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[Canada]: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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Department of Citizenship and Immigration

Office:

Officeholder:

Image:

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, MP

Headquarters

C.D. Howe Building, Ottawa, Ontario

Citizenship and Immigration Centres

Location:

Type:

Jurisdiction:

Edmonton, Alberta

Case Processing Centre

  • Temporary Resident Permits
  • Student Visas
  • Refugee Visas
  • Permanent Residency for Protected Persons Applications
  • Live-In Caregivers Program
  • Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program

Mississauga, Ontario

Case Processing Centre

  • Family Sponsorship Program

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Case Processing Centre and Centralised Intake Office

  • Permanent Residency Cards
  • Work Visas
  • Provincial Nominee Programs
  • Citizenship Applications

Ottawa, Ontario

Case Processing Centre

  • Visitor Visas
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Visas
  • Permanent Residency Applications

Ottawa, Ontario

Operations Support Centre

  • International Experience Canada Applications
  • Verification of Status Applications
  • Documentation Services
  • Electronic Travel Authorisations



NOTE:

1. All requests for visa application forms are to be directed to the nearest Visa Application Centre (Canadian Embassy or High Commission outside of Canada or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regional office inside of Canada). All applications shall also be submitted there.

2. A visa is required for transiting through Canada if not a national of a visa-exempt country or meets the requirements of the Transit Without Visa Program.

3. Border Services Officers maintain the right to exercise discretion for everybody who wishes to enter Canada.

4. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents do not require a visa or eTA to re-enter Canada.

5. Biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) are required to be collected for ALL visa applications at the nearest Visa Application Centre. Asylum seekers and refugees will have their biometrics collected at the port of entry. U.S. citizens, diplomats, foreign government officials, foreign military personnel on official orders, people under the age of 14 and people over the age of 79 are exempt from this requirement.

6. In accordance with the Canada-Quebec Accord, all persons wishing to immigrate to Quebec as a permanent resident are required to apply to the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion for a Quebec Selection Certificate before applying for the appropriate visa.



Policy:

Applicable Passports:

Visa-exempt for up to 6 months (eTA required if via air)

  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France (except Saint Pierre and Miquelon residents)
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card holders (any passport)
  • Vatican City

Visa-exempt for up to 6 months (eTA not required)

  • United States
  • France (Saint Pierre and Miquelon residents)
  • Crew members
  • Diplomatic personnel
  • Visiting foreign military personnel on official orders
  • Members of the Canadian Royal Family

Transit Without Visa Program (For non-visa-exempt nationals who hold a U.S. visa and are heading to the United States through Canada. Only available at Vancouver International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Toronto-Pearson International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. eTA not required.)

