If you have included, with your application, all the necessary documents and the correct application fee,
If you satisfy the residency requirement,
If you are not subject to any immigration, security and criminal prohibitions,
If you pass the citizenship test,
If it is established that you do not need an interview with a citizenship judge,
- your application can be considered a
"routine application". In such case, the waiting times are as follows:

logocanminiSTEP 1
The Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney reviews your application to make sure it meets the minimum processing requirements and that the appropriate fee payment is included. If so, you will receive an acknowledgement letter. If not, your application will be returned to you.

This step will be completed in approximately
two (2) months from the time your application is received at the CPC.

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The CPC completes a review of your application to make sure you meet all processing requirements and have included the required documents.


This step will be completed in approximately four (4) months from the time you receive your acknowledgement letter.

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If your application is complete, the CPC will send it to the CIC office nearest to your home for further processing. The CIC office completes the steps necessary for a citizenship judge to make a decision on your application.


This step will be completed in approximately eight (8) to ten (10) months from the time you receive your acknowledgement letter.

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If you meet all the requirements for citizenship, we will notify you by mail of the time and place of your citizenship ceremony.

This step will be completed in approximately
ten (10) to thirteen (13) months from the time you receive your acknowledgement letter.


Therefore, the total processing time varies between 10 and 13 months.