*Do not send any original documents! None of your documents will be returned to you! Photocopy.
- Read your cover letter closely to see if there is any indication of why you may have received the RQ. This is unlikely, but good to check for.
- Read the instructions on the RQ form itself very carefully.
- Call the CIC helpline at 1-888-242-2100 for any clarifications. Write down the agent’s name and the date on a sheet paper. You may also request the agents 4 digit number.
- Calculate 45 days from the date on your RQ cover letter.
- Request Records of Movement (information regarding border crossings) from any country where you have a passport.
- Request your CIC files to verify that they entered all your information correctly and see if there’s any information indicating their specific concerns about your application. This will take about 30 days to be processed.
- Find Rental records or mortage receipts. If you lived in shared housing and your name is not on the lease, include a copy of the lease with your roommate’s name and have your roommate to write a letter stating when you lived at the address in question and the monthly rent you paid. If at all possible, have them visit a commissioner of oaths or notary to certify that this letter is truthful. Housing records are some of the strongest evidence in RQ cases.
- Locate documentation of any employment during the four year period preceding your application for citizenship. Employment records are some of the strongest evidence of residency. If you were a student, retired, or a stay-at-home parent, list yourself as “student”, “homemaker” or “retired” in the space provided rather than leaving it blank.
- Request medical records from the provinces where you have lived. This will take 14-60 days.
- Reconstruct and verify your travel history;
a. Triple check all passport stamps
b. Search date ranges in old email files for emails to family or friends about your travel plans.
c. Search date ranges in old email files for receipts of car rentals, plane or train tickets.
d. Search any old personal date books or calendars your have from past years.
e. Search any online calendars you have for past years.
f. If you have been in a relationship for some or all of your time in Canada, search their records as well.
- Remember to photocopy your complete application for you records before you send it.
- In the all-too-likely event that you cannot provide all documentation within the prescribed 45 days, send what you have with a cover letter indicating your Client ID and listing your outstanding documents. Send the rest when you get it.
- Always make sure you get a tracking number, delivery confirmation and insurance to cover re-photocopying everything or replacing transcripts or original documents. Do not send documents like a regular letter.
- After you have sent all your documentation, contact your MP and tell them how frustrated you are by the poor administration of the RQ process. After you feel you have been waiting for awhile, ask them to inquire about the status of your citizenship application. Some information about the processing of your application may only be shared with you through the intercession of your MP. It is your MP’s duty to advocate for you regardless of their political party and your current lack of citizenship.