The Benefits of a Canadian Passport

For many, the Canadian passport represents the final achievement in their immigration journey to Canada, a conclusive affirmation of citizenship status in a new country.

The benefits of your Canadian passport extend far beyond citizenship status and symbolic achievements. Canadian passport holders enjoy extensive visa-free access to other countries, significant rights inside and outside of Canada, greater job opportunities, and many other benefits. 

Read on to learn more about how obtaining your Canadian passport can benefit you.

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What are the Main Benefits of a Canadian Passport?

Freedom of travel and increased visa-free travel.

Canadian citizens and passport holders enjoy unrestricted freedom to travel in and out of Canada, without the need for visas or permits, and without the physical presence requirement imposed on permanent residents.

In addition to freedom of travel, Canadian passport holders benefit from having one of the most recognized passports in the world.

According to Henley & Partners, an investment immigration consultancy, Canadian passports are among the strongest in the world, offering visa-free travel to over 180 different countries around the world, including:

  • the United States (6 months at a time); 
  • Mexico (6 months at a time);
  • the United Kingdom (6 months at a time);
  • the Schengen Area and candidate nations (90 days at a time);
  • Australia and New Zealand (90 days);
  • Brazil (90 days);
  • the United Arab Emirates (30 days);
  • the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (90 days);
  • South Korea (6 months);
  • Japan (90 days);
  • Singapore (30 days); 
  • Pakistan (30 days, extendable to 90 days);
  • Bangladesh (30 days);
  • South Africa (90 days);
  • Nigeria (90 days); and 
  • and over 100 other countries . 

Notably, permanent residents are not afforded these same travel freedoms.

Irrevocable status and inheritance

Canadian passport holders have permanent irrevocable status in Canada. This is in contrast to permanent residents, whose status can be revoked, and who face  other obligations . 

Canadian passport holders can rely on this permanent status—unless they decide to give it up—and can pass on citizenship to children who are born after they become naturalized Canadian citizens.

Furthermore, passport holders do not have to maintain communications with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), unlike permanent residents (for example, who must update IRCC with their registered residential address).

In addition, Canada allows dual citizenship with other countries, meaning that new citizens do not have to give up their current citizenship if they do not want to (assuming the home nation also allows dual citizenship).

Added benefits

Canadian citizens and passport holders also benefit from smaller perks. For example, those who have completed their citizenship test and ceremony enjoy free admission to all locations run by Parks Canada, for their first full year. This includes national parks (like the famous Banff and Jasper parks), national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.

New Canadian citizens are even given one year of free admission to participating museums, science centres, art galleries, and parks across Canada. This policy is applicable to new citizens and up to 4 children per visit.

Applying for a Canadian Passport

If you are a new Canadian citizen, you must wait until after your citizenship ceremony to apply for your Canadian passport. IRCC will issue you a citizenship certificate , which you can use for your application. 

Click here to learn more about general citizenship eligibility and to calculate your own eligibility for Canadian citizenship .

If you are already a Canadian citizen, you may use your Canadian provincial or territorial birth certificate to apply for your passport. Please note that the citizenship certificate and birth certificate are the only two documents accepted by Passport Canada as proof of Canadian citizenship. 

When applying for your new adult Canadian passport, you must attach specific forms and information to successfully complete the process. There may be additional urgency requirements applicable to your situation, and special considerations for dual citizens. 

Passport applications may be rejected due to misrepresentation, even if this occurs by mistake.

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Henley & Partners—a global immigration consultancy firm—has ranked the Canadian passport as the 7th most recognised in the world , putting it alongside passports of the United States, Poland, Greece, and Czechia.

According to the report, a Canadian passport allows visa-free travel access to 183 countries, making it one of the foremost in the world. This year the distinction of most recognised passport went to the Singaporean passport (granting access to 193 countries), with Japan trailing closely behind (granting access to 192 countries). The Afghanistan passport scored last this year, allowing access to 27 countries without a visa.

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Travelling with a Canadian passport

Having a Canadian passport impacts your travel activities. With it, unrestricted exit or entry into Canada is permitted without the need for permits, visas, or other travel restrictions. However, only Canadian citizens are eligible to receive passports, not permanent residents, or those with temporary status.

As mentioned previous, Canadian passport holders enjoy visa-free travel to over 183 locations around the world, some of which include:

  • The United States;
  • The United Kingdom;
  • The Schengen Area;
  • Australia and New Zealand;
  • South Korea;
  • Brazil; and
  • The United Arab Emirates.

You do not necessarily have to give up your current passport if you apply for a Canadian one. Canada permits dual citizenship , and hence multiple passports (if one’s home nation also has a dual citizenship policy). Thus, you can maintain as many passports as you qualify for.

You Need to Become a Citizen First

Attaining citizenship is a prerequisite for acquiring a Canadian passport. This involves several steps.

You must first be a permanent resident of Canada and comply with the country's physical presence rules . For example, you need to demonstrate that you have lived in Canada for at least three of the past five years, which translates to approximately 1,095 days.

If applicable, you must also file your taxes . To highlight your understanding and communication abilities, passing a Canadian citizenship test and proving your language skills are also necessary.

Even if your permanent resident status was procured differently, these conditions must be met. Overall, a minimum of three years is generally required to secure Canadian citizenship, if pursuing a naturalisation route.

Note that if you are the direct child of a Canadian citizen (who was a citizen at the time of your birth) you may be eligible to inherit citizenship status from your parent .

How to Obtain a Canadian Passport

Once you have completed your citizenship ceremony and received your citizenship certificate, you can apply for a passport . Every citizen of Canada is eligible to apply for this document, and it is uncommon to be found ineligible. However, if you are found ineligible your citizenship may be revoked due to misrepresentation on your application or if there are concerns about security, violations of human or international rights, or connections to organised crime, associated with your application.

The procedure to apply for a Canadian passport requires specific paperwork as well. Your citizenship certificate is among the most critical documents, and you must include the original copy in your application. Even Canadians who were born in Canada need to provide a birth certificate as proof of their citizenship.

You will need several documents in your application form, including:

  • proof of Canadian citizenship (citizenship certificate or Canadian birth certificate only);
  • any valid Canadian passport or other form of travel document issued in your name (such as a refugee travel document or certificate of identity);
  • two references in support of your passport application;
  • a document that confirms your identity; and
  • two identical passport-size photographs.

In addition, when applying for your first passport, you will need a guarantor . A guarantor must fulfil certain requirements , which can change based on both the type of passport, and location from which your application is being submitted.

You can apply for a passport online, and can complete the process at a Service Canada centre , either with a pre-arranged appointment, or through the walk-in service.

Passport Processing Duration

The need for new passports and passport renewals among Canadians is currently high, owing to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic easing across the globe.

The Canadian government has recently introduced a tool for tracking processing times. As of now, it indicates that the time taken to process a passport application from inside Canada could range from regular service (10-20 business days) to urgent processing, which could take anywhere from 2-9 days, or as little as by the end of the next day.

As a result, if you plan to travel outside Canada in the foreseeable future, it is advisable to initiate the application process well in advance.

Other Benefits

Apart from unrestricted travel, a Canadian passport offers several other advantages. With the passport, you'll be recognised as a Canadian citizen, enjoying all the rights and freedoms like any other citizen; specifically, you'll be eligible to vote in elections, run for political office, and be eligible for jobs that may require higher security clearances.

Another significant perk is that the hassle of status renewal every five years is eliminated, (something usually mandatory for permanent residents). This translates into saving costs associated with application submission and remaining hassle-free from approaching Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for extensions.

Lastly, new Canadians are also given free perks in Canada for the first year of their new citizenship . Over 80% of permanent residents in Canada prefer to attain citizenship , primarily due to these benefits.

Applying for your Passport

Applying for your Canadian passport is an important step in benefitting from all the rights of being Canadian. Like any other step in the immigration process it must be adhered to carefully, as any misrepresentation (known or otherwise) can constitute serious penalties, and even potential loss of status. For this reason, many individuals choose to hire immigration lawyers to handle their passport applications, not just to ensure adherence to best practices, but also for the peace of mind that their services can provide.

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Benefits of getting a Canadian passport

Benefits of getting a Canadian passport

Being one of the world's most immigrant-friendly countries, Canada is a top choice for immigrants across the globe.

Canada is a country known for welcoming immigrants and valuing multiculturalism. In recent years, it has become one of the top immigration destinations. Every year, a record number of people arrive in the country to settle permanently.

Recently, the Henley Passport Index ranked the Canadian passport as the eighth-most powerful passport to have across the world for the third time in a row.

The data released on January 10, 2023, by the International Air Transport Association, ranked 199 passports in the world to determine which citizenship has more convenience of access to more countries without a prior visa.

The Canadian passport has always been in the global top 10 most powerful passports in the world since 2006 when the Henley Passport started monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports.

But what makes the Canadian passport stand out?

Visa-free international travel

If you have a Canadian passport, you can travel visa-free to 185 countries. Countries like Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland offer visa on arrival to travellers with a Canadian passport.

Dual Citizenship

Canada also recognizes multiple citizenship. After receiving a Canadian passport, you may still have a choice to keep your home country passport. Getting a Canadian passport does not mean that you need to give up your current passport, rather, you can keep as many passports as you wish if the countries that issued you their passports allow it.

Free to live abroad

With a Canadian passport, you are not restricted to permanently live only in Canada. As a Canadian passport holder, you are free to live abroad, for as long as you like, without jeopardising or losing your citizenship. As a Canadian citizen, you have no responsibility in maintaining your status. Once you become a Canadian citizen and eligible for a Canadian passport, you do not have to fulfill any residency requirements like that for permanent residents. You can leave and enter Canada anytime.

Job Opportunities

There are some jobs in Canada that are only available to Canadian citizens. Such jobs require high-level security clearance. These jobs tend to pay well and have many benefits, such as pension benefits and extensive health care benefits.

If you are wondering whether you can acquire a Canadian passport, the answer is yes, if you have Canadian citizenship.

Become a citizen

To acquire a Canadian passport, you must be a Canadian citizen first.

If you are a permanent resident, check here to know the eligibility to apply for Canadian citizenship.

How to apply for a Canadian passport

After you have obtained Canadian citizenship, the road to acquiring a Canadian passport is easy. All you have to do is participate in the citizenship ceremony and get a citizenship certificate.

Once you receive your certificate, you can apply for a Canadian passport by submitting your Canadian citizenship certificate along with the documents required by mail or by visiting the passport office. Check here for further details.

Canada has a target of admitting 465,000 immigrants in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. So, don’t lose your golden chance of becoming a part of Canada’s community!

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The Canadian passport is an important travel document for Canadians. Holding one grants access to 116 countries without a visa. In addition, Canadians can obtain an e-visa for 38 countries. The Canadian passport also allows for visas upon arrival in 18 countries. However, a visa is required for 22 countries.

Canada's population is diverse and multicultural. As of 2021, it is estimated to be over 38 million people. The majority of Canadians reside in Ontario and Quebec. The country is known for its vast wilderness and natural beauty.

The Canadian passport is a powerful travel document. It is ranked highly by the Passport Index. This ranking is based on the number of countries the passport can access without a visa. For Canadians, this means greater freedom to explore the world.

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Nearby countries.

The nearest visa free countries to visit for Canadian passport holders are United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras and Mexico .

