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Posted - 05/02/2013 :  12:55:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey There,

can anyone please help me prepare for the interview with the judge?

if anyone can please share their experience?

That might help with my preperations.



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Posted - 05/06/2013 :  16:30:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thanks for sharing your situation and questions with us.

We can appreciate that you would be a little anxious about this process.

According to the CP 4 - Grants manual, there are several reasons why an interview with a Citizenship Judge can be requested. This information may help you determine what may be asked.

Here are some excerpts,

"7.6 Language, knowledge requirements


Applicants for a grant of Canadian citizenship must have an adequate knowledge of either English or French. This means being able to communicate in everyday situations, such as shopping, using public transport, understanding simple questions, and conveying information reliably.

Literacy not required

Applicants do not have to be literate.


Applicants for a grant of citizenship must show that they have an adequate knowledge of Canada and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The citizenship test asks questions about voting, Canada's history, geography, and government; and about the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. All questions are based on the study guide A Look at Canada."

Here is another excerpt,

"7.9 Language assessment


CIC officials confirm some of the basic information on the application for citizenship with the client at the time of testing. Where there is an indication that the applicant does not comprehend basic spoken statements and/or questions, this information is to be passed on to the citizenship judge.

The judge may then take this information into consideration when determining whether the applicant meets the language requirement pursuant to paragraph 5(1)(d) of the Citizenship Act."


8.3 Purpose

The oral interview for applicants assesses the applicant’s ability to communicate in English or French, and the applicant’s knowledge of Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

8.5 Interview is a new test

If the applicant has already taken the written test, the oral interview is a new test of the applicant's language and knowledge capabilities."

Regarding your question,

and most important i want to go inside with her as translator,

According to the CP 4 - Grants manual, language interpreters may not be used during the assessment of a client’s ability to speak one of the official languages.

If you have any additional questions you may want to contact the CIC Call Centre directly.

If you would like to know more about what kinds of questions will be asked in the interview, you can read some of our previous threads.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS

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