Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Canadian passport for new citizens

This post is long overdue, I got my passport more than a month ago :) But is never late to share some of the information, specially if you are looking for it! To get the Canadian passport is way easier than to get the Venezuelan! xD

For a Canadian adult, this is what you will need:
  • Two identical passport photos taken in the last 12 months. Go to one of those places that specifically say they take passport pictures, as they know what they are doing. They will stamp some information behind the pictures, like the place and the date the photo was taken (necessary!).
  • This application form completed. Both the application form and one of the pictures, signed behind by your guarantor.
  • Proof of your canadian citinzenship. This is your citinzenship card they gave you the day of the ceremony!
  • Documents to support your identity. Driver's license, other passport, health card, any of them work.
  • The fees! $87. They can be paid by credit card or debit card at the office if you are going. Or fill out the credit card information on the form if you are sending your papers.
The application form explains really well everything you need to know about the papers. These are the questions that I've seen asked or I had to ask myself:
  • How long does it take? Officially it takes around 10 days if you go to the offices. More if you go to a certified "partner" like some Canada Post. Mine took less than that, around a week.
  • Do I have to pick it up? If you don't have special circunstances (like paying for the express service), they send it to you (signature required) and is included in the price.
  • Who can be your guarantor? The application form says among other things "hold a five-year Canadian passport that is valid or has been expired for less than one year on the day you submit your application". The guarantor doesn't have to have had the passport for 5 years! They may have it for a week or a day, it doesn't matter! But the passport has to be a 5 year validity passport!
  • In the section 4.C, the date of issue of the certificate of canadian citizenship. Is the date that the little card says, not the date you got the citinzenship!
  • How long do I have to wait in line if I go to the office? I was there around half an hour before the opening time and was out about an hour later!
Hopes this help a little! Enjoy getting your passport!


life-is-what-u-make-of-it said...

I have been successful in so many aspects of life and have accomplished much. I know that I could do so much more if I want to, but for the most part I find myself thinking ‘I don’t want to”.
I put it down to thoroughly enjoying the journey of life, and not fixating on one destination. I want to (and have) experienced so much that I resist pursuing one goal with any passion or enthusiasm. Living MY life is my passion, and perhaps that is where I am most successful.
Thanks for getting me thinking on this, and Many thanks for bringing up the topic.

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Well, if you have an adult passport that is still valid or expired less than a year, you may be eligible to use the simplified renewal process for a new passport.
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