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Canada Passport FAQ

Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for a Canadian passport. You do not have to be resident in Canada to apply for a new or to renew your Canadian passport. Canadian passports are issued by Passport Canada.

  • Choose the passport application you need: regular or simplified renewal
  • Complete the passport application
  • Gather your required documents and get your photos taken
  • Get your guarantor to endorse your application: If you are a Canadian citizen applying for your first Canadian passport, or your current Canadian passport has been expired for more than 1 year, then you will need to find a guarantor. A guarantor is someone other than yourself who confirms your identity for Passport Canada.
  • Submit your application by mail or in person.
I’m an italian citizen having a relationship with a Canadian man. We are living together in Ontario since January 2016. I’m here with a post graduate work permit of 11 months (it will expired in November 2017). If my boyfriend sponsoring me as a common-law now, do I have to leave Canada in November, when my work permit expires? If I am authorized to stay here until my PR is processed, I am able to travel outside of Canada and come back? We would like to visit my family in Italy for Christmas!

If you have lived together for 12 months and you submit the sponsorship application before your work permit expires, you can stay in Canada during the process. Travelling outside of Canada with your partner is fine, but you should definitely travel together.

I got an email from CIC informing me that my application for renew my PRC will be delay for second review since October12, 2016 and till date it shows in process on my online application status. can I send an urgent inquiry to travel to my country as my Mum passed away on June 2016 and my Dad in his eighties and living alone.

You can travel and apply for a PRTD while you’re outside of the country, that’s one option.

Alternatively, you can get a copy of the death certificate and submit it with a request for urgent processing for your PR Card and hope that they issue it before you travel.

My boyfriend is from Colombia, and is currently enrolled in school here in Canada. His school visa/permit will expire in march of 2018, so he has not applied for a work permit yet. We intend on getting married, is it helpful to us to get married before his permit? He will be in Canada for 2 1/2 years by march of next year, so could he apply for permanent residency? If he doesn’t get approved for the work permit, will he have to go back to Colombia even if we get married?

You need to get married before you sponsor him for permanent residence and this needs to happen before his work permit expires.

I recently got my PR card and I went to back home and got married. Now I lost my PR card and I am in the united states. what is my situation, can I travel by road with out PR card. Do I need to inform at border that I have got married, please give some advice

You can enter Canada by private vehicle without a PR Card. This means you cannot take the bus, but you have to drive across in a car. (You could also walk across.) You do not have to tell the border guard you got married but if they ask why you went on your trip, you should be honest.

My mother and father were born in the United Kingdom. My mother was born in England and my Father in Scotland. I do not have contact with my father. I am a Canadian citizen and aged 30 living in Canada. Can I still apply for a British Passport and if so do I need my father’s information?

You can apply for a British passport right now. You’ll need your long-form birth certificate, your parents’ marriage certificate (if possible) and your mother’s birth certificate and, if possible, her valid passport. You can submit copies of all of these things.

Just wondering if your passport name stays the exact same when you renew it? I’m not married, just want to book a flight before the new passport comes in and want to make sure the name stays the same on the new passport as my old one?

If you’re submitting a simplified passport application, your name will stay the same. If you are submitting a regular application and providing different ID that includes additional names, those names may be added to your passport.

I just found out that I might be Canadian simply because I was born there when my parents were studying. I’ve only had a passport of my parents’ nationality. I have a Canadian birth certificate, does this enable me to apply for a Canadian passport even though I haven’t came back to Canada for over 20 years?

Yes, you can apply for a Canadian passport with your Canadian birth certificate. Your parents must not have been diplomats or diplomatic staff for you to be Canadian.

can i marry a Girl from another country and is she then covered by my Canadian healthcare once we are married legally in Canada ?

You can marry someone from another country in Canada. All that does is make her your wife, it does nothing to change her status in Canada, and does not give her provincial health insurance.

┬áMy friend is a Canadian citizen and his girlfriend’s visa tourist will expire in 12 days or if it it becomes expired. They know that they can marry before expiration date with following the procedures, but can he marry her still after her visa expires and what steps do he need to do and what problems could occur.

They can marry while her visitor status is valid, but not after. But, more importantly, if he’s going to sponsor her, the sponsorship application needs to be submitted before her visitor status expires, because he cannot sponsor her after the status expires.

I am saint lucian but i want to marry my Canadian girlfriend and i’m not sure what documents I would need cause I want to get married to her in Canada and be and live with her there.

To get married in Canada you’ll need your passport and proof of single status from Saint Lucia.

Once you are married, your wife can sponsor you for permanent residence.

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