  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand


Code:
[TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 1 - Parent/Guardian or Representative Details[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
1. Are you applying on behalf of someone?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
2. Are you applying on behalf of a minor?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
3. I am
[/TD]
[TD]
[] A family member or friend
[] A member of a non-governmental or religious organisation
[] A member of the Immigration Consultants Regulatory Council
[] A Canadian provincial or territorial law society
[] A travel agent
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
4. Are you being paid to represent the applicant and complete the form on their behalf?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
5. Parent/Guardian or Representative Surname(s)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
6. Parent/Guardian or Representative Given Name(s)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
7. Name of firm/organisation (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
8. Mailing address
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
9. Telephone number
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
10. Fax number (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
11. Email address
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2 - Travel Documents[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
12. What travel document do you plan to use to travel to Canada?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Passport - ordinary/regular
[] Passport - diplomatic
[] Passport - official
[] Passport - service
[] Emergency/temporary travel document
[] Refugee travel document
[] Permit to re-enter the United States (I-327)
[] United States refugee travel document (I-571)
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
13. Which country issued your passport/document?
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
14. What is the nationality noted on your passport/document?
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2(A) - Permanent Residents of the United States[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
15. Are you a lawful permanent resident of the United States with a valid alien registration card (Green Card)?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2(B)
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
16. United States lawful permanent resident alien registration card (Green Card) number
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
17. United States lawful permanent resident alien registration card (Green Card) number (re-enter)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
18. Date of expiry
[/TD]
[TD]
[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day
[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2(B) - Passport Details[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
19. Passport number
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
20. Passport number (re-enter)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
21. Surname(s)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
22. Given name(s)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
23. Date of birth
[/TD]
[TD]
[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
24. Gender
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Male
[] Female
[] Other
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
25. Country/territory of birth
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
26. City/town of birth
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
27. Date of issue of passport
[/TD]
[TD]
[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
28. Date of expiry of passport
[/TD]
[TD]
[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day
[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2(C) - Personal Details[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
29. Additional nationalities (Indicate which countries/territories you are a citizen of)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
30. Marital status
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Married
[] Legally Seperated
[] Divorced
[] Annulled Marriage
[] Widowed
[] Common-law
[] Never Married/Single
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
31. Have you ever applied for or obtained a visa, an eTA or a permit to visit, live, work or study in Canada?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2(D)
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
32. Unique client identifier (UCI)/Previous Canadian visa, eTA or permit number
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
33. Unique client identifier (UCI)/Previous Canadian visa, eTA or permit number (re-enter)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2(D) - Employment Information[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
34. Occupation
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Art, culture, recreation and sport occupation
[] Finance and administration occupations
[] Education, law and social community and government services occupation
[] Health occupations
[] Homemaker
[] Management occupations
[] Manufacturing and utilities occupations
[] Military/armed forces
[] Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
[] Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
[] Retired
[] Sales and service occupations
[] Student
[] Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
[] Unemployed
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
35. Job title (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
36. Name of company, employer, school or facility (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
37. Country/territory (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
38. City/town (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
39. Since what year (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][SIZE=4][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][B]Part 2(E) - Contact Information[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
40. Preferred language to contact you
[/TD]
[TD]
[] English
[] French
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
41. Email address
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
42. Email address (re-enter)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
43. Apartment/unit number or Street number or house name
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
44. Street address/name
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
45. City/town
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
46. Country/territory
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
47. District/region (if applicable)
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2(F) - Travel Information[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
48. Do you know when you will travel to Canada?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2(G)
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
49. When do you plan to travel to Canada?
[/TD]
[TD]
[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
50. Please enter the time your flight to Canada will depart (24-hour format)
[/TD]
[TD]
[][] Hour [][] Minute [+/-][][]:[][] Time Zone
[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2(G) - Background Information[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
51. Have you ever been refused a visa or permit, denied entry to, or ordered to leave Canada or any other country/territory?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
52. Have you ever committed, been arrested for, been charged with or convicted of any criminal offence in any country/territory?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
53. Have you or a family member ever had or been in close contact with a person with tuberculosis?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Question 55
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
54. Have you ever been diagnosed with tuberculosis?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
55. Do you have a serious health condition for which you are receiving regular medical treatment?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Yes
[] No
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
56. Do you have any of the following?
[/TD]
[TD]
[] Untreated syphillis
[] Untreated drug or alcohol addiction
[] Untreated mental health condition with psychosis
[] None of the above
[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TD]

[CENTER][COLOR=rgb(255, 255, 255)][SIZE=4][B]Part 2(H) - Consent and Declaration[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/CENTER]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE][TABLE][TR][TH]Question:[/TH]
[TH]Answer:[/TH][/TR]
[TR][TD]
57. I declare that the information I have given in this application is truthful, complete and correct. I understand that misrepresentation is an offence under section 127 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in a finding of inadmissibility to Canada or removal from Canada. I agree that by typing my name, I am electronically signing my declaration.
[/TD]
[TD]
[] I agree
[/TD][/TR]
[TR][TD]
58. Signature of applicant
[/TD]
[TD]

[/TD][/TR][/TABLE]

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air that you can apply for online. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport. It is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA. An eTA costs $7. You can only apply and pay for one person at a time.

Part 1 - Parent/Guardian or Representative Details

Question:

Answer:

1. Are you applying on behalf of someone?

[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2

2. Are you applying on behalf of a minor?

[] Yes
[] No

3. I am

[] A family member or friend
[] A member of a non-governmental or religious organisation
[] A member of the Immigration Consultants Regulatory Council
[] A Canadian provincial or territorial law society
[] A travel agent

4. Are you being paid to represent the applicant and complete the form on their behalf?

[] Yes
[] No

5. Parent/Guardian or Representative Surname(s)

 

6. Parent/Guardian or Representative Given Name(s)

 

7. Name of firm/organisation (if applicable)

 

8. Mailing address

 

9. Telephone number

 

10. Fax number (if applicable)

 

11. Email address

 

Part 2 - Travel Documents

Question:

Answer:

12. What travel document do you plan to use to travel to Canada?

[] Passport - ordinary/regular
[] Passport - diplomatic
[] Passport - official
[] Passport - service
[] Emergency/temporary travel document
[] Refugee travel document
[] Permit to re-enter the United States (I-327)
[] United States refugee travel document (I-571)

13. Which country issued your passport/document?

 

14. What is the nationality noted on your passport/document?

 

Part 2(A) - Permanent Residents of the United States

Question:

Answer:

15. Are you a lawful permanent resident of the United States with a valid alien registration card (Green Card)?

[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2(B)

16. United States lawful permanent resident alien registration card (Green Card) number

 

17. United States lawful permanent resident alien registration card (Green Card) number (re-enter)

 

18. Date of expiry

[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day

Part 2(B) - Passport Details

Question:

Answer:

19. Passport number

 

20. Passport number (re-enter)

 