Visa free countries

So, where can Canadians travel without a visa? We have listed all the countries where Canada citizens can travel visa-free, eliminating the hassle of visa paperwork.

  • 🇦🇱 Albania (90 days)
  • 🇦🇩 Andorra (90 days )
  • 🇦🇹 Austria (90 days)
  • 🇧🇾 Belarus (30 days)
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium (90 days)
  • 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (90 days)
  • 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (90 days)
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia (90 days)
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus (90 days)
  • 🇨🇿 Czech Republic (90 days)
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark (90 days)
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia (90 days)
  • 🇫🇮 Finland (90 days)
  • 🇫🇷 France (90 days)
  • 🇩🇪 Germany (90 days)
  • 🇬🇷 Greece (90 days)
  • 🇭🇺 Hungary (90 days)
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland (90 days)
  • 🇬🇧 Ireland (90 days)
  • 🇮🇹 Italy (90 days)
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia (90 days)
  • 🇱🇮 Liechtenstein (90 days)
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania (90 days)
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (90 days)
  • 🇲🇹 Malta (90 days)
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova (90 days)
  • 🇲🇨 Monaco (90 days)
  • 🇲🇪 Montenegro (90 days)
  • 🇲🇰 North Macedonia (90 days)
  • 🇳🇴 Norway (3 months)
  • 🇵🇱 Poland (90 days)
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal (90 days)
  • 🇷🇴 Romania (90 days)
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino (N/A)
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia (90 days)
  • 🇸🇰 Slovakia (90 days)
  • 🇸🇮 Slovenia (90 days)
  • 🇪🇸 Spain (90 days)
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden (90 days)
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland (90 days)
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine (90 days)
  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom (6 months)
  • 🇻🇦 Vatican City (N/A)
  • 🇦🇴 Angola (30 days)
  • 🇧🇼 Botswana (90 days)
  • 🇨🇻 Cape Verde (30 days)
  • 🇸🇿 Eswatini (30 days)
  • 🇬🇲 Gambia (90 days)
  • 🇱🇸 Lesotho (N/A)
  • 🇲🇼 Malawi (30 days)
  • 🇲🇺 Mauritius (90 days)
  • 🇲🇦 Morocco (3 months)
  • 🇲🇿 Mozambique (30 days)
  • 🇳🇦 Namibia (3 months)
  • 🇷🇼 Rwanda (30 days)
  • 🇸🇹 São Tomé and Príncipe (15 days)
  • 🇸🇳 Senegal (90 days)
  • 🇿🇦 South Africa (90 days)
  • 🇹🇳 Tunisia (4 months)
  • 🇿🇲 Zambia (30 days)
  • 🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda (6 months)
  • 🇦🇷 Argentina (90 days)
  • 🇧🇸 Bahamas (8 months)
  • 🇧🇧 Barbados (6 months)
  • 🇧🇿 Belize (N/A)
  • 🇧🇴 Bolivia (90 days)
  • 🇧🇷 Brazil (90 days)
  • 🇨🇱 Chile (90 days)
  • 🇨🇴 Colombia (90 days)
  • 🇨🇷 Costa Rica (90 days)
  • 🇩🇲 Dominica (6 months)
  • 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic (30 days)
  • 🇪🇨 Ecuador (90 days)
  • 🇸🇻 El Salvador (3 months)
  • 🇬🇩 Grenada (3 months)
  • 🇬🇹 Guatemala (90 days)
  • 🇬🇾 Guyana (3 months)
  • 🇭🇹 Haiti (3 months)
  • 🇭🇳 Honduras (3 months)
  • 🇯🇲 Jamaica (90 days)
  • 🇲🇽 Mexico (180 days)
  • Netherlands (90 days)
  • 🇳🇮 Nicaragua (90 days)
  • 🇵🇦 Panama (180 days)
  • 🇵🇾 Paraguay (90 days)
  • 🇵🇪 Peru (90 days)
  • 🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis (6 months)
  • 🇱🇨 Saint Lucia (6 weeks)
  • 🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (3 months)
  • 🇸🇷 Suriname (90 days)
  • 🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago (N/A)
  • 🇺🇸 United States (6 months)
  • 🇺🇾 Uruguay (3 months)
  • 🇧🇳 Brunei (14 days)
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia (1 year)
  • 🇮🇱 Israel (3 months)
  • 🇯🇵 Japan (90 days)
  • 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (30 days)
  • 🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan (60 days)
  • 🇲🇾 Malaysia (3 months)
  • 🇲🇳 Mongolia (30 days)
  • 🇴🇲 Oman (14 days / 30 days)
  • 🇵🇭 Philippines (30 days)
  • 🇶🇦 Qatar (30 days)
  • 🇸🇬 Singapore (30 days)
  • 🇹🇼 Taiwan (90 days)
  • 🇹🇯 Tajikistan (30 days)
  • 🇹🇭 Thailand (30 days)
  • 🇹🇷 Turkey (90 days)
  • 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates (30 days)
  • 🇺🇿 Uzbekistan (30 days)
  • 🇫🇯 Fiji (4 months)
  • 🇰🇮 Kiribati (90 days)
  • 🇫🇲 Micronesia (30 days)
  • 🇼🇸 Samoa (60 days)
  • 🇻🇺 Vanuatu (30 days)

This data has been sourced from Wikipedia and was last updated on 6/1/2024.

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The Top 5 Benefits of A Canadian Passport

March 27, 2024

Shireen Fisher

The Canadian passport consistently ranks among the most powerful in the world, granting its holders incredible travel freedom and a wealth of advantages. But how do you unlock these benefits? It all starts with Canadian citizenship .

This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about becoming a Canadian citizen, from understanding the key differences between permanent residency and citizenship to navigating the application process.

The Difference Between Canadian Permanent Residency and Citizenship

Not sure what the difference between Canadian Permanent Residency and Canadian Citizenship is? Here's some clarity.

Canadian Permanent Residency

Canadian Permanent Residency paves the way for a fulfilling life in Canada . It allows you to live, work, and access social programs like healthcare. However, it requires renewal and comes with travel limitations for extended absences.

Canadian Citizenship

While Canadian permanent residency offers a comfortable and fulfilling life in Canada, Canadian citizenship elevates your status to a whole new level. It transcends the concept of residence and grants you a powerful passport that unlocks a world of freedom, security, and political participation.

The Top 5 Benefits of a Canadian Passport

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The Canadian passport consistently ranks among the most powerful in the world, offering many advantages that extend far beyond travel. Here are the top 5 Canadian passport benefits that unlock many possibilities for Canadian citizens.

Having the World as Your Oyster

Imagine exploring the world with minimal restrictions. The Canadian passport grants visa-free access to over 180 countries, including popular tourist destinations like the United States, Europe, and Asia. This opens doors to incredible travel experiences, allowing you to explore new cultures, embark on life-changing adventures, and forge unforgettable memories.

Boosting Your Career Prospects

A Canadian passport can be a game-changer in the global job market. Many international companies value the mobility and security that Canadian citizenship provides. This gives you a competitive edge when applying for jobs abroad, opening doors to exciting career opportunities and higher earning potential. Learn more about the top in-demand jobs in Canada .

Shaping Your Nation's Future

Canadian citizenship empowers you to participate in Canada's democracy actively. You gain the right to vote in elections, hold elected office, and have your voice heard on important issues. This allows you to contribute to shaping the future of your new home and make a positive impact on your community.

Building a Secure Future with Enhanced Social Benefits

Canadian citizenship grants access to a wider range of social programs than permanent residency. This includes top-notch healthcare, high-quality public education for your children, and social security benefits that provide a safety net and support a secure future for you and your family.

Peace of Mind With Unwavering Global Protection

Canadian citizenship offers invaluable security and protection when traveling or living abroad. The Canadian government provides consular assistance to its citizens, ensuring you have access to help in case of emergencies, legal issues, or unexpected situations. This peace of mind allows you to confidently explore the world, knowing that support is always available.

Who Can Apply For Canadian Citizenship?

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With so many Canadian passport benefits, who would miss out on the chance to become a Canadian? To meet the criteria for Canadian Citizenship, you must tick the following boxes:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada
  • Meet residency requirements: live in Canada for three out of the last five years (1,095 days)
  • File your Canadian income taxes if required (applies to most applicants)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English or French (meeting the Canadian Language Benchmarks)
  • Pass the Canadian citizenship test
  • Take an oath of Canadian Citizenship

Let us break down each requirement.

To apply for Canadian citizenship, you must hold permanent resident (PR) status. This means your immigration status is current and free of any issues, namely:

  • No Ongoing Reviews: You should not be under investigation for immigration violations or fraud.
  • Valid Status: You cannot have a removal order in place requiring you to leave Canada.
  • Conditions Met: All requirements associated with obtaining permanent residency, such as medical checks, must be fulfilled.

Meeting Residency Requirements

To become a Canadian citizen, you must demonstrate sufficient ties to the country through residency. This means physically being in Canada for at least 1,095 days (3 years) out of the five years immediately preceding your citizenship application.

Applying With More Than 1,095 Days

Immigration Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recommends exceeding the minimum residency requirement. This provides a buffer in case of any miscalculations during the application process.

Counting Additional Qualifying Days

You might be able to include some additional days towards your residency requirement by adding:

  • Time spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person.
  • Time spent outside Canada while working as a Crown servant or being a family member of a Crown servant.
  • Only the five years before your application signing date are considered.
  • Double-check your calculations to meet the minimum residency requirement.

Submitting Your Tax Returns

Before applying for Canadian Citizenship, the IRCC may expect you to file a tax return for at least three years during the five years right before your application date. Learn more about taxes in Canada .

English or French Language Skills

When signing your citizenship application, the IRCC will ask you to demonstrate basic proficiency in either English or French. This applies to applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 years old. You must be able to:

  • Converse on everyday topics: Engage in simple conversations about common situations.
  • Understand basic information: Comprehend instructions, questions, and directions with ease.
  • Communicate effectively: Use essential grammar structures and tenses to express yourself clearly.
  • Build vocabulary: Possess a sufficient range of words and phrases to answer questions and participate in discussions.

The above-mentioned speaking and listening skills are equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level 4 for English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) level 4 for French.

How IRCC Assesses Your Language Skills

IRCC considers your language ability through the following methods:

  • Submitted Proof: IRCC reviews language test results or completion certificates included in your application.
  • Application Process Interaction: IRCC assesses your spoken communication skills during any interactions with a citizenship officer throughout the application process.
  • Citizenship Test: In some cases, you may take a citizenship test with an official to gauge your language proficiency.

Acceptable Proof of Language Skills

IRCC accepts a variety of documents as proof of language ability. This includes:

  • Certificates
  • Approved language tests

The Canadian Citizenship Test

Applicants between 18 and 54 on the application signing date must take the Canadian citizenship test. This multiple-choice test assesses your knowledge of:

  • Canadian Values and Identity: You must understand the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.
  • Canadian Society: You must know Canada's history, geography, economy, and government structure.
  • Canadian Symbols: You must be familiar with significant Canadian laws and national symbols.

Your Citizenship Test Invitation

After submitting your application, you will receive an invitation to schedule your citizenship test. Here are some tips to prepare for your Canadian Citizenship Test.

The Oath of Citizenship Ceremony

The final step towards becoming a Canadian citizen is taking the oath of citizenship at a formal ceremony. You will be eligible to participate in the ceremony if:

  • You were at least 14 years old when you signed your application.
  • Your citizenship application is approved.

