How To Become A Citizen

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Step 8 - Prepare for the Residence Questionnaire

Step 8 - Prepare for the Residence Questionnaire

After submitting your citizenship application, you might be asked to fill out a residence questionnaire (RQ). Not everyone gets asked to fill out an RQ. The RQ helps CIC determine whether or not you have lived in Canada for 4 of the 6 years before you applied for citizenship.

If you get asked to fill out an RQ, you will be asked to submit documents showing that you fulfilled the residency requirements. These documents might include things like travel documents and records, bills, school records, leases or pay stubs...etc. You can prepare for this in advance by collecting as much information about your stay in Canada as you can.

Note that if you get asked to fill out an RQ, your citizenship application is considered a "Non-Routine Citizenship Application" and may be delayed.



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