21. Surname(s)

 

22. Given name(s)

 

23. Date of birth

[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day

24. Gender

[] Male
[] Female
[] Other

25. Country/territory of birth

 

26. City/town of birth

 

27. Date of issue of passport

[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day

28. Date of expiry of passport

[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day

Part 2(C) - Personal Details

Question:

Answer:

29. Additional nationalities (Indicate which countries/territories you are a citizen of)

 

30. Marital status

[] Married
[] Legally Seperated
[] Divorced
[] Annulled Marriage
[] Widowed
[] Common-law
[] Never Married/Single

31. Have you ever applied for or obtained a visa, an eTA or a permit to visit, live, work or study in Canada?

[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2(D)

32. Unique client identifier (UCI)/Previous Canadian visa, eTA or permit number

 

33. Unique client identifier (UCI)/Previous Canadian visa, eTA or permit number (re-enter)

 

Part 2(D) - Employment Information

Question:

Answer:

34. Occupation

[] Art, culture, recreation and sport occupation
[] Finance and administration occupations
[] Education, law and social community and government services occupation
[] Health occupations
[] Homemaker
[] Management occupations
[] Manufacturing and utilities occupations
[] Military/armed forces
[] Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
[] Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
[] Retired
[] Sales and service occupations
[] Student
[] Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
[] Unemployed

35. Job title (if applicable)

 

36. Name of company, employer, school or facility (if applicable)

 

37. Country/territory (if applicable)

 

38. City/town (if applicable)

 

39. Since what year (if applicable)

 

Part 2(E) - Contact Information

Question:

Answer:

40. Preferred language to contact you

[] English
[] French

41. Email address

 

42. Email address (re-enter)

 

43. Apartment/unit number or Street number or house name

 

44. Street address/name

 

45. City/town

 

46. Country/territory

 

47. District/region (if applicable)

 

Part 2(F) - Travel Information

Question:

Answer:

48. Do you know when you will travel to Canada?

[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Part 2(G)

49. When do you plan to travel to Canada?

[][][][] Year [][] Month [][] Day

50. Please enter the time your flight to Canada will depart (24-hour format)

[][] Hour [][] Minute [+/-][][]:[][] Time Zone

Part 2(G) - Background Information

Question:

Answer:

51. Have you ever been refused a visa or permit, denied entry to, or ordered to leave Canada or any other country/territory?

[] Yes
[] No

52. Have you ever committed, been arrested for, been charged with or convicted of any criminal offence in any country/territory?

[] Yes
[] No

53. Have you or a family member ever had or been in close contact with a person with tuberculosis?

[] Yes
[] No -> Proceed to Question 55

54. Have you ever been diagnosed with tuberculosis?

[] Yes
[] No

55. Do you have a serious health condition for which you are receiving regular medical treatment?

[] Yes
[] No

56. Do you have any of the following?

[] Untreated syphillis
[] Untreated drug or alcohol addiction
[] Untreated mental health condition with psychosis
[] None of the above

Part 2(H) - Consent and Declaration

Question:

Answer:

57. I declare that the information I have given in this application is truthful, complete and correct. I understand that misrepresentation is an offence under section 127 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in a finding of inadmissibility to Canada or removal from Canada. I agree that by typing my name, I am electronically signing my declaration.

[] I agree

58. Signature of applicant

 

After submitting the application you are required to pay $7 to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

(OOC: Transfer to Canada)


Overview

Passport Canada is an independent operating agency of the Government of Canada with bureaucratic oversight provided through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. It is operated under the auspices of the Canadian Passport Order which defines the agency. Passport Canada is responsible for issuing, revoking, withholding, and recovering Canadian passports, and it was the sole issuer of them (except for emergency and temporary passports that may be issued by a Canadian mission abroad).

Passport:

Colour:

Description:

Pages:

Cost:

Validity:

Regular Passport

Navy Blue

These documents are issued to citizens for occasional travel, such as vacations and business trips.

  • 36 pages (Adult 10 year)
  • 18 pages (Adult 5 year and Child)

  • $160, $210 express, $270 urgent (Adult 10 year)
  • $120, $170 express, $230 urgent (Adult 5 year)
  • $57, $107 express, $167 urgent (Child)

  • Adult: 5 or 10 years
  • Child: 5 years

Temporary Passport

White

These are issued to Canadian citizens outside Canada who require passports but their regular passport application is being processed.

  • 8 pages

  • Free (so long as regular passport fee has been paid)

  • 6 months to 1 year

Emergency Travel Document

White Paper

Emergency travel documents are one-use documents issued to Canadians for direct return to their home country, or to the nearest Canadian diplomatic mission where full passport services are offered.