How to Apply For Canadian Citizenship

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Most applicants can now apply online to become a Canadian citizen. If you cannot apply online, you can submit a paper application. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Find the Right Application Package

The first step to becoming a Canadian citizen is obtaining the appropriate application package. This package includes everything you need to get started, including

  • Instruction Guide: This guide provides step-by-step instructions for completing the application process.
  • Application Forms: These forms need to be filled out accurately and submitted with your application.

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Step 2: Citizenship Application Fees

The application fees for Canadian citizenship vary depending on your age:

  • Adult (18 and Over): This fee typically includes a processing fee and a right of citizenship fee.
  • Minor (Under 18): The fee for minors is generally lower than the adult fee.

Application fees must be paid online through a secure government website. You are advised to wait until you are ready to submit your application before paying the fees.

You must print a copy of your payment receipt and include it with your completed application package. If you are submitting applications for several individuals simultaneously, you can choose to pay the fees all together (one receipt) or pay for each application separately (multiple receipts).

Step 3: Submit Your Canadian Citizenship Application

You must send the completed application form along with all required documents in the application package by mail or courier. Before sending it, remember that you must qualify for Canadian citizenship the day before you sign the application.

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Will I Qualify for Canadian Citizenship if I Marry a Canadian?

No. Marrying a Canadian does not make you a Canadian citizen. To become one, you must do the same things as everyone else. There is no special process for spouses of Canadians.

You must meet some rules to apply for citizenship. You must have been in Canada for at least 1,095 days in the five years before you apply. This will include time as a permanent resident, temporary resident, or protected person. If you don't live in Canada or are not a permanent resident, your Canadian spouse can help you become one. But this does not automatically make you a citizen.

Once you are a permanent resident and have been in Canada long enough, you can apply for citizenship if you meet all the requirements.

I have Citizenship From Another Country. Can I Keep it When I Gain Canadian Citizenship?

Canada welcomes dual citizenship, meaning you can be a Canadian citizen and hold citizenship from another country.

Note that while Canada embraces dual citizenship, other countries may have different policies. Some nations might require you to renounce your existing citizenship if you become a citizen of theirs.

To confirm whether your other country of citizenship allows dual citizenship with Canada, contact their consulate or embassy. They can provide you with clear and up-to-date information.

The Many Benefits of Having a Canadian Passport

Canadian passports are a valuable and sought-after document, with many benefits and privileges for their holders. If you are a Canadian citizen, or are considering becoming one, here are just a few of the many advantages of having a Canadian passport:

  • Travel freedom : As a Canadian passport holder, you have the ability to travel to over 190 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival. This means you can travel for work, study, or pleasure with greater ease and convenience. In addition, Canadian citizens are often given preferential treatment at border crossings and can take advantage of special travel lanes in some airports.
  • Access to consular assistance : If you encounter any problems or emergencies while abroad, as a Canadian passport holder you can seek assistance from a Canadian consulate or embassy. This can include help with legal issues, medical emergencies, or finding temporary accommodation.
  • Work and study opportunities : Many countries offer work or study opportunities to Canadian citizens, often with fewer restrictions than for non-citizens. Having a Canadian passport can make it easier to secure a job or enroll in a study program abroad.
  • Investment opportunities : Canadian passports are considered to be highly desirable, and as a result, some countries may offer investment or citizenship by investment programs to Canadian citizens. This can be a way to diversify your investment portfolio or gain access to new opportunities.
  • Family reunification : If you have family members who are not Canadian citizens, having a Canadian passport can make it easier to bring them to Canada. Canadian citizens can sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, or dependent children for permanent residence in Canada.
  • Dual citizenship : As a Canadian citizen, you have the option to hold dual citizenship with another country. This can be beneficial if you have strong ties to both countries or if you want to maintain your cultural or family connections.

In conclusion, having a Canadian passport is a valuable asset that offers a range of benefits and privileges. From travel freedom and access to consular assistance, to work and study opportunities and the ability to reunite with family, there are many reasons why having a Canadian passport is a great advantage.

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9 things you didn't know about the Canadian passport, from hidden features to new elements

Think you know everything there is to know about the Canadian passport ? Think again.

From secret security features to how it compares to other countries, there are tons of unique elements of the Canadian passport that you may not know about.

Whether you're a Canadian passport holder or looking to apply for a passport, these facts about the Canadian travel document are sure to impress.

Including visa-free access and a few cool tricks, here are nine things you may not know about your Canadian passport.

It's one of the world's most powerful passports

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According to the Henley Passport Index , Canada's passport ranks as the seventh most powerful passport in the world thanks to the number of countries it provides access to visa-free.

For 2024, the passport ranks alongside those of Czechia, Hungary and Poland for its strength. It also came in above the United States passport, which ranks as the eighth most powerful globally.

In the top spot for 2024 is Singapore's passport, followed by France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain, which tied for second place.

According to the Henley Passport Index, Canada's passport has never ranked as the most powerful in the world, but did rank as the world's second-most powerful passport in 2015.

It allows you to travel to more than 100 countries visa-free

Canada's passport is regarded as one of the best for mobility, allowing holders to travel to 118 countries without needing a visa.

Canadian passport holders can travel to countries including the Bahamas, Costa Rica, France, Jamaica, South Korea and many more and stay for 90 or 180 days (and in some countries, up to a whole year) without needing to apply for a visa.

In addition to this, Canadians can travel to 47 countries where they can get a visa on arrival, and seven countries where an Electronic Travel Authority is required with a Canadian passport, according to the Passport Index .

It comes in white

Did you know that Canada's passport comes in a pretty shade of white? The white passport is Canada's temporary passport.

A temporary Canadian passport is an eight-page, machine-readable passport that's issued by certain Canadian government offices abroad.

The passport is meant to be used for short-term situations, and may be issued to Canadian citizens who have an urgent and proven need for a passport, like if they lose their regular passport while travelling abroad.

The passport features a white cover with a coat of arms. Like the regular passport, it contains a bio-data page, digitized photo and security features, but only has four visa pages.

According to the government , Canadians can only get a temporary passport for the length of their travel, up to a maximum of one year, and it can't be extended for any reason.

There are four different kinds of passports

Did you know that there are four kinds of Canadian passports in total?

In addition to the temporary white passport and standard blue passport that most travellers will have, the travel document also comes in two other types, each with its own colour and purpose.

These include the red "diplomatic" passport, which is issued to Canadian diplomats, high-ranking Government of Canada officials and representatives and delegates of the Government of Canada, and the green "special" passport , which tells international border officials that the bearer is travelling on official business and representing Canada abroad, and is issued to Canadian senators, members of Parliament and people employed by the Government of Canada who are in a non-diplomatic capacity.

Which do you like the look of best?

It's one of the most expensive passports in the world

According to a study by Australian travel insurance comparison site Compare the Market AU, Canada's passport is one of the most costly on the globe, ranking among the top 10 most expensive passports in the world.

So just how much does it cost? A 10-year Canadian passport, which is the longest validity for the document that you can choose, costs $160, making it the seventh most expensive in the world, right behind Italy's 10-year passport, which costs 116 euros (or $170), and ahead of the U.K. passport, which costs 82.50 pounds, or $143.

The Canadian passport is a bit cheaper if you select the 5-year option, which costs $120. However, this means that you'd have to renew it again in five years.

This price also doesn't include additional fees that go into getting a new passport, which could include extra costs for faster delivery and the cost of passport photos.

It's granted by the Crown

Passports issued in Canada invoke the authority of the crown on their inside cover.

If you have the new Canadian passport, you'll find that the inside cover reads: "The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada requests, in the name of His Majesty the King, all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely, without delay or hindrance, and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary."

If you have the old version of the Canadian passport, however, you'll find the same message from the minister of foreign affairs, requested "in the name of Her Majesty the Queen."

It glows under UV light

Canada's passport pages are pretty enough under regular light. But try looking at them under ultraviolet light to see something totally different.

In the old Canadian passport book, the pages of the passport explode with neon colours when held under UV light, revealing hidden artwork that can't be seen with the naked eye, like the Parliament buildings lit up with fireworks, and Niagara Falls illuminated by a bright glowing moon.

The new passport features different art on its visa pages, including seasonal art like campfires and winter animals, but still change under UV light.

It contains a polycarbonate page

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The ID page in the new Canadian passport.

The new Canadian passport contains a brand new personal information page.

Instead of a glossy piece of paper, the new ID page is actually a polycarbonate card, similar in feel to a driver's licence. The government says this material will last longer and will be less likely to be damaged by water or rough handling.

Your personal information is also now laser-engraved on the page, instead of printed.

The new ID page now contains several versions of the holder's photo, as well as a kinegram with a snowflake on it that changes colours and appears to move when viewed from different angles.

It has a disappearing maple leaf

If you have the new Canadian passport, you can impress your friends with a disappearing maple leaf in the book that's like a magic trick.

The new Canadian passport, which was rolled out in 2023, contains a red maple leaf on the personal information page that incredibly disappears if you heat it by rubbing it with your finger. One minute it's there, and poof! It's gone.

According to the Government of Canada , the disappearing maple leaf is one of several new security features of the new passport that can be used to detect fraud and confirm that your passport is valid.

Other features include magnetized colour-shifting ink in the shape of a deer and snowflake on the first two pages, different colours of metallic foil maple leaves on the covers, a debossed maple leaf on the back, and a visible chip and antenna.

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Canadian Passport Advantages: Application Process and Perks

A Canadian passport is a key to numerous opportunities. It’s not just a travel document but a gateway to numerous benefits and exclusive advantages. Explore the Canadian Passport Advantages in this blog and discover what it means to hold a Canadian passport.

Henley & Partners has ranked the Canadian passport seventh among the most recognized passports worldwide. When determining the value of a passport in terms of Global Mobility Spectrum, Henley & Partners is regarded as the standard reference tool. Its index ranks passports of around 199 countries and 227 distinct travel destinations.

Canadian passport was ranked besides the passports of Czechia, Greece, Poland, and the United States.

As per its report, a Canadian passport permits visa-free travel opportunities to around 183 countries. This means that with a Canadian passport, you can travel to specific countries without needing a visa. 

This makes it one of the most significant passports worldwide.

This year, the Singaporean passport was the most widely accepted worldwide, providing access to 193 countries, with Japan close behind, providing access to 192 countries. Contrary to this, when talking about the last position on the list this year, Afghanistan’s passport ranked last, allowing visa-free access to only 27 countries.

Canadian Passport Advantages: How Canadian Passport Impacts Travelling?

Holding a Canadian passport provides users with several perks and significantly influences their travel activities. If you obtain a Canadian passport, you gain unrestricted entry or exit into Canada. Also, you don’t need visas or permits or face other travel restraints to enter or exit the country. 

Notably, Canadian citizens are only eligible to obtain passports. Canadian permanent residents , as well as temporary residents, do not qualify for it.

As stated above, individuals with Canadian passports can travel to nearly 183 countries worldwide without a visa. The following are some of these countries:

  • Brazil; 
  • South Korea;
  • Australia and New Zealand;
  • The Schengen Area
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • The United States; and
  • The United Kingdom;

Moreover, it is considerable that Canada permits dual citizenship. This means you may hold multiple passports if your country of origin also has a dual citizenship policy. So, if you apply for a Canadian passport, you are not necessarily required to give up your current passport. You are permitted to hold as many passports as you are eligible for. 

