Virtual Citizenship Ceremony Procedure

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In case you haven’t heard, virtual citizenship ceremonies are happening in Calgary! Read more about what to prepare beforehand here: https://settlementcalgary.com/2020/07/20/virtual-citizenship-ceremonies-have-come-to-calgary/

Today, we will walk you through the virtual citizenship ceremony procedure step by step!

Spoiler alert! If you don’t wish to ruin the surprise for your own ceremony, stop reading now.

A few quick facts:
  • Your virtual oath-taking ceremony will be a 30-minute Zoom session;
  • You will be the only person taking the citizenship oath;
  • If your family members wish to join, they are welcome to squeeze in before the webcam.
Virtual Citizenship Ceremony Procedure
  1. Once you log into the Zoom session, please wait patiently for the IRCC Representative to let you in;
  2. the IRCC Representative will greet you and the Presiding Official will welcome you to the ceremony;
  3. The Clerk of Ceremony will ask you to raise your right hand, then you will be repeating the Oath of Citizenship after the Presiding Official. First in English, then in French;
  4. All officials will congratulate you on becoming a new Canadian;
  5. The IRCC Official will ask you to sign the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form;
  6. The officials will then congratulate you again and welcome you to the Canadian family.
During the video oath ceremony, you are required to do the following:
  • Remain respectful and dress appropriately for the video oath ceremony:
    • Wear formal suits, traditional or religious dresses;
    • Head coverings are okay, but do not wear a casual hat;
  • Sit in a quiet room or area with a plain background. You can keep seated the entire time, even during the oath taking;
  • Adjust your camera or computer so that your head and shoulders can be seen on screen;
  • If you use handheld devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.), make sure they are stable and don’t fall.
After the video oath ceremony:
  • Once you have signed the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form, e-mail it back within 2 days. You can choose to sign it on paper or electronically;
  • Once it is received, your paper citizenship certificate will be mailed out by regular mail and you receive it within 2 to 4 weeks. Once you receive your citizenship certificate, you can destroy the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form;
  • Once you receive your citizenship certificate in mail, you can then register for the Canoo app / Cultural Access Pass Program for New Canadians, and get free admission to over 1,400 museums, science centres, art galleries, parks, and historic sites across Canada!
  • Your citizenship certificate will show the date that you became a citizen. Keep it in a safe place.

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