How Do I Apply for A Canadian Passport?

Canada among many other countries makes use of ePassport which is issued to Canadian citizens. An e-Passport like the Canadian passport is a 36-page book that has a data chip in it. It contains basic information about, which can be used to identify a traveler.

When you travel across countries, as a citizen of Canada, you are required to have your passport with you as a means of identification. Before you are allowed into a country, you will be required to provide your passport which will be scanned to determine your identity.

According to Montreal-based financial firm Arton Capital’s Global Passport Index, the Canadian passport is valued as the 10th best in the world.

With a Canadian passport, you can visit over 114 different countries without a visa.

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What are the benefits of having a Canadian passport?

  • To help identify you and reduce fraud or identity theft.
  • A Canadian passport is used to identify Canadian citizens anywhere in the world
  • An e-Passport helps to uniquely identify a person’s country of origin, which country a traveler is coming from, and where they are going.
  • Enhanced Privacy protection
  • Ease of handling entry and exit at border controls with automated passport readers.

Requirement and Documents Needed to Apply for a Canadian Passport

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship
  • A valid document that authenticates your identity
  • Two identical passport photograph
  • A valid and recent Canadian travel document issued to you in your name.
  • Your application form signed within the past 12 months and duly certified by a guarantor.
  • Additional documents may be required (Such as language test score) in their original copies, and those not written in English or French will be submitted along with a proper translation.

Steps To Get Your Own Canadian Passport

To apply for a Canadian passport, you must be 16 years and above, and a Canadian citizen. Parents or guardians may apply for their young children. Here a few steps to apply with

  • Download or get the Application form from IRCC official website, or the Passport office directly.
  • Fill out the form correctly and sign each page of the application form.
  • Attach all documents that are vital along with the form, especially the 2 identical passport photographs.
  • Get a guarantor and 2 references that will help confirm your identity.
  • Your guarantor can be:
  • Anyone who has known you for at least 2 years;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen above 18 years;
  • Should have a valid Canadian passport, or at least have a passport that has not expired for more than a year.
  • Submit your application to the appropriate Passport office or portal, and pay all the required fees.
  • Pick up your new passport.
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