Become a Canadian Citizen First to be Eligible for Passport

Prior to obtaining a Canadian passport, you need to become a citizen of Canada. The process involves several steps, which are explained below. 

Firstly, attain permanent resident status in Canada and satisfy the “Physical Presence Rule” of the Country. This means that you must show that you have resided in Canada for a minimum of three years of the last five years. This roughly equates to 1095 days.

In addition, you must have submitted your taxes if they apply to you.  

Besides these, you also need to pass a Canadian citizenship test and prove your language abilities to showcase your understanding and communication capabilities. 

In situations where you obtained your PR status differently, all these requirements remain the same and must be fulfilled.   

Overall, if you are following a naturalization route to obtain Canadian citizenship, there is a general requirement of a minimum of three years of physical presence in Canada.

It should be noted that if you are a biological child of a Canadian citizen who held citizenship status at the time of your birth, you may qualify to inherit Canadian citizenship status directly from your parent. 

The Process of Attaining a Canadian Passport and Eligibility Requirement

You can apply for a Canadian passport when you have completed your citizenship ceremony and obtained your citizenship certificate. 

Every Canadian citizen qualifies to apply for a Canadian passport. Typically, it’s unusual that someone is discovered to be unqualified. However, if you are deemed ineligible, your citizenship may be withdrawn. This may be due to misunderstandings in your application or if it is subject to security issues, human or international rights violations, or relation to arranged crime and more.

Additionally, the process of applying for the passport also demands distinct paperwork. You need several documents to prove your citizenship. Your Canadian citizenship certificate is the most important document, and in your application, you must supply an original copy of your certificate. Also, every Canadian must supply a Canadian birth certificate as proof of citizenship.

The following are the other necessary documents required in your application:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship. This can either be a citizenship certificate or a Canadian birth certificate;
  • At least two references that support your passport application;
  • Any travel document or a valid Canadian passport issued in your name. This can be a refugee travel document or certificate of identity;
  • Two identical passport-size photographs; and
  • A document verifying your identity.

Note that you’ll need a guarantor if you are applying for your first Canadian passport. A guarantor is required to satisfy specific requirements to be eligible. The requirements may change depending on the type of passport as well as the location from which you’ve submitted the application.

 You can submit a passport application online, and the application process may be completed at a Service Canada center. This can be done with a pre-scheduled appointment or via a walk-in service.

What is the Passport Processing Span?

In Canada, there is currently a high demand for new passports and passport renewals. This is because of the ease of travel restrictions worldwide caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the Canadian government has launched an efficient tool that allows for the tracking of processing times.

Presently, the time the Canadian government takes to process a passport application from within Canada may vary depending on the type of service. Regular processing takes 10 to 20 business days, whereas urgent processing could take 2 to 9 days or may even be processed by the end of the next day.

So, if you intend to travel outside Canada in the near future, you should submit your passport application as soon as possible. 

Additional Benefits of Canadian Passport 

Holding a Canadian passport provides several other perks besides the above-specified unrestricted travel. This section will highlight the Canadian passport advantages. 

 With a Canadian passport, you will be identified as a Canadian citizen and can avail yourself of all the rights and liberties enjoyed by Canadian citizens. In particular, you’ll be eligible to vote in the country’s election, seek a political office, and be eligible for jobs that demand higher security clearances.

Another benefit that you can enjoy by being a citizen of Canada is the elimination of status renewal that you may need to appear every five years. This is particularly necessary for PRs. This leads to lower application submission fees and avoids the trouble of asking Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for extensions.

Ultimately, Canada also offers extra benefits to new Canadians for the first year of their citizenship. A report shows that 80% of individuals with Permanent resident status in Canada aim to attain Canadian citizenship. This is especially due to these advantages.

Apply For Your Passport To Enjoy the Perks!

If you intend to avail yourself of all the privileges of being a Canadian citizen, you must apply for your Canadian passport. Ensure you adhere to the rules & regulations and fulfill all the eligibility requirements to obtain your passport. 

All the documents must be valid, and the application must be clear to obtain approval. This guide outlines all the necessary steps you must adhere to obtain your passport and enjoy the Canadian Passport Advantages.

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Henley & Partners—a global immigration consultancy firm—has ranked the Canadian passport as the 7th most recognised in the world , putting it alongside passports of the United States, Poland, Greece, and Czechia.

According to the report, a Canadian passport allows visa-free travel access to 183 countries, making it one of the foremost in the world. This year the distinction of most recognised passport went to the Singaporean passport (granting access to 193 countries), with Japan trailing closely behind (granting access to 192 countries). The Afghanistan passport scored last this year, allowing access to 27 countries without a visa.

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Travelling with a Canadian passport

Having a Canadian passport impacts your travel activities. With it, unrestricted exit or entry into Canada is permitted without the need for permits, visas, or other travel restrictions. However, only Canadian citizens are eligible to receive passports, not permanent residents, or those with temporary status.

As mentioned previous, Canadian passport holders enjoy visa-free travel to over 183 locations around the world, some of which include:

The United States; The United Kingdom; The Schengen Area; Australia and New Zealand; South Korea; Singapore; Japan; Brazil; and The United Arab Emirates.

You do not necessarily have to give up your current passport if you apply for a Canadian one. Canada permits dual citizenship, and hence multiple passports (if one’s home nation also has a dual citizenship policy). Thus, you can maintain as many passports as you qualify for.

You Need to Become a Citizenship First

Attaining citizenship is a prerequisite for acquiring a Canadian passport. This involves several steps.

You must first be a permanent resident of Canada and comply with the country’s physical presence rules . For example, you need to demonstrate that you have lived in Canada for at least three of the past five years, which translates to approximately 1,095 days.

If applicable, you must also file your taxes . To highlight your understanding and communication abilities, passing a Canadian citizenship test and proving your language skills are also necessary.

Even if your permanent resident status was procured differently, these conditions must be met. Overall, it takes a minimum of three years is generally required to secure Canadian citizenship, if pursuing a naturalisation route.

Note that if you are the direct child of a Canadian citizen (who was a citizen at the time of your birth) you may be eligible to inherit citizenship status from your parent .

How to Obtain a Canadian Passport

Once you have completed your citizenship ceremony and received your citizenship certificate, you can apply for a passport . Every citizen of Canada is eligible to apply for this document, and it is uncommon to be found ineligible. However, if you are found ineligible your citizenship may be revoked due to misrepresentation on your application or if there are concerns about security, violations of human or international rights, or connections to organised crime, associated with your application.

The procedure to apply for a Canadian passport requires specific paperwork as well. Your citizenship certificate is among the most critical documents, and you must include the original copy in your application. Even Canadians who were born in Canada need to provide a birth certificate as proof of their citizenship.

You will need several documents in your application form, including:

proof of Canadian citizenship (citizenship certificate or Canadian birth certificate only); any valid Canadian passport or other form of travel document issued in your name (such as a refugee travel document or certificate of identity); two references in support of your passport application; a document that confirms your identity; and two identical passport-size photographs.

In addition, when applying for your first passport, you will need a guarantor . A guarantor must fulfil certain requirements , which can change based on both the type of passport, and location from which your application is being submitted.

You can apply for a passport by online, and can complete the process by booking at a Service Canada centre, either with a pre-arranged appointment, or through the walk-in service.

Passport Processing Duration

The need for new passports and passport renewals among Canadians is currently high, owing to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic easing across the globe.

The Canadian government has recently introduced a tool for tracking processing times. As of now, it indicates that the time taken to process a passport application from inside Canada could range from regular service (10-20 business days) to urgent processing, which could take anywhere from 2-9 days, or as little as by the end of the next day.

As a result, if you plan to travel outside Canada in the foreseeable future, it is advisable to initiate the application process well in advance.

Other Benefits

Apart from unrestricted travel, a Canadian passport offers several other advantages. With the passport, you’ll be recognised as a Canadian citizen, enjoying all the rights and freedoms like any other citizen; specifically, you’ll be eligible to vote in elections, run for political office, and be eligible for jobs that may require higher security clearances.

Another significant perk is that the hassle of status renewal every five years is eliminated, (something usually mandatory for permanent residents). This translates into saving costs associated with application submission and remaining hassle-free from approaching Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for extensions.

Lastly, new permeant residents are also given free perks in Canada for the first year of their new citizenship . Over 80% of permanent residents in Canada prefer to attain citizenship, primarily due to these benefits.

Applying for your Passport

Applying for your Canadian passport is an important step in benefitting from all the rights of being Canadian. Like any other step in the immigration process it must be adhered to carefully, as any misrepresentation (known or otherwise) can constitute serious penalties, and even potential loss of status. For this reason, many individuals choose to hire immigration lawyers to handle their passport applications, not just to ensure adherence to best practices, but also for the peace of mind that their services can provide.

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Are you a Canadian citizen living in the United States and in need of a Canadian passport? Applying for a Canadian passport from the US doesn’t have to be a daunting process. With a little preparation and understanding of the requirements, you can easily obtain your new passport and be ready for any future travel or identification needs.

Having a Canadian passport is not only a proof of your Canadian citizenship but also allows you to enjoy the benefits and protections provided by the Canadian government while you are abroad. Whether you’re planning a visit back to Canada, exploring new destinations around the world, or simply want to have a valid form of identification, the Canadian passport is an essential document.

In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of how to apply for a Canadian passport from the US. From determining your eligibility to submitting the application, we’ll cover everything you need to know to successfully obtain your Canadian passport.

Before we begin, please note that the process and requirements may vary depending on your specific circumstances, such as your age, previous passport status, and any additional documents you may need. It’s always a good idea to consult the official website of the Government of Canada or contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

Now, let’s dive into the first step of the process: determining your eligibility for a Canadian passport.

Step 1: Determine eligibility for a Canadian passport

Before you begin the application process, it’s essential to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a Canadian passport. Here are the general eligibility criteria:

  • You are a Canadian citizen: To apply for a Canadian passport, you must be a Canadian citizen. If you were born in Canada, you are likely a Canadian citizen by birth. If not, you may have acquired Canadian citizenship through other means, such as through your parents or through the process of naturalization.
  • You are 16 years of age or older: If you are 16 years of age or older, you are eligible to apply for an adult Canadian passport. If you are under 16, you will need to apply for a child passport, and the requirements may vary.

If you meet these basic eligibility requirements, you can proceed with the application process. However, there may be additional factors and requirements to consider based on your unique situation. For example:

  • If you were previously a Canadian citizen but currently hold dual citizenship or citizenship of another country, you might still be eligible for a Canadian passport. Canada allows its citizens to hold multiple citizenships.
  • If you have had a Canadian passport in the past that has expired or been lost/stolen, you may be eligible for a passport renewal or replacement.
  • If you are applying for a child passport, additional documents and requirements, such as parental consent or proof of relationship, may be necessary.

To determine your specific eligibility and any additional requirements, it’s advisable to consult the official website of the Government of Canada or contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate in the United States. They will provide you with accurate and up-to-date information based on your individual circumstances and guide you through the application process.

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, you can proceed with gathering the necessary documents for your Canadian passport application. This will be our next step.

