Record long waiting times for Canadian CitizenshipPermanent residents who applied for Canadian citizenship are experiencing record long waiting times for processing their applications.
According to CIC website the total processing time from the receipt of your application to the Canadian citizenship ceremony is approximately 21 months, based on 80% of the applications from July 2011to June 2012, but many permanent residents a reporting that they are waiting more than 2 years already. However, if you are experiencing longer waiting time than 21 months you can contact them, but that will not speed up your application. This is a problem for permanent residents because they have to renew their permanent resident cards, if they plan to travel which will cost an additional 50$. The government extended the period first from 12 to 18 months and now to 21 months.