Passport services in Canada resuming

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement News

The Government of Canada announced that they will resume some passport services in Canada. Starting on July 31, 2020, Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. If you have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel, you can request for an in-person appointment.

If you do not have travel plans, please wait before applying for a passport. Processing times are expected to be longer than normal due to high demand and measures to safeguard the health and safety of our employees and Canadians.

Applicants who are concerned about renewing their passport should note that they can now use the simplified renewal process within two years after the expiry date rather than one, if their passport expired on or after February 1, 2019. This means you have more time to renew if you aren’t travelling soon. The simplified renewal process allows you to submit a shorter form without resubmitting their citizenship documents and a guarantor declaration.

As Service Canada Centres begin to gradually and safely reopen, passport services will be limited to appointment only.

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