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Citizenship Services

New citizenship rules

Applications for citizenship certificates are pre-screened at our office before being sent to the Case Processing Center (CPC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  The processing time may take up to 12 months for a routine application.  

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you provide your complete mailing address and current contact details when submitting an application.  Any change of address or telephone number should be advised immediately by email (  Once the High Commission receives your citizenship certificate from the Case Processing Center (CPC), it will be sent directly to your local mailing address by traceable mail.  If a Canadian mailing address was provided on the application form, CPC will send the citizenship certificate directly to the Canadian mailing address.

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