After eight months of waiting, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is resuming Canadian citizenship tests and for the first time ever, they will be conducting them online.
After facing indefinite delays for citizenship tests to resume, IRCC is launching a new platform to deliver the test online.
Online Canadian citizenship tests
The Nov. 26 IRCC announcement will be welcome news to the thousands who have been waiting since March 14, 2020, to take their citizenship test. The tests were stopped in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although virtual citizenship ceremonies did take place in the months since the pandemic started, citizenship tests and interviews were not available.
Only candidates who had their citizenship test cancelled since March 14, or those who are on the waiting list, will be eligible for this new online version. CBC News reports this number is approximately 5,000 people.
Added security measures
Since this the first time IRCC is conducting Canadian citizenship tests online, there are additional security measures to confirm test-takers identities.
Candidates will be asked personal questions prior to the test to verify their identity. They will need to provide photos of themselves and their ID documents via a webcam. That webcam will then take pictures of them during the test to ensure the test-taker is the one who is answering the questions.
What the Canadian citizenship test is and who needs to take it
The Canadian citizenship test is a 30-minute questionnaire. The test comprises of a series of 20 questions about the rights and responsibilities of Canadians. The test includes questions on Canada’s history, geography, economy, laws, and politics.
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