At Preszler Immigration Lawyers, we are often contacted by people who wish to apply for a Canadian passport. Most people, however, do not appreciate that the forms and documents that you will be required to submit may vary depending on where you are located. At this time, there are three different applications: 1) persons located in Canada; 2) persons located in the United States; 3) persons located outside of Canada and the United States.
For persons within Canada, you must be at least 16 years of age or older and be a Canadian citizen. You must also satisfy the eligibility requirements in order to apply for a new passport or renew your existing passport. To apply for a new Canadian passport you have to be a Canadian citizen. To renew your passport, your current passport must be valid or cannot be expired for more than a year, have the same date of birth and place of birth that you would like to put on your new passport together with the same name and sex. Your passport must’ve also been issued within a five or 10 year period and must not be damaged or have been reported lost or stolen. Passport must’ve also been issued when you are at least 16 years of age.
For persons within the United States, your application must be filed to the appropriate address. If however, you happen to be in Canada, you can apply in person at the passport office and make arrangements to pick it up or have it delivered to an address in Canada or to your home address in the United States. Unfortunately, Government of Canada consulates do not provide passport services.
For persons outside of the United States and Canada, you will be required to submit your application to a government of Canada passport issuing office abroad. If for whatever reason you happen to be in Canada, you can apply in person at a passport office.