Canada, like many other countries, uses an ePassport that is issued to Canadian citizens. An e-Passport, similar to a Canadian passport, is a 36-page book with a data chip inside. It contains basic information about the traveler that can be used to identify them.
As a Canadian citizen, you must carry your passport with you as identification when traveling across borders. Before you can enter a country, you must present your passport, which will be scanned to verify your identity.
The Canadian passport is ranked 10th in the world by the Montreal-based financial firm Arton Capital’s Global Passport Index.
You can visit over 114 countries without a visa if you have a Canadian passport.
What are the benefits of having 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.
Requirement and Documents Needed to Apply for a Canadian Passport
- 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.