Archive for the ‘Canadian Passport FAQ and FYI’ Category

Dual Citizen? You’ll Need Your Canadian Passport If You’re Coming In To Canada By Air

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

You’ll Need Your Passport If You’re Flying Into Canada As of November 10, 2016, dual citizens who hold Canadian citizenship will need to present their Canadian Passport at the time of entry into Canada, if travelling by air. This new rule was not well publicized and many dual citizens are now scrambling to obtain Canadian Passports […]

How The Canada Post Strike Affects Your Application Submission

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

As residents of the United States, you may have heard the the CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) has gone on strike with the Canada Post corporation. This means, if you have an existing application that was mailed via USPS prior to the strike start, your submission will have been delayed with a series of […]

Am I Required To Report A Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Canadian Passport?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The answer to this question is yes, you are. If for whatever reason your passport is stolen or lost, you are required to report it to Passport Canada directly. Canadian authorities will conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the lost or stolen passport. If you find a passport, including your own passport that you […]

Can I Obtain A Canadian Passport If I Have An Outstanding Criminal Charge?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This is a question we receive more often than not. There’s something called the Canadian Passport Order. The order is the federal government’s articulation regarding Canadian passports, and when they will not issue you one. We’ve had many phone calls and inquiries related to individuals seeking information on pardons and curious about whether some criminal […]

Change To Birth Certificate Requirements

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Effective February 11th, 2011 – Passport Canada will no longer be accepting hospital issued birth certificates as supplemental for applications for your Canadian passport. Only the following proof of citizenship documents will be accepted to support a general or child’s passport application: “Birth certificate” issued by a provincial or territorial vital statistics agency; “Certificate of […]

The Canadian Electronic Passport

Monday, October 11th, 2010

It’s official. The Canadian federal government has begun the process of ramping up for the deployment of Canada’s first electronic passport – also known as the biometric passport or ePassport. The plan is to have the new Canadian passports in circulation – widely regarded as more secure and using almost impossible to reproduce biometric technology […]

Single Parent? Know What You Need Prior To Travelling

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Are you a single parent? Travelling with a blended family? Are you familiar with the essentials of what you need prior to traveling? Surprisingly, fewer people than you’d think are actually in the know with the things you need to present to a customs agent if only one parent is traveling with a child. Concerns […]

The Canadian Biometric Passport

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Dear Canada Passport Help – What is a Canadian Biometric Passport? This is hands down the most commonly asked question we receive from customers. The Canadian passport transition will be occurring in early 2011, and understandably for Canadians living as U.S. residents, it’s a changing standard that creates curiosity and even perhaps a bit of […]

50% of Canadians Living In The United States Are Getting Their Canadian Passports Rejected

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

…and the biggest single reason for this is photos. The biggest single significant change with respect to Canadian Passport photos occurred in 2003, when the ICAO introduced new photo specifications for travel documents (standard size, face-on, neutral expression, light-colored background), but meeting the standards perfectly and creating as much of a compliance as possible has […]

Loss or Denial of Canadian Passport

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

There has been a federal law in place for a while which enables the Canadian Federal Government to deny any Canadian citizen the issue of a new passport or the renewal of an existing passport if they are behind or in arrears on child support payments. This was recently unsuccessfully challenged by a Montreal man […]