You can now submit proof of Canadian citizenship online

Posted on November 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EDT
Updated November 8, 2021 10:15 a.m. EST

Canada is now accepting online applications for proof of citizenship.

Using the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) online portal, you can submit your application, pay the fees and send any supporting documents.

There are three things you can do with the new portal:

  • request replacement proof of citizenship (also known as a citizenship certificate) that does not require changes to information on the certificate, such as name or date of birth;
  • submit simple requests for proof of citizenship by descent; Where
  • request a search of citizenship records.

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You can apply for proof of citizenship online if your Canadian parent was:

  • obtained citizenship on or after April 17, 2009, or
  • born in Canada on or after February 15, 1977.

Otherwise, you will need to submit a paper request.

The government has an online tool that allows you to see if you are eligible to apply online. If so, you will be prompted to create an account or sign in with an existing account. You will also need an account if you are requesting your own records. If you are requesting someone else’s records, you must apply on paper.

IRCC says in a press release that the requests will save time for those making requests from outside Canada and the United States.

The Canadian government will continue to accept and process paper applications. If you have already submitted a paper application, IRCC tells you not to complete an online application for the same application.

About proof of citizenship

If you were born outside of Canada, but one of your parents was born in Canada, you may be eligible for citizenship status. However, to get it, you need proof of citizenship.

With this document, you can enjoy the benefits of citizenship, such as obtaining a Canadian passport, working in Canada, or voting in Canadian elections.

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