How to Obtain a Canadian Passport for U.S. Citizens

How to Obtain a Canadian Passport for U.S. Citizens
How to Obtain a Canadian Passport for U.S. Citizens
Because Canadian passports are only given to Canadian citizens, the only way for a U.S. citizen to get one is to apply for and be granted Canadian citizenship. This will make you a citizen of both the United States and Canada, which is known as dual citizenship. Once you have obtained dual citizenship you can take the next step.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Things You'll Need:
  • Application forms Proof of citizenship Proof of identity Money for applicable fees Passport photos
  • Application forms
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of identity
  • Money for applicable fees
  • Passport photos
Step 1

Become a permanent Canadian resident. You can apply for your permanent resident card by printing the application kit from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, or by calling 888-242'2100 to request that a kit be mailed to you. Submit the completed application, along with a copy of a valid passport or travel document, a copy of your identification, two passport-quality photos and processing fees, to the address included in the application kit.

Step 2

Determine if you are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. Once you have become a Canadian permanent resident, you can apply for Canadian citizenship if you have lived in Canada three out of the last four years, are proficient in either English or French, have not been convicted of a felony criminal offense and are knowledgeable about life in Canada.

Step 3

Obtain a Canadian citizenship application package. To apply for Canadian citizenship you will need the Application for Canadian Citizenship form and guide, which can be printed from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Be sure to read the guide that accompanies the citizenship application form before moving on to Step 4.

Step 4

Complete the citizenship application form according to the accompanying directions and pay the applicable fees. Applicants for citizenship are required to pay a $100 right of citizenship fee, as well as a $100 application processing fee, before they submit their citizenship application. The $200 application fee can be paid online on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Print a copy of your payment receipt because you will need it for Step 5.

Step 5

Submit your completed citizenship application, along with all necessary supporting documents, to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Case Processing Center--Sydney, P.O. Box 7000, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6V6. Supporting documents to be included with your citizenship application include copies of both sides of your permanent residence card, copies of two pieces of identification, two passport-quality photos and a copy of your application payment receipt. Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted to schedule a citizenship interview and test.

Step 6

Complete the Canadian passport application form online on the Passport Canada website and print it. When you complete the application online, the information you enter is stored in a bar code at the top of the page and can be scanned for easy review by Canadian passport agents.

Step 7

Provide proof of Canadian citizenship and identity. As a dual citizen of both the United States and Canada, you will need to submit a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or a Certificate of Naturalization in Canada. Documents accepted as proof of identity include a driver's license, health care card, provincial or federal identification card, Certificate of Indian Status, Old Age Security card, or federal, provincial or municipal employee identification card. Only original documents are accepted. They will be returned to you along with your passport.

Step 8

Pay the applicable application and processing fee. The processing fee for a 24-page Canadian passport is $87. The processing fee for a 48-page Canadian passport is $92. All payments should be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada and can be paid by mail or in person. Accepted forms of payment include major credit or debit cards, check or money order.

Step 9

Include two passport photos with your passport application. Photos must be identical, taken within the past year, be taken against a plain or white background, and show a frontal view of your face (neutral expression). One of the two passport photos must be signed by a witness who can confirm your identity.

Step 10

Submit your completed passport application, proof of Canadian citizenship, proof of identity and passport photos. You can submit the package by mail to Passport Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G3. You can also submit your completed package in person at any Passport Canada office, post office or Service Canada Center. You should receive your passport in four to six weeks.

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.
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