Step 2: Gather necessary documents

Now that you have determined your eligibility for a Canadian passport, it’s time to gather the necessary documents for your application. The required documents may vary depending on your specific situation, but here are the general documents you will typically need:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: You will need to provide proof of your Canadian citizenship, such as a Canadian birth certificate, a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, or a Certificate of Indian Status (for those registered as Indians under the Indian Act).
  • Proof of identity: You must provide proof of your identity. This can be in the form of a valid Canadian driver’s license, a provincial or territorial identification card, or a Canadian citizenship card.
  • Two identical passport photos: You will need to provide two identical, recent passport-sized photos. The photos must meet specific requirements, such as being clear, in color, and taken against a plain, light-colored background.
  • Proof of name change (if applicable): If you have changed your name and your current name is different from the one on your citizenship or identification documents, you will need to provide supporting documents, such as a marriage certificate or a legal name change certificate.

Additionally, depending on your circumstances, you may need to provide additional documentation. For example:

  • If you have been divorced or widowed, you may be required to provide proof of your marital status.
  • If you are applying for a child passport, you will need to submit documents such as the child’s birth certificate, proof of parental relationship, and consent from both parents or legal guardians.
  • If you have lost or had your previous passport stolen, you may need to provide a police report or a statutory declaration explaining the circumstances.

It’s important to carefully review the official application guidelines provided by the Government of Canada to ensure you have all the necessary documents. Missing or inaccurate documentation can result in delays or rejection of your application.

Once you have gathered all the required documents, it’s time to move on to the next step: completing the application form.

Step 3: Complete the application form

Completing the application form is a crucial step in the process of obtaining your Canadian passport from the US. The application form collects important information about you and your travel history. Here’s what you need to know:

Firstly, you should download the application form from the official website of the Government of Canada or obtain a copy from the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate in the United States. Make sure to choose the form that corresponds to your specific situation (e.g., adult passport, child passport, renewal, or replacement).

Next, carefully read the instructions and guidelines provided with the application form. Pay close attention to the information required, any specific instructions for filling out the form, and any supporting documentation that needs to be attached.

When completing the application form, ensure that you provide accurate and up-to-date information. Double-check your details, including your name, date of birth, place of birth, and contact information, to avoid any errors or discrepancies.

If you need assistance or have any questions while filling out the form, do not hesitate to contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for guidance.

It’s important to note that the application form may require you to provide information about your travel history. This includes details about your previous passports, countries visited, durations of stay, and any previous immigration or visa-related issues. It’s essential to provide truthful and accurate information to avoid any potential complications throughout the application process.

Once you have completed the application form, review it thoroughly to ensure that you have answered all the required questions and attached any necessary supporting documents. Keep a copy of the completed form for your records.

At this point, you are ready to move on to the next step: preparing the payment for the application fees.

Step 4: Prepare payment for the application fees

Before submitting your Canadian passport application, you need to prepare the payment for the application fees. The fees may vary depending on the type of passport and services required, so it’s important to check the current fee schedule on the official website of the Government of Canada or contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for accurate information.

Here are some key points to consider when preparing your payment:

  • Accepted payment methods: The Government of Canada typically accepts various payment methods, including credit cards, debit cards, money orders, and certified checks. It’s essential to check the specific payment options accepted by the Canadian embassy or consulate where you are submitting your application.
  • Fee exemptions or reductions: In certain circumstances, individuals may be eligible for fee exemptions or reductions. For example, Canadian Armed Forces members or veterans, children under a certain age, or individuals applying for an emergency travel document. Check the official website or consult with the embassy/consulate to see if you qualify for any fee exemptions or reductions.
  • Currency and exchange rates: If you are paying in a currency other than Canadian dollars, be aware of the current exchange rates and any applicable fees or charges for currency conversion.

Once you have determined the amount to be paid and the accepted payment methods, ensure that you have the necessary funds available. If paying by credit or debit card, make sure that the card has sufficient credit limit or balance to cover the application fees.

Before making the payment, carefully review the fee payment instructions provided by the Canadian embassy or consulate. Ensure that you include all required information and references, such as the purpose of payment and your application reference number, if applicable.

Keep a copy of the payment receipt or transaction confirmation for your records. This will serve as proof of payment, which you may need to submit with your application.

With the payment prepared, you are now ready for the next step: submitting your completed application.

Step 5: Submit the application

After completing the application form and preparing the payment, it’s time to submit your Canadian passport application. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Choose the submission method: You have a few options for submitting your application. You can either mail it to the designated processing center, submit it in person at the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate, or use the online application option if available. Check the official website or contact the embassy/consulate to determine the submission method and location that applies to your situation.
  • Mail-in submission: If mailing your application, make sure to use a secure and traceable shipping method. It’s advisable to include a self-addressed, prepaid return envelope to receive your new passport once it’s processed.
  • In-person submission: If submitting your application in person, check the embassy/consulate’s operating hours and any appointment requirements. Bring all the necessary documents, including the completed application form, payment receipt, and any supporting documentation.
  • Online application: If applying online, follow the instructions provided on the official website. This method allows you to complete the application electronically and upload the required documents.

Ensure that you have carefully reviewed your application and attached all the necessary documents before submitting it. Any missing or incomplete information may result in delays or the rejection of your application.

When submitting your application, consider sending it well in advance of any travel dates or urgent needs for your passport. Processing times can vary, and it’s important to plan accordingly.

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an application reference number or receipt. Keep this information safe, as it will be necessary for tracking the status of your application.

Now, it’s time to move on to the next step: waiting for the processing of your application and tracking its progress.

Step 6: Wait for processing and track your application

After submitting your Canadian passport application, the next step is to patiently wait for its processing. The processing time can vary depending on several factors, such as the current demand and the completeness of your application. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Processing times: The Government of Canada provides estimated processing times on their official website. These times can give you a general idea of how long it may take to process your application. However, it’s important to note that these are only estimates and actual processing times may differ.
  • Application status tracking: To track the progress of your application, you can use the online application status tracking system provided by the Government of Canada. You will need your application reference number or receipt in order to access the status updates. Alternatively, you can contact the Canadian embassy or consulate where you submitted your application for updates.
  • Additional documentation: During the processing of your application, the passport office may request additional documentation or clarification on certain aspects of your application. It’s important to promptly provide any requested information to avoid delays in processing.
  • Issuance of your Canadian passport: Once your application is processed and approved, you will receive your Canadian passport. If you have chosen to have it mailed back to you, it will be sent to the address you provided. If you submitted your application in person, you may be able to collect your passport from the embassy or consulate.

While waiting for your passport to be processed, it’s advisable to avoid making any non-refundable travel plans or bookings that depend on the availability of your passport. It’s important to wait until you have received your passport before confirming any travel arrangements.

If you have any concerns or questions about the status of your application during the processing period, don’t hesitate to contact the Canadian embassy or consulate where you submitted your application. They will be able to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding your application.

Finally, congratulations on reaching this stage of the process! Once your passport is in your hands, you can move on to the final step: enjoying the benefits of being a Canadian passport holder.

Step 7: Receive your Canadian passport

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the application process for your Canadian passport. Now, it’s time to receive your passport and enjoy the benefits that come with it. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Delivery of your passport: If you have provided a self-addressed, prepaid return envelope when submitting your application by mail, your passport will be delivered to the address specified. Make sure to keep an eye out for any delivery updates or notifications. If you submitted your application in person, you may have the option to collect your passport from the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application.
  • Verification upon receipt: When you receive your passport, carefully examine the information on it to ensure that it is accurate and matches your details. Check the spelling of your name, the validity dates, and the passport number. If you notice any errors or discrepancies, contact the Canadian embassy or consulate immediately to rectify the situation.
  • Passport validity: Your Canadian passport will be valid for a certain period of time, typically five or ten years, depending on the type of passport you have obtained. Take note of the expiration date and plan accordingly for passport renewal well in advance of its expiry.
  • Passport care and security: Your Canadian passport is a valuable document, so it’s important to keep it secure and in good condition. Store it in a safe place, use a passport cover for added protection, and avoid any damage that may render it invalid.

With your Canadian passport in hand, you can now enjoy the benefits and privileges that it provides. Your passport allows you to travel internationally, enter and exit Canada, and serves as official proof of your citizenship. It is an important document that you should carry with you whenever you travel.

Remember to always familiarize yourself with the travel requirements and restrictions of the countries you plan to visit. Some countries may require additional permits, visas, or specific entry documentation. Check with the embassy or consulate of the destination country for the most up-to-date information before you travel.

Lastly, ensure that you keep your passport in a safe and accessible place while traveling. It is your responsibility to protect it from loss or theft. If your passport is lost or stolen while abroad, contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate immediately for assistance.

Enjoy your travels and take pride in your Canadian citizenship as you explore the world with your new Canadian passport!

Obtaining a Canadian passport from the United States is a straightforward process that allows Canadian citizens living abroad to enjoy the benefits of their citizenship. By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article and ensuring that you meet the eligibility requirements, gather the necessary documents, complete the application form accurately, and submit the appropriate payment, you can successfully apply for your Canadian passport.

Throughout the application process, it is crucial to stay informed and consult official sources such as the Government of Canada’s website or the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information. This will help you navigate any specific requirements or changes that may apply to your situation.

Once you have submitted your application, the waiting period for processing can vary. It’s important to be patient and utilize the application tracking system provided by the government or contact the embassy/consulate for any updates or inquiries. Once your passport is issued, verify its accuracy upon receipt and take the necessary precautions to keep it safe and secure.

With your Canadian passport in hand, you can travel with peace of mind, enjoying the benefits of Canadian citizenship and the ability to explore the world freely. Remember to familiarize yourself with the entry requirements of the countries you plan to visit and always travel with your passport and necessary documentation.

Applying for a Canadian passport from the United States is a significant step in maintaining your Canadian identity and staying connected to your home country. It provides you with the convenience and peace of mind of having a valid form of identification while abroad. Whether you are planning a visit back to Canada, embarking on new adventures around the world, or simply need an official proof of your Canadian citizenship, your passport will serve as an invaluable document.

Keep in mind that passport renewal will be necessary before your current passport expires, and it’s always advisable to begin the renewal process well in advance to avoid any potential travel disruptions. Stay informed and current on the requirements and renew your passport on time to continue enjoying the benefits and convenience it offers.

Obtaining your Canadian passport is an exciting milestone that opens the doors to endless opportunities and adventures. Embrace the journey, and may your Canadian passport accompany you on many remarkable experiences ahead.

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A Canadian passport , according to the report, allows visa-free travel to 183 countries, making it one of the best in the world.

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This year, the Singaporean passport was the most widely recognized (granting access to 193 countries), with Japan close behind (granting access to 192 countries). Afghanistan's passport came in last year, allowing visa-free travel to 27 countries.

Using a Canadian passport to travel:

Having a Canadian passport affects your travel plans. It allows for unrestricted exit and entry into Canada without the need for permits, visas, or other travel restrictions. However, only Canadian citizens, not permanent residents or those with temporary status, are eligible to receive passports.

As previously stated, Canadian passport holders have visa-free access to over 183 countries around the world, including:

The United States;

The United Kingdom;

The Schengen Area;

Australia and New Zealand;

South Korea;

Brazil; and

The United Arab Emirates.

If you apply for a Canadian passport , you do not have to give up your current passport. Canada allows dual citizenship and thus multiple passports (if one's home country also allows dual citizenship). As a result, you can keep as many passports as you qualify for.

You must first obtain citizenship.

Obtaining citizenship is required before applying for a Canadian passport. There are several steps to this.

