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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 tenth best in the world.

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

What are the advantages of having a Canadian passport?

  • It helps identify you and prevent fraud or identity theft.
  • A Canadian passport is used to identify Canadian citizens anywhere in the world.
  • 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.
  • Improved privacy protection
  • Facilitate entry and exit at border controls with automated passport readers.

Requirements and documents needed to apply for a Canadian passport

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship
  • A valid document confirming your identity
  • Two identical passport photos
  • A valid recent Canadian travel document issued in your name.
  • Your application form signed within the last 12 months and duly certified by a guarantor.
  • 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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