Citizenship ceremonies have been postponed until the end of the pandemic, affecting the status of hundreds of citizens to-be.
Kitchener Immigration lawyer, Jennifer Roggemann says the delay in getting a permanent residency card can lead to some complications for applicants.
"Lot of the provincial and municipal identification is relying on the permanent resident card, so you may not be able to renew your driver's license, you my not by able to renew your Ontario health insurance so you don't want to be caught offguard on that."
Roggemann says people got a last minute notice earlier in the week, letting them know that all ceremonies and in-person interviews have been cancelled.
"So it's not just the ctizenship test and the citizenship ceremony, but also permanent resident landing, and all the interviews that have been put on hold -- we just didn't know how long and we are into week ten and we just don't know when it's going to end."
She says some permanent residency interviews are being done virtually, but at this time, citizenship ceremonies can only be held in person.
As for naturalization, Roggemann says those waiting to become citizens should appreciate the need to postpone the ceremony, and just wait patiently for the end of the pandemic.