You must first be a permanent resident of Canada and follow the physical presence rules of the country. For example, you must show that you have lived in Canada for at least three of the last five years, which equates to 1,095 days.

You must also file your taxes, if applicable. Passing a Canadian citizenship test and demonstrating your language skills are also required to highlight your comprehension and communication abilities.

Even if you obtained your permanent resident status in another way, these conditions must be met. If you choose the naturalization route, it usually takes at least three years to obtain Canadian citizenship.

You may be eligible to inherit citizenship status from your parent if you are the direct child of a Canadian citizen (who was a citizen at the time of your birth).

How to Apply for a Canadian Passport:

You can apply for a passport after you have completed your citizenship ceremony and received your citizenship certificate. Every Canadian citizen is eligible to apply for this document, and it is rare to be found ineligible. If you are found ineligible, your citizenship may be revoked due to misrepresentation on your application or if there are security concerns, violations of human or international rights, or connections to organized crime associated with your application.

The application process for a Canadian passport also necessitates the submission of specific documentation. Your citizenship certificate is one of the most important documents, and you must submit an original copy of your application. Even Canadians born in Canada must present a birth certificate as proof of citizenship.

Your application form will require several documents, including:

Proof of Canadian citizenship (only a citizenship certificate or a birth certificate from Canada);

Any valid Canadian passport or other type of travel document issued in your name (such as a refugee travel document or identity certificate);

Two letters of recommendation in support of your passport application;

A document proving your identity; and

Two passport-sized photographs that are identical

You will also need a guarantor when applying for your first passport. A guarantor must meet certain requirements, which vary depending on the type of passport and the location from which your application is submitted.

You can apply for a passport online and then complete the process at a Service Canada location, either with a pre-arranged appointment or as a walk-in.

Passport Processing Time:

The demand for new passports and passport renewals among Canadians is currently high, owing to the easing of travel restrictions caused by the pandemic around the world.

The Canadian government has recently launched a tool to track processing times . As of now, it appears that the time it takes to process a passport application from within Canada can range from regular service (10-20 business days) to urgent service, which can take anywhere from 2-9 days, or as little as by the end of the next day.

As a result, if you intend to travel outside of Canada in the near future, you should start the application process as soon as possible.

Other Benefits:

Aside from unrestricted travel, a Canadian passport has several other benefits. With the passport, you will be recognized as a Canadian citizen, with all of the same rights and freedoms as any other citizen, including the ability to vote in elections, run for political office, and apply for jobs that may require higher security clearances.

Another significant benefit is the elimination of the hassle of status renewal every five years, which is usually required for permanent residents. This translates into lower application submission costs and avoiding the hassle of approaching Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for extensions.

Finally, new permanent residents receive free benefits in Canada for the first year of their new citizenship. Over 80% of permanent residents in Canada prefer to become citizens, owing primarily to these advantages.

Obtaining Your Passport:

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Applying for a Canadian passport is an important step toward enjoying all the rights that come with being a Canadian. As with any other step in the immigration process, it must be followed carefully, as any misrepresentation (known or unknown) can result in serious penalties and even loss of status. As a result, many people choose to hire immigration lawyers to handle their passport applications, not only to ensure that best practices are followed but also for the peace of mind that their services can provide.

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VISA-FREE countries for Canadian PR holder

As a Canadian PR card holder, you can enjoy VISA-FREE travel to certain countries. As of 2024, there are 35 VISA-FREE countries for Canadian PR holders. This includes Mexico, countries in the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Asia. 

In this article, you will learn which countries Canadian permanent residents can travel to without visa along with the duration of stay and entry requirements for those countries.

So without further due, let’s get started. 

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What are the visa-free countries for canadian pr holders in 2024.

The VISA-FREE countries for Canadian PR holders in 2024 are:

  • Anguilla (British Territory) (90 days)
  • Antigua and Barbuda (30 days)
  • Armenia (VOA for 21 or 120 days, select nationalities only)
  • Aruba (30 days)
  • Bahamas (30 days)
  • Belize (30 days)
  • Bermuda (British Territory) (30 days)
  • Bonaire (Dutch Territory) (90 days)
  • Cayman Islands (British Territory) (30 days)
  • Costa Rica (30 days)
  • Curaçao (90 days)
  • Dominican Republic (90 days)
  • El Salvador (90 days)
  • Georgia (90 days)
  • Guatemala (90 days)
  • Honduras (90 days)
  • Japan (eVisa, 90 days)
  • Jordan (eVisa, 90 days)
  • Mexico (180 days or less)
  • Moldova (90 days)
  • Montenegro (30 days)
  • Morocco (eVisa, 90 days)
  • Nicaragua (VOA, 30 days)
  • Oman (VOA for 30 days, select nationalities only)
  • Panama (30 days)
  • Peru (180 days)
  • Philippines (14 days, India only)
  • Qatar (eVisa, 30 days)
  • Singapore (96 hours TWOV, India and China only)
  • Sint Maarten (30 days)
  • South Korea (30 days while transiting, select nationalities only)
  • Taiwan (eTA, 14 days, select nationalities only)
  • Thailand (eVisa, 60 days)
  • Turks and Caicos (British Territory) (90 days)
  • United Kingdom (24-hour entry while transiting)

How many countries you can visit with Canadian PR?

In 2024, you can visit 35 countries with a Canadian PR without requiring a separate visa. Your Canadian permanent resident card must be valid and should be accompanied by a valid passport from your country. Here are the requirements in short.

  • Must hold a valid Canada Permanent Resident card
  • Must hold a valid passport from your country of nationality
  • Must be from an eligible nationality and must follow entry requirements

Let’s look into each of these 35 Canadian PR VISA-FREE countries in detail.

North America

Beach in Tulum, Mexico

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Entry granted: Varies depending on the itinerary
  • Entry rule: Canada PR card must be valid for the entire stay in Mexico
  • Official source: National Institute of Migration in Mexico

Central America

  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Official source: Consulate of Belize in Alberta, Canada

03. Costa Rica

  • Entry rule: Canada PR cards must be valid for at least 3 months from the day of arrival
  • Official source: Embassy of Costa Rica in Ottawa, Canada

04. El Salvador

  • Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Turkmenistan
  • Entry granted: 90 days total in the entire CA-4 zone (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua)
  • If entering by air, a fee of 12 USD will be charged for a tourist card
  • If you have already entered Guatemala or Honduras, you can enter El Salvador from Guatemala or Honduras by land without any additional visa requirements as per CA-4 Border Control Agreement
  • Official source: IATA Travel Centre

05. Guatemala

  • Côte d´Ivoire
  • Dominican Republic
  • Entry rule: If you have already entered Honduras or El Salvador, you can enter Guatemala from Honduras or El Salvador by land without any additional visa requirements as per CA-4 Border Control Agreement. 
  • Official source: Embassy of Guatemala in Ottawa, Canada

06. Honduras

  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • South Sudan
  • Entry rule: If you have already entered Guatemala or El Salvador, you can enter Honduras from Guatemala or El Salvador by land without any additional visa requirements as per CA-4 Border Control Agreement. 

07. Nicaragua

  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Congo, Dem Rep of
  • Congo, Rep of
  • Sierra Leone
  • Timor-Leste
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL
  • VOA fee is 50 USD, payable in USD, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • Besides VOA fee, there is a 10 USD tourist card fee, a 2 USD land border migration fee (for land border only) and 1 USD municipality tax (for land border only) (payable in USD only)
  • Canada PR must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
  • Must show proof of economic solvency for a minimum of 500 USD
  • Official source: Consulate of Panama in Toronto, Canada

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09. Anguilla (British Territory)

  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Official Source: Anguilla Tourist Board, entry requirements

10. Antigua and Barbuda

  • VOA fee is 100 USD, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • Official source: Department of Immigration, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Official source: Netherlands Worldwide

12. Bahamas

  • If traveling directly from Canada, the Canada PR card must be valid for at least 3 months from the day of arrival
  • If not traveling directly from Canada, the Canada PR card must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
  • Official source: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

13. Bermuda (British Territory)

  • Canada PR card must be valid for a minimum of 45 days beyond the date of departure from Bermuda
  • Passport must be valid for a minimum of 45 days beyond the date of departure from Bermuda
  • Official source: Government of Bermuda

14. Bonaire (Dutch Territory)

15. cayman islands (british territory).

  • Entry rule: On arrival, you must present a return ticket back to Canada (not to a third country)
  • Official source: Cayman Islands Customs and Border Controls

16. Curaçao

  • E ntry granted: 90 days

17. Dominican Republic

  • Entry rule: If arriving by land or sea, must purchase a Tourist Card on arrival for 20 USD. If arriving by air, the tourist card is included in the airfare. 
  • Official source: Ministry of Tourism of Dominican Republic

18. Sint Maarten

19. turks and caicos (british territory).

  • Official source: Ministry of Border Control of Turks and Caicos

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South America

  • Entry granted: 180 days
  • Entry rule: Canada PR must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival 
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru

Georgia entry and exit stamps in Thirumal's passport

21. Armenia

  • Marshall Islands
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Entry granted: 21 or 120 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL
  • VOA fee is 3,000 AMD, valid for 21 days, single-entry (OR) 15,000 AMD, valid for 120 days, single-entry
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia

22. Georgia

  • Canada PR must be valid on the day of arrival in Georgia
  • Total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

23. Moldova

  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • South Africa
  • Entry rule: Canada PR must be valid for the intended period of stay
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova

24. Montenegro

  • Official source: Government of Montenegro

25. United Kingdom

  • Entry granted: 24 hours only (Transit Without Visa)
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to request a 24-hour entry at London (LHR) or Manchester (MAN) airports
  • You must be traveling to or from Canada
  • Must arrive and depart by air 
  • Must hold the boarding pass for the onward flight
  • Onward flight must be within 24 hours (on the same day or the next day before midnight)
  • Granting the 24-hour entry is at the sole discretion of the immigration officer
  • Official source: GOV.UK

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Middle East

  • Congo, Dem. Rep. Of
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to apply for Jordan E-Visa
  • Official source: Jordan E-Visa
  • El Salvador
  • Entry granted: 10 or 30 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Oman 26M or 26N Tourist Visa online
  • 26M eVIsa fee is 20 OMR, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • 26N eVIsa fee is 5 OMR, valid for 10 days, single-entry only
  • Official source: Sultanate of Oman, Royal Oman Police
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for A3 Visa online on the Hayya portal
  • A3 Visa fee is QAR 100, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • Must provide hotel booking for the entire stay reserved through the Discover Qatar website
  • Canada PR must be valid on the day of the A3 Visa application

29. Morocco

  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for Morocco e-Visa online
  • E-Visa fee is 770 MAD, valid for 180 days, single-entry only
  • Canada PR permit must be valid for at least 90 days from the day of arrival
  • Official source: Morocco E-Visa Portal
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible for Japan eVisa
  • eVisa fee is JPY 3,000, valid for 90 days, single-entry
  • Must submit proof of residence to prove that you reside in Canada
  • Must show the visa issuance confirmation via the eVisa website on your phone at the immigration (Prints and PDFs are not accepted)
  • Must enter Japan by flight only
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

31. Philippines

  • Eligible nationalities: India passport holders only
  • Entry granted: 14 days, extendable for another 7 days
  • Canada PR must be valid for the entire duration of the stay
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure
  • Official source: Embassy of the Philippines in India

32. Singapore

  • Entry granted: 96 hours (4 days)
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to obtain Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF) upon arrival
  • Must be traveling to or from the country of passport. Example: Must be traveling to a third country from India via Singapore or traveling to India from a third country via Singapore. An example itinerary would be India-Singapore-Bali or Bali-Singapore-India.
  • Both arriving and departing flights in Singapore must be on the same itinerary
  • Canada PR must be valid for at least 1 month at the time of arrival
  • Official source: Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

33. South Korea

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities (except these 23 nationalities – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameron, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Yemen)
  • Entry rule: Must be traveling to/from Canada through South Korea
  • Official source: South Korea Embassy in Washington DC, USA
  • Entry granted: 14 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to apply for ROC Travel Authorization Certificate  
  • ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is free of charge, valid for 90 days, multiple-entry
  • If using an EXPIRED Canada PR card, the PR card must have expired within the last 10 years
  • Official source: Bureau of Consular Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan)

35. Thailand

  • Entry granted: 60 days, extendable for another 30 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for Thailand e-Visa online
  • E-Visa fee is 40 USD, valid for 90 days or 180 days, single or multiple-entry
  • Official source: Thai E-Visa Portal

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Can you use a Canadian visa to travel to these countries?

