Like many other nations, Canada issues its residents with an electronic passport (ePassport). An e-Passport is a 36-page book with a data chip inside, identical like a Canadian passport. It includes fundamental details about the passenger that can be used to recognize them.
You must have your passport with you at all times as proof of identification if you are a citizen of Canada. You must submit your passport, which will be scanned to confirm your identity, in order to enter a nation.
According to the Global Passport Index of Montreal-based financial institution Arton Capital, the Canadian passport is now ranked tenth in the world.
You can visit over 114 countries without a visa if you have a Canadian passport.
- To help identify you and reduce fraud or identity theft.
- A Canadian passport is used to identify Canadian citizens anywhere in the world
- An e-Passport helps to uniquely identify a person’s country of origin, which country a traveler is coming from, and where they are going.
- Enhanced Privacy protection
- Ease of handling entry and exit at border controls with automated passport readers.
Documents and Requirements for Canadian Passport Applications
- Proof of Canadian citizenship
- A valid document that authenticates your identity
- Two identical passport photograph
- A valid and recent Canadian travel document issued to you in your name.
- Your application form signed within the past 12 months and duly certified by a guarantor.
- Additional documents may be required (Such as language test score) in their original copies, and those not written in English or French will be submitted along with a proper translation.
Steps To Get Your Own Canadian Passport
You must be at least 16 years old and a Canadian citizen to apply for a Canadian passport. Parents or guardians may apply on behalf of their minor children. Here are a few steps to follow.
- Download or get the Application form from IRCC official website, or the Passport office directly.
- Fill out the application form correctly and sign each page.
- Attach all necessary documents to the form, especially the two identical passport photographs.
- Obtain a guarantor and two references to help confirm your identity. Your guarantor could be:
- Anyone who has known you for at least 2 years;
- Must be a Canadian citizen above 18 years;
- Should have a valid Canadian passport, or at least have a passport that has not expired for more than a year.