  • 1 page

  • Free

  • One-time use

Special Passport

Green

These are issued to people representing the Canadian government on official business, including Privy Councillors, Members of Parliament, provincial cabinet members, public servants, citizens nominated as official non-diplomatic delegates and Canadian Armed Forces members who are posted abroad.

  • 36 pages

  • Free

  • 10 years

Diplomatic Passport

Maroon

These are issued to Canadian diplomats, top ranking government officials (including lieutenant governors and commissioners of territories), diplomatic couriers, and private citizens nominated as official diplomatic delegates.

  • 36 pages

  • Free

  • 10 years

Physical Appearance

Regular passports are deep navy blue, with the Royal Arms of Canada emblazoned in the centre of the front cover. The words "PASSPORT-PASSEPORT" and the international e-passport symbol are inscribed below the coat of arms, and "CANADA" above. The bilingual cover is indicative of the textual portions of Canadian passports being printed in both English and French, Canada's two official languages. The standard passport contains 36 pages, with 29 available for entry/exit stamps and visas. The size dimensions of a closed Canadian passport are 8.89cm (width) and 12.7cm (height). New security features have been added with increasing frequency since 2001. Microprinting, holographic images, UV-visible imaging, watermarks and other details have been implemented, particularly on the photo page. As well, the photo is now digitally printed directly on the paper (in both standard and UV-reactive ink). The data page has the following information on it:

  • Photo of the passport holder
  • Type (P)
  • Issuing Country (listed as "CAN" for "Canada")
  • Passport No.
  • Surname
  • Given Names
  • Nationality (Canadian or Canadienne)
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex (F, M or X)
  • Place of Birth (the city and three-letter country code are listed)
  • Date of Issue
  • Issuing Authority
  • Date of Expiry
  • Scanned Signature
  • Machine Readable Zone
The note inside of Canadian passports states, in both English and French: "The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada requests, in the name of Her Majesty the Queen, 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."


Overview

The Citizenship Commission falls under Immigration, Refugees and Immigration Canada. The major responsibility of the Commission is to administer citizenship grants to admissible new applications for Canadian citizenship. The Citizenship Commission is composed of citizenship judges all across Canada. Its mandate is to administer Oath of Citizenship, process and approve citizenship applications that meet residency requirements, educate new citizens with their civil responsibilities as new Canadians, and "to promote citizenship in communities". Decisions will be made according to individual application circumstances, hence, making each citizenship judge unique an "independent decision maker". However, their decisions are subject for judicial review by the citizenship applicants and by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Citizenship judges must follow the principles provided by administrative law and natural justice as well as the Citizenship Act, Citizenship Regulations and other relevant precedents applicable to each individual case.


Overview

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), is an independent administrative tribunal that is responsible for making well-founded and fair decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently and in accordance with the law. Established by an Act of Parliament, the IRB decides on refugee applications made by individuals who land in Canada and make an asylum claim to be in need of protection. The IRB reports to Parliament through the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, but the IRB remains independent from IRCC and the Minister. All IRB decisions have an impact on the lives and security of the individuals appearing before the IRB. They contribute to the security of Canadians, the integrity of Canada's immigration and refugee systems, and the strength and diversity of our nation. Refugees and immigrants have always been part of Canadian history and will continue to help shape our future.

Divisions

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Immigration Division

At the request of the CBSA or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Immigration Division conducts admissibility hearings for foreign nationals or permanent residents believed to be inadmissible to, or removable from Canada under the law. The division also conducts detention reviews for foreign nationals or permanent residents detained by the CBSA to review the reasons for detention.

Immigration Appeal Division

The Immigration Appeal Division of the IRB hears appeals on immigration-related matters. There are several types of appeals that are heard by the division: sponsorships, removal orders, residency obligations or appeals made by the Minister.

Refugee Protection Division

The Refugee Protection Division hears and decides claims for refugee protection made in Canada in keeping with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. A claim for refugee protection can be made in Canada by speaking to an officer from the CBSA at any port of entry upon arrival in Canada, or to an officer from either Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or the CBSA at an inland office. The officer decides whether the claim is eligible to be referred to the IRB.

Refugee Appeal Division

The Refugee Appeal Division decides appeals from decisions of the Refugee Protection Division to allow or reject claims for refugee protection. The Refugee Appeal Division may decide to confirm or to change the Refugee Protection Division’s decision. It may also decide to send the case back to to hear it again, giving the directions to them that it considers appropriate.


Overview

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is a free language training program for eligible adult learners. The LINC program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. LINC provides basic language skills. The LINC program is generally offered in English everywhere besides Quebec, where it is only offered in French. There are a few institutions that offer it in French outside of Quebec. LINC offers both full and part-time classes, and some centres have free child-minding. To be eligible for the LINC program, you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada, or refugee, or be a person whose application for Permanent Resident status is being processed in Canada
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Take a language assessment test at a Language Assessment Centre

 
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