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Replacement Citizenship Card FAQ

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On becoming a Canadian citizen you will receive a citizenship certificate, which is a letter-sized piece of paper which 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.

To get your Citizenship Certificate:

  • Complete the application form
  • Have citizenship photos taken
  • Gather the supporting documentation: Photo IDs
  • Submit the entire application by mail to IRCC
If you feel you want to read more about replacing a Canadian Citizenship Card, check out the Canadian Government website, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

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.

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.

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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.


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