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On becoming a Canadian citizen you will receive a citizenship certificate, which is a small card that proves you are now a Canadian citizen. You need to keep your citizenship card safe because you will need it to apply for a Canadian Passport, SIN card, Get a job and vote in federal elections.

If you feel you want to read more about replacing a Canadian Citizenship Card, check out the Canadian Government website, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

do I need to renew my childs photo on citizenship card?

You do not need to renew the citizenship certificate ever.

I need to add my English name and my married name to my Canadian Citizenship certificate. What do I need to do? Do I follow the same steps to apply for a citizenship certificate and pay $75?

You need to replace your citizenship card. But you will need to show that you are the same person so you will need to provide your legal name change (if applicable) and your marriage certificate.

If a person loses a citizenship card or it is stolen, does a replacement card have the same number as the original?

No, the number changes.

Lost my canadian citizen certificate and card years ago. Need to replace them. How do I do this?

You need to apply for a replacement citizenship certificate. Read more here.

My citizenship card is damaged how do I replace it?

The citizenship card has been phased out and replaced by a citizenship certificate – a letter-sized document with additional security features. You can learn more here.

does fathers name have to be on birth certificate of a child born abroad to apply/become canada citizen

If you are the Canadian citizen, not the father, then no, his name does not need to be on the birth certificate to apply for proof of Canadian citizenship for your child.


I have the small card-size Certificate of Canadian Citizenship with my photo on it. I’ve had it for forty years and owing to much travel in tropical areas, it is getting quite worn.Can it be replaced. I have all the other documentation including the large certificate that doesn’t have a photograph. Can this card-sized certificate be replaced? I do have an up-to-date Canadian Passport.

You can indeed replace it, however you will not be getting the wallet-sized card any more. You will instead be getting a letter-sized certificate.

You don’t need to carry this new certificate with you at all. You only need it to renew your passport (if you wait longer than a year to renew the passport after it expired, you will need, otherwise you can just use the old passport) and a few other things – you might need it to claim OAS, that kind of thing.

can i apply for replace of proof of citizenship in canada if i was born in greece?i will be in canada soon i can wait that long that it takes from greece..thank you

You can apply from anywhere, but you should be careful because the processing time for a Canadian citizenship certificate is quite long, and if you apply from within Canada, you will expected to provide a Canadian address for the delivery of the certificate.

Also, make sure you bring everything you need to apply when you travel.

how long it will take for an urgent processing for a citizenship certificate?

It will take somewhere around four weeks at this moment. Maybe a little faster if you are lucky.

I am a dual citizen born in Canada and naturalized in the United States – can my US born children get Canadian citizenship?

Your children are already Canadian citizens, but you will need to apply for proof – citizenship certificates. In order to do so, you will need your own birth certificate and the long-form birth certificates of your children (showing you as the parent). You will also need photo IDs.

Read more here.

I have become a Canadian citizen since 2001, currently living abroad, my citizenship card which was given to me during the ceremony is not stolen or destroyed however, my personal data (name, DOB, etc.) faded and hardly readable. Can you advice me of what to do as I don’t wish to encounter problems whenever I return to canada or it is time to renew my passport etc.

You will need to replace the card with a citizenship certificate. You will need to provide some IDs in order to get it approved. You should do this before renewing your Canadian passport as you will need the legible certificate to get the passport.

Read more here.

My friend is living in the US now. He sent his documents and the citizenship certificate to me so I can be his Guarantor. Can I send his application for him by mail to Gatineau?

Provided everything is filled out correctly, I don’t see why not.

i have a old citizenship card and it has my name wrong.i live at greece and i need to change it so i can move to canada to work..what is the faster way to change it and how long will it take?thank you

You will have to replace it with the new citizenship certificate. You will need to contact your local diplomatic mission:

And apply through them.

lost my citizenship card. how do i renew it? and where do i go?

You need to replace it with a citizenship certificate as the card’s are no longer issued. You need to print off the forms from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, complete them and add the required documentation, and mail the forms and the documentation to the appropriate office:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Case Processing Centre—Proof
P.O. Box 10000
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 7C1

There is no way to submit this application in person.

Good Morning, I would like to know what my daughter can do to move to Canada with her family as quick as possible. She is a Canadian Citizen but on her citizenship card her name is spelt Tatiana Sitheris and on her Greek papers her name is spelt Tatiana Sideris ( Δ-D) pronounced “th” in Greek. Because of this she is having trouble getting a passport. She would like to move to Canada with her three childre, two of whom are eligible for Canadian citizenship as they were born before 2009. What can she do to hurry up the process if there is anyway. She is going to go to Fort St. John, BC where her brother is already there.

The safest thing to do would be to attempt to correct the spelling of her name on her Canadian citizenship certificate first, then apply for the Canadian passport.  However, this will take a really long time and you will have to submit the application to the Canadian embassy in Greece.

