How Do I Apply for A Canadian Passport?

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Among many other countries, Canada also uses an electronic passport issued to Canadian citizens. An e-passport like the Canadian passport is a 36-page book that contains a data chip. It contains basic information that can be used to identify a traveler.

When you travel through another country as a Canadian citizen, you must carry your passport as a means of identification. Before you are allowed to enter a country, you must present your passport, which will be scanned to determine your identity.

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

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

What are the benefits of a Canadian passport?

  1. It helps identify you and prevent fraud or identity theft.
  2. A Canadian passport is used to identify Canadian citizens anywhere in the world.
  3. An electronic passport helps uniquely identify a person’s country of origin and which country a traveler is from and where they are traveling to.
  4. Improved privacy protection
  5. Facilitate entry and exit at border controls with automated passport readers.

Requirements and documents needed to apply for a Canadian passport

  1. Proof of Canadian citizenship
  2. A valid document confirming your identity
  3. Two identical passport photos
  4. A valid recent Canadian travel document issued in your name.
  5. Your application form signed within the last 12 months and duly certified by a guarantor.
  6. Additional documents (such as language test results) may be required as originals, and documents not in English or French must be submitted along with a proper translation.

Steps to apply for your own Canadian passport

To apply for a Canadian passport, you must be at least 16 years old and a Canadian citizen. Parents or guardians can apply for their young children. Here are a few steps to apply

  • Download the application form from the official IRCC website or get it directly from the passport office.
  • Fill the form correctly and sign each page of the application form.
  • Attach all important documents to the form, especially 2 identical passport photos.
  • Get a guarantor and 2 references to confirm your identity.
  • Your guarantor can be:
    Any person who has known you for at least 2 years;
    He must be a Canadian citizen and over 18 years old;
  • He should have a valid Canadian passport or at least a passport that has not expired for more than one year.
  • Submit your application to the appropriate passport office or portal and pay all required fees.
  • Pick up your new passport.
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