CIC Citizenship Manual 6 – Prohibitions


Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Citizenship Manual 6 – Prohibitions (the “CIC Citizenship Prohibitions Manual“) does not appear on its website.  The CIC Citizenship Prohibitions Manual provides direction and guidance to citizenship officers concerning the prohibitions on granting citizenship for security and criminality clearance purposes.

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    Last updated on July 22nd, 2018

    Please note that what I have reproduced below should not be viewed as legal advice by CIC.  The reproduction of the material below has not occurred with the affiliation of the Government of Canada, nor with the endorsement of the Government of Canada. As well, given the nature of internal documents, some of the information may be out of date.

    The CIC Citizenship Prohibitions Manual is divided into parts as outlined below.

    Chapter 1 – What this Chapter is About

    Chapter 2 – Program Objectives

    Chapter 3 – The Act and Regulations

    Chapter 4 – Instruments and Delegation

    Chapter 5 – Department Policy

    • Clearance checks for citizenship applicants
    • When clearances are initiated
    • Clearance activities, sub-activities and status in GCMS
    • Clearances valid for up to
    • Correct clearance expiry dates should appear on the CARF and decision forms
    • Redoing RCMP clearance for a previous fingerprint hit
    • When new clearance needed
    • Requesting a new certificate
    • Urgent clearances
    • Splitting files where one applicant’s clearance is in process
    • Splitting files where the principle applicant’s security clearance is in process

    Chapter 6 – Definitions

    Chapter 7 – Immigration Clearance

    • Immigration clearance flow in GCMS
    • FOSS clearance sub-activities and status
    • Initial immigration clearance check
    • Final immigration clearance check
    • QRC verification
    • Follow-up required
    • Active immigration/CBSA file
    • Procedure if case referred to local citizenship office
    • Outstanding terms and conditions
    • Removal orders and stays of removal
    • Adverse information received after immigration cleared
    • Discrepancies in names or date of birth
    • Problem with date permanent residence obtained
    • Applicants under 11(1.1)
    • Voluntary relinquishment of permanent resident status
    • Residence
    • Evaluating residence when the applicant has lost permanent resident status

    Chapter 8 – Sharing Client Information Between Citizenship and Immigration Offices

    Chapter 9 – Criminal Clearance

    • Criminal clearance flow in GCMS
    • RCMP clearance sub-activites and status
    • Initial immigration clearance check
    • Fingerprints
    • If the applicant does not provide fingerprints

    Chapter 10 – Assessing Prohibitions

    • Types of offences
    • Hybrid offences
    • Section 22 prohibitions
    • Section 21 prohibition
    • Sentencing

    Chapter 11 – Young Offenders

    Chapter 12 –Security Clearances

    Chapter 13 – Section 29 Investigations

    Chapter 14 – Third Party Information Received Regarding an Application for Citizenship

    Appendix 1 – GCMS Procedures with Problem Clearances

    Appendix 2 – Information Required When Contacting Case Management Branch

    Appendix 3 – Sample Fingerprint-Attachment Letter

    Appendix 4 – Sample Letter for Refusal to Grant / Administer the Oath

    Appendix 5 – Criminal Justice Process: Adult

    Appendix 6 – Criminal Justice Process: Youth

    Appendix 7 – Definitions

    Appendix 8 – Charges and Offences

    Appendix 9 – Sentencing

    Appendix 10 – List of Abbreviations used in Court Documents

    Appendix 11 – Citizenship Applicants with Hybrid (dual/crown elect) offences

    Appendix 12 – Urgent guidelines on processing criminal and security clearances

    Appendix 13 – Finalizing immigration clearances sent to the Query Response Centre (QRC) 

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