If you would like assistance with this, please email us at We have successfully solved many “lost Canadian” cases over the years.

i am assuming my husband’s last name. I am not legally changing it. What do i need to do to reflect this change on my citizenship card?

If you are not legally changing your name, you do not need to change it on your citizenship card unless you want to change your name on your passport as well (but this implies that you actually want to legally change it).

Hello I am confussed about the whole canadian certificate and card situation. Is the certificate i was given at the ceremony valid for travel and replaces the card or Do i have to apply somewhere for another certificate/card

Neither the old citizenship card nor the current citizenship certificate is a travel document. (The certificate has replaced the card.) All either does is prove your status as a Canadian citizen. You can use them to enter Canada – though we don’t recommend it – but that is all. In order to travel internationally, you need to apply for a Canadian Passport, unless you have a valid passport for your country of birth.

Hi i got citizenship on may 2014. On that day itself i received the citizenship certificate, but i didnt receive the small citizenship card yet. Do i need to pay for that card?

There is no longer a card, the certificate is all you get.

HI THERE, MY QUESTION is that, in Canada in by birth in still reside in Canada, my daughter was born in the US, now what I would like to know is, is my daughter a naturalise citizen? Please get back to me…. thank you…

As a Canadian born parent you can apply for your daughter’s first citizenship card. See: . To do this you should contact CIC: 1-888-242-2100 or go to

Hello, I’ve been submitting a replacement citizen card application last year, and it’s been over a year and I still haven’t received the replacement card yet. I’m just wondering when the card will be arriving.

It is recommended you call Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to check the status of your application: 1-888-242-2100 or go to and click on ?Check Application Status?.

Do you have to pay again at the judge stage? i.e., fail first test then go to judge? Is there a fee at that stage? Also… how many of the 20 multiple choice questions at first stage can you get wrong? (To pass)

If you fail the test you will be sent a notice to appear for an interview with a Citizenship Judge. The judge will decide if you meet all the requirements for citizenship. You are not required to pay an additional fee for this. Please note if you miss the interview another date will be scheduled, and if you miss this a second time, your file will be closed and you would have to reapply and pay the fees again. The test comes in 3 parts and you are required to get 16 out of 20 correct (please note this is subject to change).

Hi, my husband and I are permanent residents of Canada and our baby is due in April 2012. We don’t qualify for citizenship until May 2013. In the meantime will our baby qualify for citizenship already or will need to have Indian passport temporarily as our current nationality is Indian? If baby does not become citizen automatically, do we need to do anything special to get baby’s PR status confirmed first before being apply for baby’s citizenship in 2013 along with ours? Thanks so much in advance!

As your baby will be born in Canada they automatically become a Canadian Citizenship.
When your baby is born you will be required to register the birth. From here you will be able to apply for the baby’s birth certificate, Social Insurance Number and Canadian Passport.
Please visit the Newborn Registration Service and select your province for a step-by-step guide:

I have a Canadian PR and I am currently employed in Canada. However if I end up travelling internationally for work, would it mean that I am still eligible to count those days towards my Canadian Citizenship or would I have to physically be in Canada for 1095 days out of 5 years to apply for Canadian Citizenship?

To be eligible for Canadian Citizenship adults must have lived in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years before applying.

Dear Sir, I am eager to know about citizenship test. Now I am eligible to apply. After applying I am planning to go abroad for a better job. Please kindly advice me, Is there any difficulty in getting a Canadian citizenship? And if OK which province is faster to get citizenship? What is the duration? I appreciate your reply. AMARESH

To apply for your own Canadian Citizenship, you must have permanent resident status in Canada, and that status must not be in doubt (for example; you must not be subject to any immigration investigation). You must have lived in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years before applying.

Currently the processing time is 19 months (from the time your application is received by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to the Citizenship Ceremony).
Once you application is received by CIC, your application is reviewed. You will then receive a notification date for your Citizenship test. If you pass the test and the citizenship judge is satisfied you meet all the other requirements for citizenship, you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony. During that ceremony, you will take the oath of citizenship and receive a certificate of Canadian citizenship. You will then be able to apply for your Canadian Passport.

My Citizenship Card was destroyed in a fire. I am looking to replace it as it was with my Passport which was also in the fire. In the replacement information it states that there are facilities for urgent filing however it doesn’t provide specifics in regards to what or where these facilities are. I am travelling to Australia in the very near future so would like to access the urgent filing option. Thank you for your assistance.

To apply, you need to fill out the Application for a Citizenship Certificate (CIT 0001). This application is for Canadian citizens living in Canada who need to apply for a citizenship card as proof of Canadian citizenship. Use this application for a new card or to replace one that was lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.

You can request the card to be processed urgently. Please note every urgent application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the requirements to issue a citizenship certificate are met and if the application meets the urgent processing criteria.

