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My Canadian Immigration Timeline (Permanent Residence and Citizenship)

My very first entry stamp on my old French passport
My very first entry stamp on my old French passport

This is my immigration timeline for both the permanent residence and the citizenship process.

Note that I was very lucky, my application was processed extremely fast, which is unusual.

CIC publishes current application processing times on its website.

  • March to April 2005: Prepared the application, filled out the forms and gathered all the documents.
  • April 19, 2005: Took the medical exam in Ottawa at the CIC-approved University of Ottawa Health Services (with Dr. Vincent F.G. Nadon).
  • May 19, 2005: Sent the application to Mississauga, Ontario.
  • June 13, 2005: The application was sent back because it was not clear whether I was living in Canada or in France. Just a small bump on the road…
  • June 18, 2005: Amended my application and sent it back.
  • July 7, 2005: Sent our marriage certificate that was originally missing (getting it from Thunder Bay took months!).
  • June 30, 2005: Received the first acknowledgement letter: Feng is eligible to sponsor me.
  • August 5, 2005: My application is forwarded to the Canadian embassy in Paris.
  • September 27, 2005: The Canadian embassy in Paris acknowledges receipt of my application.
  • October 20, 2005: “Decision made”, my application is approved and I am granted permanent resident status.
  • November 17, 2005: Five days before the expiration of my one-year Working Holiday Visa, I became a landed immigrant. I had to travel to Prescott, U.S.A. in order to become a landed immigrant.
  • August 5, 2008: I am eligible to apply for citizenship. I sent my application.
  • November 12, 2008: I receive the acknowledgement letter.
  • June 11, 2009: I took the citizenship test in Ottawa.
  • July 3, 2009: I took the oath of citizenship and became Canadian around 12:30 p.m.