Replace your Citizenship Card
|Regular Processing||Urgent Processing||Top Priority Processing|
|6 months||4 – 6 weeks||15 business days|
Replacement citizenship certificates can be issued urgently depending on your circumstances – this is commonly done in our office for our clients.
First Canadian citizenship certificates for those born outside Canada to Canadian parents can be issued urgently, however the eligibility requirements are much more strict.
|Regular Processing||Urgent Processing|
|approximately 12 months||approximately 4 – 6 months|
If you have already naturalized as a Canadian citizen, and your citizenship certificate or card has been lost, destroyed, stolen, laminated, or is no longer accepted, then you can apply to replace it with a new proof of Canadian citizenship.
If you were born outside Canada to a Canadian parent, or adopted outside Canada by a Canadian parent, then you do not need to apply for immigration to come to Canada – you can submit an application for proof of Canadian citizenship and then come to Canada immediately to live, work, study, and obtain your Canadian passport as soon as it is issued.
If you are a Canadian citizen, you are required to enter Canada using your Canadian passport. The only exception to this requirement is for citizens of the United States using their US passport to enter Canada. Proof of Canadian citizenship (a Canadian citizenship certificate) is required to apply for your Canadian passport if you were not born in Canada.
All proof of Canadian citizenship is issued in the form of a paper certificate with security features – citizenship cards have not been issued since 2012 due to severe deficiencies in the security of the document and how easily they can be forged or copied.
Our office will help you obtain your proof of Canadian citizenship. We will:
- Confirm your eligibility to apply for a citizenship certificate
- Advise what documents are required for your application
- Complete the application form for you
- Write a cover letter explaining why your application should be approved
- Request urgent processing if applicable
- Act as your representative with the government of Canada
Only a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, such as our partners, or a Canadian Immigration Lawyer or member of the Chambres de Notaires du Quebec can accept a fee to be your representative with IRCC
Proof of Canadian citizenship is required to:
- Apply for a Canadian passport
- Work in an are requiring security clearance such as an airport
- Prove the Canadian citizenship of your child born outside Canada
- Join the Canadian Forces
If you have never had a citizenship certificate before, click here To apply for your first Canadian Citizenship Certificate
Citizenship Card Replacement – Urgent Processing
The current processing time for citizenship card or certificate replacement is around 6 months.
If you need your proof of Canadian citizenship immediately, then you may qualify for urgent processing.
Reasons for urgent replacement of your citizenship card or certificate may include:
- Requirement to travel outside Canada immediately
- Requirement to replace identification immediately
- Requirement to prove Canadian citizenship for work or school
Replace or Renew a Canadian Citizenship Card
Canadian citizenship cards and certificates issued after 1977 never expire. However, they may no longer be accepted if they are in bad condition or are illegible.
If the photo, borders, or writing on the document is damaged, then you will need to replace the document.
You can also replace a citizenship card or certificate which has been lost or stolen.
Requirements to Replace or Renew a Canadian Citizenship Card or Certificate?
- One valid photo ID
- One additional ID
- 2 Canadian passport photos taken in the last 6 months
If you do not hold any valid ID, there is an alternative method of obtaining a Canadian citizenship certificate. Contact us for details.
If a child was born outside Canada and at least one of their parents was a Canadian citizen at the time of their birth, then they have inherited Canadian citizenship. This also applies for adopted children.
A child born outside Canada must have proof of Canadian citizenship if they want to:
- Live in Canada
- Work in Canada
- Go to school in Canada
- Sponsor relatives for PR in Canada
- Visit Canada if they are from a country whose citizens require a visa
Any child born or adopted outside Canada to a Canadian parent may submit an application for proof of Canadian citizenship regardless of their age at the time of application. There are different application processes for these situations, so contact us to determine what your next steps will be.