Yes, you can also use a valid Canadian visa to travel to these countries. However, the eligibility and entry requirements vary depending on what Canadian visa you hold. Refer to my article on VISA-FREE countries for Canada visa for more details. 

There you go, folks! 35 countries and territories that a Canadian PR holder can visit in 2024. Though most of them are Visa-Free, some countries require you to obtain VOA at the airport or apply for an eVisa before your travel.

Change history:  For those who are interested, here are the changes to this list.

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Visit our Mobile Apps Directory for other approved CBP applications for easy download from the Google Play and the Apple App Store.

How does MPC Work?

After downloading the MPC Application from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, eligible travelers will be prompted to create a profile with their passport or LPR card information. Upon arrival at eligible Preclearance locations users must select their mode of entry in the application as "Preclearance" before selecting their departing Preclearance Port of Entry. If a traveler is not using preclearance, upon landing in the United States, travelers will select "U.S. airport" as their mode of entry and then select their arrival airport or seaport and terminal. Travelers will then take a self-photo and answer a series of CBP inspection-related questions. Once the traveler submits their transaction through the app, travelers will then bring their physical passport to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States.

Cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity is required to send information, but travelers may complete profile(s) without being connected to the internet.

Where can eligible travelers use MPC?

CBP uses the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) application to streamline the processing of eligible travelers entering the United States. Eligible travelers with a smartphone or tablet may voluntarily download the Mobile Passport Control (MPC)-enabled mobile application (app) from a mobile application store (e.g., Apple App Store or Google Play Store).

The MPC mobile app, is available to U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Canadian B1/B2 citizen visitors and returning Visa Waiver Program travelers with approved ESTA. MPC is currently available at the following 51 sites, including 33 U.S. International Airports, 14 Preclearance locations, and 4 seaports of entry:

  • Abu Dhabi Zayed International Airport (AUH) 
  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
  • Aruba Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
  • Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Houston William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
  • Las Vegas Harry Ried International Airport (LAS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Miami Seaport
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Montreal Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Ottawa International Airport (YOW)
  • Palm Beach Seaport
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Port Everglades Seaport
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • San Juan Airport (SJU)
  • San Juan Seaport
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • Shannon Airport (SNN)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Winnipeg James A Richardson International Airport (YWG)

What are the benefits of using MPC?

MPC provides a more efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler. Since the administrative tasks are performed by the traveler prior to the passport control inspection, MPC reduces passport control inspection time and overall wait times.

When will I be able to submit my information to CBP through an MPC app?

Travelers should submit their information upon arrival at the port of entry, including preclearance locations.

Does MPC replace my passport?

No, travelers must present a valid U.S. Passport, U.S. lawful permanent resident card, Canadian passport or a Visa Waiver Program passport to a CBP officer upon arrival.  

Will I still have to go through the processing lines if I use MPC?

Yes, travelers will still be processed by a CBP officer. Travelers using MPC will be directed to a specific processing lane for a streamlined entry process.

Do travelers still have to fill out a declaration form?

No. Travelers will answer CBP inspection-related questions electronically via their smartphone or tablet. If a traveler has already filled out a CBP declaration form, it can be turned in to a CBP Officer.

Can groups use MPC?

Yes, up to 12 travelers can be added under 1 group submission. 

Is using MPC secure?

Yes, the traveler’s document information and answers to CBP inspection-related questions are submitted directly to CBP via secure encryption protocols. The information you enter on the authorized applications are securely transmitted to CBP which sends a response to the apps, generating the electronic receipt you may display when entering the MPC queue. The authorized apps provide the option to store your profile on your smartphone or tablet for future travel or deleting it after your trip. Please note that the photo taken on the application will need to be updated periodically. CBP recommends travelers review the application’s privacy policy prior to download and use. Only information entered after the traveler acknowledges CBP’s notices (i.e., CBP’s mobile privacy policy, Section 311 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, Disclaimer Statement and the Paperwork Reduction Act Notice) is required to be compliant with CBP’s MPC business requirements.

What happens if my flight is diverted to a different airport?

Travelers will not be able to use MPC if their flight is diverted to a U.S. airport that does not utilize MPC processing. Upon arrival at the diverted airport, travelers will follow standard processing procedures. If you were processed by a CBP officer in Preclearance, you would land as a domestic passenger and can proceed to your destination or connecting flight.

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Children traveling to the U.S.

All children, including infants, must have their own travel documents such as a passport or document from a Trusted Traveler Program to enter the U.S. If you travel or are going to travel with a child, consider taking the following documents:

  • If the child is traveling with only one of their custodial parents, they must have a letter of consent, preferably in English and notarized, from the other parent or signed by both parents. The letter should say "I acknowledge that my son/daughter is traveling outside the country with [the name of the adult] with my permission."
  • If one parent has sole custody of the child, a copy of the custody document can take the place of the other parent's letter.
  • Parents who frequently cross the border by land with a minor must always carry a letter of permission from the other parent.

U.S. citizen children traveling abroad

Ports of entry in many countries have security measures to prevent international child abduction . If you are traveling alone with your child, you may be required to present documentation proving you are the parent or legal guardian. You may also need a letter of permission from the other parent for your child to travel. 

If your child travels alone, depending on the country, they may be required to present a notarized letter from both parents or their legal guardian. If a minor is traveling abroad and is not accompanied by both parents or a legal guardian, contact the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting and ask about entry and exit requirements for that country.

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World Trade Organization: Canada’s Trade Policy Review, June 2024: UK Statement

The UK's Permanent Representative to the WTO and UN in Geneva, Simon Manley, gave a statement during Canada's WTO Trade Policy Review.

Simon Manley CMG

Monsieur le Président, permettez-moi de souhaiter chaleureusement la bienvenue à la délégation Canadienne - dirigée par Monsieur Jay Allen, Directeur Général des négociations commerciales, We are grateful to the Government of Canada and to the WTO Secretariat for their reports, and to you and the Discussant H.E. Mr. Matthew Wilson for facilitating this review with their insights.

Chair, the UK–Canada relationship is among the closest enjoyed by any two countries in the world, demonstrating, as that Canadian icon, Celine Dion would concisely put it, The Power Of Love. We are both members of the Commonwealth, the G7, the G20, NATO, the OECD, and in the coming months, of CPTPP. We share the same head of State, whose official birthday we will celebrating tonight. Our closeness is underpinned by a shared outlook on the world, and we are both driven by the goal of open, values-based democracy achieved through rules-based international institutions and agreements. Like the UK, this has included standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine in the face of the impact of Russia’s law-busting aggression, including just this last weekend at the Peace Summit in Burgenstock.

Turning to the WTO: as you yourself said in your opening remarks, Director General, we would agree that the WTO is an institution that has significant inherent value, that it must be relevant and responsive to challenges, and that we must all work together - including through the WTO - to ensure the benefits of trade extend to underrepresented people.

It is against this context our shared values also ensure that Canada is one of the UK’s closest partners within the WTO. We work closely together, alongside other Members - both developing and developed - towards reform of the WTO within areas such as industrial policy, the environment, and restoring a fully functioning dispute settlement system.

And, Chair, Canada’s input across the WTO agenda at-large is significant. As the proud co-chair of the WTO’s Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender, I can attest to the impact of Canada’s work within that forum, where Canada has taken a leading role in driving forward work on data analysis in particular.

Here it would be remiss of me not to also recognise Canada’s numerous efforts to advance trade and gender equality domestically through initiatives such as the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, and, internationally, through gender provisions in its trade agreements. The UK submitted questions seeking to learn from Canada’s impressive example on Trade and Gender, and we were grateful to receive a number of insightful answers.

Indeed, Canada’s responsive answers to almost all of the UK’s advanced written questions across the board - and ongoing engagement with this important transparency exercise - is greatly appreciated, but not at all surprising.

Looking more broadly, Canada has consistently proved itself to be one of the most active Members of the WTO, through its continual leadership and hard work within Joint Initiatives and negotiations, and of course the eloquence and effervescence of its distinguished Permanent Representative and my dear friend Ambassador Nadia Theodore.

Canada is one of the most proactive WTO Members across the full range of regular work across committees, which are of course the engine of this Organization. Here Canada continues to breathe life into the agenda in bodies across the spectrum, through their many constructive proposals and work on transparency - thus fuelling the WTO’s relevance to the real world outside during what is a period of considerable global uncertainty. Canada plays a similarly constructive role within the G7, G20, and OECD, making it one of the world’s foremost champions of the rules-based international trading system.

Economic Security

  • The UK also appreciates Canada’s support in upholding the international rules-based economic order, including by making hostile actions harder through strong collaboration against global security threats, unfair trading practices, and economic coercion. An open and resilient global economy is a fundamental pillar for all of our economic and national security interests. By working collaboratively with Canada and other international partners, we can further promote economic openness and strengthen our collective economic resilience.

Bilateral Trade

Chair, the values of economic openness and fairness which define the UK and Canada’s cooperation on a global stage have also long defined the UK-Canada bilateral trading relationship. Worth around 26 billion pounds a year, our bilateral trade is underpinned by the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement. And we are always looking for ways to deepen, expand, and modernise our already strong partnership, including through UK accession to the CPTPP.

The UK was particularly pleased to read within Canada’s government report that, ‘In the face of global uncertainty, the government of Canada has prioritised pursuit of trade diversification and free trade in order to drive continued global economic growth, rather than turning inward and retreating to protectionism.’

We believe that by continuing to prioritise free trade in the face of protectionism, the UK and Canada can continue to strengthen our bilateral trading relationship. For instance, we welcome the efforts of UK and Canadian regulators to drive forward the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications across a range of professions and look forward to them striking agreements that benefit each of our economies.

 Market Access Barriers

We would welcome similar engagement on a number of other issues which restrict trade between the UK and Canada. For instance, we want to ensure that UK suppliers have fair access to procurement opportunities across Canada and its provinces, and we have submitted questions seeking to clarify some of these processes.

When exporting alcohol to Canada, UK exporters face cost-of-service fees which are applied differently for domestic and foreign suppliers and additional bureaucratic barriers for imported spirits set by provincial liquor boards. Also, UK exports of specialty creams are currently limited to only one importer, who believes that they could import more than the current limit of 60,000 kg per year. So, we hope to see real improvements here.

