Citizenship Services

New citizenship rules

Applications for citizenship certificates are pre-screened before being sent to the Case Processing Center (CPC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The processing time may take up to 14 months for a routine application.

Citizenship certificates will no longer be available for pick-up at the Embassy of Canada in Manila. Once the Embassy receives your citizenship certificate from the Case Processing Center (CPC), it will be sent directly to your local mailing address via DHL-Collect. If a Canadian mailing address was provided on the application form, CPC will send the citizenship certificate directly to the Canadian mailing address.

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 at

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