What happens if my citizenship test or ceremony was cancelled because of COVID 19?

Citizenship tests and ceremonies have been affected by COVID-19.

Citizenship tests

To become a Canadian citizen, everyone between the ages of 18 to 54 must pass a test. The test is just one part of applying to become a citizen. There are other rules about who is eligible.

Many citizenship tests were cancelled because of COVID-19. On November 26, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) set up a pilot project to offer some citizenship tests online.

If your test was cancelled or you're waiting for one to be scheduled, IRCC may invite you to write the test online. They'll contact you or your legal representative.

So, it's important to make sure that IRCC has your correct contact information. You can update your information using the IRCC web form.

If IRCC contacts you, you have 21 days to choose a time that works for you to take the test online.

You can wait to take the test in-person if you don't want to do it online. But it's not clear when IRCC will start doing in-person citizenship tests again.

Details about the test

The format of the test is the same online as in-person.

You have 30 minutes to answer 20 questions. The test includes multiple choice and true or false questions. To pass the test, you have to answer 15 questions correctly.

You must do the test in English or French.

If you think that taking this test will be difficult for you, there's more information in Can I become a citizen if I can’t pass the citizenship test?

If you need to change the date of your test, contact the IRCC office that invited you to write the test.

What you need to take the test online

You must be in Canada.

And you'll also need:

  • a webcam on your desktop, laptop, or tablet
  • a stable internet connection
  • a Chrome or Safari web browser
  • a private space where you can write the test without anyone distracting you

You cannot take the test using a cell phone.

Before the test, make sure that your device and webcam are working.

On the day of your test, IRCC will ask you to confirm who you are. You'll have to take a photo of yourself and your identity documents with your webcam before the test can begin.

IRCC's online test system takes webcam photos of you during the test.

There's more information about taking the test on the Government of Canada website.

Getting ready for the test

IRCC has a study guide that you can read, listen to, or download.

Citizenship ceremonies

After you pass your test, IRCC will invite you to a citizenship ceremony where you become a Canadian citizen.

IRCC has cancelled all in-person citizenship ceremonies. Instead, you'll have to wait for IRCC to contact you so you can take the Oath of Citizenship by video.

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