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What can I expect from the Citizenship Judge? 

maditza85
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Posted On: 1/20/2016
maditza85
maditza85
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Hi guys,

I passed my citizenship test and now, 1 year later I got a letter for an interview with a citizenship judge. I think the problem is my traveling.

What can I expect? Is he still gonna ask me about Canada's history?

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Posted On: 1/20/2016
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Hi There,

Thanks for sharing your question and situation with us. We can appreciate that this is a confusing situation.

There may be a few different reasons for your interview with the judge. According to the Government of Canada website:

All adult grant applicants undergo a Program integrity (PI) interview with a citizenship official, usually as part of their written test session. Adult applicants who are not required to meet the language or knowledge requirement are also interviewed.

The purpose of the interview is to verify the applicant’s identity, authenticate photocopies of documents on file with originals that are presented at the interview, and obtain information to determine if the requirements for a grant of citizenship have been met, including screening for language ability, if applicable.

For most applicants, the next face-to-face interaction with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is during their citizenship ceremony. However, some applicants are asked to appear for an in-depth residence interview and/or a hearing with either a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge.

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Citizenship officers can conduct in-depth residence interviews with all applicants where, based on the initial PI interview and all information on file to date, there is an indication that residence/physical presence concerns continue to exist. These interviews may be conducted by any means (in person, where practical, by telephone or by videoconference). Further interviews should be conducted only when specific evidence submitted by an applicant requires further clarification. Interviews should not be conducted when the decision maker is seeking only to confirm facts or evidence prior to making a final decision. Once the interview has been conducted,

-if the officer is satisfied that the applicant has met the residence/physical presence requirement and all other requirements, they may grant citizenship; or

-if the officer is still not satisfied that the applicant has met the residence/physical presence requirement, they will refer the application to a citizenship judge for decision. The citizenship judge may make a decision based on the evidence on file or may request a hearing be scheduled. A long File Preparation and Analysis Template (FPAT) [CIT 0509] must be completed for these cases. Refer to Referring applications to a citizenship judge.


Now, depending on when your application was recieved for Citizenship (not the testing date but original application to take the test), there are different reasons why a judge may be involved according to the CIC website:


For applications received before June 11, 2015

-The applicant is a permanent resident.
-The applicant has accumulated at least 3 years (1095 days) of residence in the 4 years immediately before the date of their application.

For applications received on or after June 11, 2015

-The applicant has been physically present in Canada for at least 4 years (1460 days) during the 6 years immediately before the date of their application.
-The applicant has been physically present in Canada for at least 183 days during each of 4 calendar years that are fully or partially within the 6 years immediately before the date of their application.


You may want to contact the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Call Centre for more information and the to confirm the information provided above.

Some of our users may also be able to share their experience with you.

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.

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Theresa
Information & Referral Specialist, CIRS
Your Settlement.Org Team
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