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If you are a minor in Canada and you lost your citizenship documentation, do you need legal identification and how long does it take in order for you to receive new documentation?

This is a good question.

The answer is, it depends what you are trying to do.

For example, if you (or your parent) is trying to register for a program or get an ID that requires proof of citizenship, then yes, you need a citizenship certificate.

However, otherwise you do not need to have a piece of identification on you that proves your citizenship. If somebody is telling you that you need to prove your Canadian citizenship even though you’re not trying to apply for anything, they are lying to you.

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I recently lost my citizenship card and sin card and I am not sure how to obtain a new one and I have a student loan that I am unable to obtain due to me not having proper documents

You need to apply for a new citizenship certificate. You can do so by submitting the appropriate IRCC application form (available from their website) plus the form informing them you lost your card.

You will need valid government photo IDs and citizenship photos.

Once you’ve done that you can get your SIN card replaced.

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I have flight booked late April, I was about to renew passport(hasn’t been renewed in awhile). I found out I need my citizenship card which I can’t seem to find. What are my best options here?

Well, normally you would need to replace to your citizenship card with a new citizenship certificate. You could apply for urgent processing by showing you need it to apply for your passport.

However, given the pandemic, you’ll have to wait. IRCC’s processing has slowed to a crawl. We’re not even sure if they’re processing paper applications right now.

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Two questions… 1. I have a Canadian Citizenship Card. If I apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate, do I have to surrender the card, or can I have both? (Given how particular they are about original documents and sometimes going by mail or courier, which carries some risk, I would really like to have a backup certificate safe at home when I send the other one in for passport renewals etc.) 2. As I said, I am a Canadian citizen and have the citizenship card and also a Canadian passport. I was born in the U.S. and have been living in U.S. up til now. I am moving to B.C. for university and would like to get a SIN number and card, so I will have what is needed for a part time job or summer job. What ID do I need to take to the Service Canada offce in Vancouver to get the SIN number and card?

Let’s answer your two questions:

  1. You are not supposed to have both. Moreover, you presumably need to submit the card to get ther certificate (unless you have some other proof of citizenship you can submit…)
  2. For the SIN application, you just need your citizenship card or certificate. You can learn more about SIN applications here.
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I have Citizenship card issued when I was a minor. I have photocopy of card showing the number but not the date of issue. It was used to obtain a new Canadian passport which expired in 2012. I would like a citizenship card as an adult and to renew my Canadian passport. I am an Australian citizen and hold an Australian passport

If you were born in Australia, you will need to use the citizenship card to apply for the new citizenship certificate and the passport. (Citizenship cards were retired in 2012.) If you have only the photocopy you may have to provide other evidence of citizenship, such as a Search of Citizenship Records.

If you were born in Canada you can use your birth certificate.

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I m not Canadian born. I lost my passport, I can’t find my citizenship card nor driver license or SIN card. I m not in Canada. What should I do n which application form should be use?

You need to apply for a replacement citizenship certificate but you need to make it clear that you are applying for it in order to apply for your passport. It could help to include information about passport requirements from your local Embassy/Consulate or a letter of explanation stating that you need to apply for a passport because you lost it.

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