For example in your case: you need a citizenship certificate for imminent travel to or from Canada. You will need to submit prove of travel (flight itinerary/ticket)

Hi, my question is about citizenship test; what is the next step if i fail the test in first attempt do i have to appear for an interview next time in front of judge or i can get another to write a test.

If you do not pass the written test, ?Citizenship and Immigration Canada? will send you a notice telling you to appear for an interview (30 90 minutes) with a citizenship judge. At that interview, the judge will ask you the test questions orally to give you another opportunity to demonstrate that you meet all the requirements of citizenship (including knowledge and language).

My danish girlfriend in on a student Visa from denmark, if we get married, will she be able to stay in Canada after her visa expires?

No. The marriage will not allow your ?Danish? girlfriend to stay in Canada. She must apply to extend her stay in Canada, and must submit an application to change conditions or extend her stay in Canada.

Contact Citizenship & Immigration Canada for more instructions:

Call Centre telephone number: 1-888-242 2100

How to replace Citizenship card

If you have lost, or have had your Citizenship card stolen or destroyed, and are residing in Canada, to apply for a Citizenship card you must fill out the Application for a Citizenship Card from Inside Canada (CIT 0001).

Additionally, supporting documentation must also be included in your application. A fee must also be paid before an application can be submitted. This fee can be paid either online, or at a financial institution. Please be sure to obtain a receipt of the payment, and include it in your Canadian citizenship application package.

For more information please visit:

Do I need my citizenship card for renewing Canadian passport

If you are eligible to renew your passport through the ‘simplified Renewal Application Process?, you do not have to resubmit proof of Canadian citizenship, supplementary identification or guarantor information.

You can apply if your Canadian Passport has been expired for no more than one year

If you are not eligible an ?Adult General Passport Application?PPTC 153 would need to be submitted. This application must be submitted with proof of Canadian citizenship. If you were born in Canada, you must provide an original of either:A Canadian birth certificate (issued in Canada by the province or territory of your birth), or A certificate of citizenship (issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada).

How long does it take to get a replacement citizenship card?

It can takes around 10 months to get a replacement citizenship card; although there are facilities for urgent filing providing you can prove you have a valid reason to get your card. CIC have a timetable of applications being processed, which enables you to check the status of your application and review the processing times.

I have been living abroad and need to reclaim my Canadian Citizenship. What should I do?

Under the new citizenship law that came into force in 2009, you are probably automatically recognized as a Canadian Citizen if you were born to Canadian parents outside of Canada or you lost your citizenship between 1947 and 1977. Citizenship and Immigration Canada have detailed descriptions of who can qualify as a Canadian citizen. What you must do is apply for a Citizenship card so that you can prove your nationality to authorities that need such information.

How do I pay the fee for my replacement citizenship card?

You can pay online at the CIC website or you can pay through a financial institution in Canada. If you choose this method you must order a payment slip from the CIC call centre. You can use one slip to pay multiple applications. If you pay online you must print off your proof of payment once the transaction has been finished. Your proof of payment must be included in your application.

I urgently need to replace my lost citizenship card. How do I do this?

You can replace a citizenship card on an urgent basis but you will need proof that you have urgent plans to travel.

What documents should I send with my application for a replacement citizenship card?

You need to complete an application form, pay the government fee of $75 and include the payment receipt for this. You should also attach two identical photos taken according to the specifications of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You must also submit copies of two pieces of ID, one of which contains your photograph. Examples include a passport, driver’s license or provincial health card.

I never received my citizenship card. What should I do?

If 6 weeks have passed since you applied for your citizenship certificate you should fill out a ?Solemn declaration concerning a citizenship certificate that was lost, stolen. Destroyed or never received?. You can also check online to find out when you card was mailed to you or call the CIC call centre.

Can I change the name on my citizenship card?

Yes. You must submit an application for to CIC and send your health card, driver’s license, birth certificate, foreign passport or Canadian school record, which has the exact name you wish to use on your citizenship card. If you have changed your name to one significantly different to that in your current documents, you must send all of the above documents plus a ?linking document? that shows your old name and your new name. Examples would be a marriage certificate, change of name certificate or a divorce order.

How much does it cost to replace a stolen citizenship card?

The fee to replace a lost, stolen or damaged card is $75.

What should I do if I lose my Citizenship Certificate?

You should apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to replace your card. You still need to fill out an application form, submit the fee ($75) and supporting documents, but for a replacement card you can send photocopies instead of originals. If your citizenship card has been stolen you should notify the local police and CIC immediately.

What is a Citizenship Card?

Your citizenship card is the document you receive after you have taken your oath of citizenship. It is a small card that fits easily into your wallet. It contains your name, date of birth, gender, eye colour and height. It also has a picture of you on it and your signature.


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