful. Individuals will be invited to use the platform from 2021.
What do employers and applicants need to know?
Applicants must confirm their identity before they can begin the citizenship test. They must provide photo ID and supporting documents via webcam to the interviewer. Applicants will have additional photos taken during citizenship to confirm their identity. The online version of the test is identical to the in-person test. The citizenship test consists of 20 questions which applicants have 30 minutes to answer.
Originally posted December 3, 2020
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