Order of priority: Documents for date of birth
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
The following table illustrates which documents should be used to establish a date of birth record by line of business, in descending order of priority where 1 is the top document to be used.
Note: This table does not apply to requests for a correction of date of birth. See Managing existing date of birth records for more information on correcting dates of birth.
Order of priority of documentary evidence for establishing a date of birth record by business class
|Temporary resident (VR, WP, SP, TRP)Footnote i||Permanent residence application (including first time PR card)||Permanent resident card renewal||Refugee claimant/ protected person||Citizenship grant applicant – adult [5(1) of the CA] or minor [5(2)(a) of the CA]||Citizenship discretionary grant [5(4] of the CA]||Citizenship grant for stateless person [5(5) of the CA]||Citizenship grant for adopted person [5.1 of the CA]||Resumption of citizenship [11(1) of the CA]||Proof of citizenship applicant (born outside Canada)||Proof of citizenship applicant (born in Canada)|
|Birth certificate issued by Canadian province or territory||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||1||N/A||N/A||1||N/A||1Footnote ii|
|Foreign passport||1||1||1||1||N/A||3||N/A||2Footnote iii||2||2||N/A|
|Immigration document issued by IRCC||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||1||2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Referral document from international bodyFootnote iv||N/A||N/A||N/A||3||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Identity document issued outside Canada||3||3||N/A||4||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||4||N/A|
|Foreign birth certificate||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||5Footnote v||2||2Footnote iii||N/A||1||N/A|
|Statutory declaration as per IRPR 178||N/A||4||N/A||5||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Legal change of date of birth document issued in Canada||N/A||N/A||3||N/A||2||N/A||N/A||3||4||N/A||2|
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