And most of all, Chair, the UK asks that Canada clarifies how it intends to resize EU and Non-EU reserves of its Cheese Tariff Rate Quota to reflect the UK’s historic cheese exports to Canada, to ensure Canada’s significant and growing consumer demand for UK cheese can be met, and to ensure Canada is compliant with Article XIII of the GATT.

I am sure that the millions of Canadian consumers who are yet to sample Devon clotted cream, Scotch Whisky, and Cornish cheese, would appreciate greater access to these culinary delights, as would the hundreds of thousands of British Citizens living in Canada.

I began by discussing how close the relationship between the UK and Canada is, and I want to conclude on that same note. Chair, the UK admires Canada: for its work within the WTO, for its laudable ambitions on Climate Change, for its pioneering trade and gender policies, for commitment to free and open trade, and for Canada’s respect for democracy. We share historic people to people links, and continue to host a huge number of each other’s citizens, enriching both our cultures.

Indeed, our deep cultural connection will be further reinforced next week, when none other than Shania Twain plays the coveted Legends Slot at the 2024 Glastonbury Festival.

Whatever restrictions we face within our trading relationship, we believe that we can depend upon that closeness. When I look to the past – and, in the words of Celine Dion, it’s all coming back to me – I reflect on the foundation that the UK and Canada have already built together on trade. This is the basis of an even stronger and more open relationship for the future. And to slightly rephrase the words of the great Canadian artist, Neil Young… Canada: keep on rockin’ in the (free) trade world! Thank you Chair.

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Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada

Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada - not both. Some people may only need their valid passport. Answer a few questions to see what's right for you.

See all entry requirements by country/territory

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You can find the country code on your passport. Be careful when you select your country. Some countries have multiple options and codes are quite similar.

Answer yes if you’re a citizen of Canada and another country.

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Look on the front cover of your passport for the symbol of a rectangle with a circle in the middle. If you see this symbol, you have an electronic passport.

Answer: You need a visitor visa

For visits of up to 6 months for most purposes. Cost: CAN $100

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Answer: You need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

For visits of up to 6 months or to transit via a Canadian airport. Cost: CAN $7

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Answer: You need a valid Canadian passport

You need a  valid Canadian passport  to travel to Canada by air (board your flight).

Exception: If you’re an American-Canadian dual citizen with a valid U.S. passport, you don’t need a Canadian passport to fly to Canada. However, you still need to  carry proper identification Opens in a new tab  and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada Opens in a new tab .

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Answer: You need a valid passport or travel document to travel to Canada by car, train, bus or boat

If you decide to fly to a Canadian airport instead, you'll need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

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Answer: You need official proof of status in the U.S.

Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. must present these documents for all methods of travel to Canada:

  • a valid passport from their country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document ) and
  • a valid green card (or equivalent valid proof of status in the United States)

Answer: You need a transit visa 

To connect between 2 international flights, in less than 48 hours. Cost: Free

Note: If you have more than 48 hours between international flights OR if you decide to visit Canada, you need to apply for a visitor visa.

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Answer: You can apply for a parent and grandparent super visa to visit for more than 6 months

  • The super visa is for visits of 5 years at a time .
  • a letter from your child or grandchild with a promise to financially support you for the duration of your visit in Canada.
  • More information on approved insurance providers outside of Canada will be available in the coming months.
  • be valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry to Canada
  • provide at least $100,000 in emergency coverage.
  • You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada.
  • Cost: CAN $100

Note : If you don't meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for a visitor visa.

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Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). An eTA allows for visits of up to 6 months.

Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with a valid identity document. Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with

  • a valid passport from your country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document Opens in a new tab ) and
  • official proof of lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., such as a green card

Answer: You need a valid identity document

Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for a visitor visa.

When you travel to Canada, bring your

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved, if you received one
  • valid passport that has your visitor visa stuck to one of its pages

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Answer: You should already have a valid visitor visa

We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first study or work permit.

If you leave and return to Canada,  you must travel with:

  • your valid study or work permit
  • If you don’t have a valid visa when you check-in for a flight, it may result in travel delays (or a missed flight).
  • your valid passport

Exception : If you return directly from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

If your visa has expired or was only valid for a single entry to Canada

You need to  apply for a new visa Opens in a new tab .

  • A visa costs CAN$100.
  • It’s valid for up to 10 years.

If your study or work permit will expire soon, you must extend it before you can apply for a new visitor visa.

You need a visitor visa to leave and return to Canada.  Apply for your visa before you leave.

You can apply for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:

  • you’re already in Canada
  • you hold a valid study or work permit
  • you want to  leave and return to Canada  in the near future
  • your existing  visitor visa Opens in a new tab  is expired or was valid for only one entry

Exception : If you return  directly  from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing times  don’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

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You need a  visitor visa  to travel to Canada.

A visitor visa:

  • is a sticker we put in your passport
  • costs CAN$100

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a study permit

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa for you

  • letter of introduction that says your work permit application is approved, if you received one

Learn about working in Canada Opens in a new tab

We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first work permit.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

Apply for a visitor visa

Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a work permit

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA)

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for an eTA.

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Answer: You need an eTA to leave and return to Canada

Your study permit lets you study in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

What you need depends on your travel plans.

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If you re-enter by a Canadian airport (fly back to Canada)

You must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to a valid eTA and
  • your valid study permit
  • costs CAN $7
  • is electronically linked to your passport

If you received your current study permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

If you don’t have an eTA or yours has expired, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA.

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If you re-enter Canada by car, boat, bus or train

  • a valid passport and

Answer: If you fly to a Canadian airport, you need an eTA

  • costs CAN$7

Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you drive or arrive by train, bus or boat

You just need a  valid passport or travel document Opens in a new tab  to get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat.

Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA) for you

  • valid passport that you used to apply for your work permit

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Your work permit lets you work in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

  • your valid work permit

If you received your current work permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

  • your valid work or study permit

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work or study permit

When you travel to Canada, you must bring your:

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

If you’re driving or arriving by train, bus, or boat.

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If you fly to or transit through a Canadian airport

You just need to travel with your valid U.S. passport if you fly or transit through a Canadian airport.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit
  • valid work or study permit

Answer: Your permit is not an eTA or a visa

When you extend your study permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to your valid eTA  and
  • a valid visitor and

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When you extend your work permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • a valid visitor visa and

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

You can apply for an  eTA  if you travel to Canada  by air only .

  • is only valid when flying to or transiting through a Canadian airport

Most applicants get their eTA approval within minutes (via email). However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa  you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If your travel plans change

You need a  visitor visa  (not an eTA) if you decide to  get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat  instead.

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit and
  • official proof of U.S. lawful permanent resident status

Answer: You need valid proof of lawful permanent resident status of the U.S. to leave and return to Canada

  • valid study permit,
  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit, and

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

  • valid passport or travel document and

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit and
  • valid work permit
  • valid work permit,

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa , you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If you transit through Canada to or from the United States

You  may  be able to  transit through Canada without a visa or eTA if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

You need an official proof of status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., such as one of the following:

  • valid permanent resident card (Form I-551)
  • foreign passport with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (also known as an Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication [ADIT] stamp)
  • foreign passport with a temporary I-551 printed notation (“Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year”) on a machine-readable immigrant visa upon endorsement with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection admission stamp
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status)
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card [Green Card])
  • valid re-entry permit (Form I-327)
  • Form I-94 with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (ADIT stamp) and a passport-style photo

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Service Canada’s Summer Passport Application Service Options for Canadians

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

News release

With a change in season and the school year coming to an end for many families, Canadians are planning their summer vacations, and this may include international travel. Some Canadians will be travelling to Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics and the Summer Paralympics, to support their favourite athletes or even to take part in the games themselves.

June 12, 2024                Gatineau, Quebec                    Employment and Social Development Canada

With a change in season and the school year coming to an end for many families, Canadians are planning their summer vacations, and this may include international travel. Some Canadians will be travelling to Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics and the Summer Paralympics, to support their favourite athletes or even to take part in the games themselves. Service Canada wants to encourage future travellers to have a valid passport before booking a trip.   

  • Canadians who do not have immediate travel plans can take advantage of 20-business-day passport service, available for applications submitted in person at most Service Canada Centres and scheduled outreach sites, and by mail. Wait times can be shorter at these offices than at passport offices. This 20-business-day processing time does not include mailing time.
  • For those who need a passport sooner, 39 Service Canada Centres and all passport offices across the country offer 10-business-day service. This service does not include mailing time. At most of these sites, clients have the option to pick up their passport once it’s ready.
  • If a passport is needed in less than 10 business days, Canadians must visit an office that offers urgent or express pick-up services. For more information, visit the Get urgent, express or emergency weekend passport services webpage.

Clients who want information on the status of their submitted passport application can visit the online Passport Application Status Checker . This digital tool allows applicants to get updates on their applications without needing to call or visit Service Canada. Those who applied in person will need the file or reference number from their receipt. For mailed applications or those without a number, clients can request to receive the number at the email that was provided in the application. The status for in-person applications will be available after 5 business days, and 10 business days for mailed applications.

Canadians are also reminded to check the destination’s entry and exit requirements , since the passport may need to be valid for a certain period once they enter or leave the destination. For example, Canadians who are planning to attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris this summer will need to have a passport that is valid at least three months beyond the date they expect to return to Canada.

This year, we will experience a significant number of applications for renewing 10-year validity passports, which were first issued in July 2013.

Service Canada issued approximately 33% more passports in fiscal year 2023-2024 than the previous year and exceeded the performance target by processing 92% of passport applications within service standards. Service Canada is committed to once again exceeding the performance target of 90% for 2024-2025.

For all the details on Service Canada Centres, passport offices and scheduled outreach sites, visit the Find a Service Canada Office webpage. 

“Many Canadians will travel outside the country in the coming months and need a passport. Service Canada is ready to process applications and deliver passports to Canadians. We are focused on taking every measure possible to eliminate the need to wait in line and to ensure the best client experience for Canadians.” – Minister of Citizens’ Services, Terry Beech

Quick facts

The service standard for applications submitted at passport offices and Service Canada Centres offering 10-day passport service is 10 business days, plus mail time if pick-up is not required.

The service standard for applications submitted at regular Service Canada Centres, scheduled outreach sites and by mail is 20 business days, plus mail time. 

The performance target for application processing is for at least 90% of complete applications to be processed within these service standards. 

All Service Canada points of service in Quebec will remain open during the construction holiday (from July 22 to August 2, 2024). 

Clients can book appointments for passport services at their nearest Service Canada locations on eServiceCanada . Appointment availability may vary, and all passport application form(s) must be completed prior to the appointment.

Estimated wait times at offices offering the 10-business-day service can be found at the Find a passport service location in Canada webpage.

For 2024–25, Service Canada expects to receive between 5.19 million and 5.74 million passport applications. 

Passport Program statistics  are published online, and all data is updated monthly.

Associated links

  • Passport Application Status Checker 
  • Canadian passports and travel documents
  • Travel advice and advisories
  • Find a Service Canada Office
  • Welcome to the eServiceCanada Appointment Booking Tool
  • Passport Program statistics
  • Service Canada (Passport Canada) on Facebook
  • Canadian Passport Program on X (Twitter)

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