Guide CIT 0003 - Application for Canadian Citizenship - Minors (under 18 years of age)

Canada is a country that embodies multiculturalism and diversity and encourages newcomers to achieve their full potential by supporting their integration and active participation in social, cultural, economic and political affairs. We thank you for the commitment you are showing to Canada by applying to become a Canadian citizen!

This form and guide is for permanent residents, under 18 years of age, who have one parent who is a Canadian citizen or one parent who is applying for their Canadian citizenship at the same time.

This is not a legal document. The explanations and definitions are not legal definitions. In case of a discrepancy between the language in this document and the relevant legislation or regulations, the legal text in the legislation and regulations prevails.

For legal information, see the:

This information will help you complete the forms and guide you through the application process.

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Steps to Canadian Citizenship


Step 1 – Make sure the minor is eligible

To be eligible for a grant of Canadian citizenship, the minor must:

  • be under 18 years of age at the time the application is signed;
  • be a permanent resident of Canada;
  • have at least one parent (includes legally adoptive parent) who is a Canadian citizen or who will become a citizen at the same time as the minor (applying together as a family).

Note: A step parent or grandparent is not considered a parent for citizenship application purposes unless that step parent or grandparent has legally adopted the minor.

Minor children must not:

  • be subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act (see section 11 of the application form CIT 0003); and/or
  • have any unfulfilled conditions relating to their permanent resident status; and/or
  • be under a removal order (asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada).

Note: A guardian may file an application on behalf of a minor child as long as the minor has at least one parent who is a Canadian citizen.

If the minor does not have a Canadian parent or is not applying at the same time as a parent; please use Application for Canadian citizenship – Minor (under 18 years of age) under subsection 5(1).


Is the minor already a citizen?

A minor born outside Canada to a Canadian parent on or after April 17, 2009, is a citizen by birth if the minor is in the first generation born outside Canada, and the Canadian parent:

  • was born in Canada; or
  • became a Canadian citizen by immigrating to Canada (becoming a permanent resident) and being granted citizenship (also known as naturalization).

If the minor is a Canadian citizen and requires a citizenship certificate, use the Application for a Citizenship Certificate under section 3 (CIT 0001).


Is the minor adopted?

If the adopted minor is a permanent resident of Canada, and under 18 years of age, this is the application form you should use to apply for a grant of citizenship on their behalf. If the adopted minor is not a permanent resident of Canada, you can submit an adoptive grant of citizenship application on their behalf instead.

See Adoption guide for a table outlining all the options.

If the adoptive minor is over 18 but is not eligible to apply for a 5(1) grant of citizenship, they might want to submit an adoptive grant of citizenship application instead.



Possible loss of other citizenship

The minor could lose their present nationality or citizenship if they become a Canadian citizen. If you have any questions about this, please contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory of the minor’s present nationality before applying for Canadian citizenship.


Step 2 - Gather the minor’s documents

Submit the following documents with your application:

  • Photocopies of the minor’s biographical page of all valid and expired Passport(s)/Travel documents for the five (5) years immediately before the date of application, or since the minor became a permanent resident if that date is more recent than five (5) years. 

    The biographical page means the page where it has the minor’s name, photo, passport/travel document number, issue date and expiration date.

    If the minor was included in the passport(s) of one of the parents, provide copies of that (these) passport(s).

    Provide photocopies of any renewal pages of the passport(s)/travel document(s).

    Note: If any of these documents are no longer in your possession, provide an explanation in the space provided in question 8C on the application form.

    Note: If there are any gaps in time between the validity periods of the minor’s passports or travel documents during the past five (5) years, or since the minor became a permanent resident if the minor became a permanent resident within the past five years, provide an explanation in the space provided in question 8D.

  • Photocopy of two (2) pieces of personal identification. 
    Both pieces of identification should show the minor’s name and date of birth, one of which must have a photo on it.
    Examples include:
    • school record;
    • health insurance card;
    • a passport page containing their photo and personal details;
    • a hospital or immunization record, may be provided.
    • Note: If there is information on both sides of the identification document, photocopy both sides.
  • Photocopy of birth certificate or adoption order 
    The document must show:
    • the minor’s name;
    • date of birth;
    • place of birth;
    • the names of the parents or adoptive parents.
  • For an adopted minor living in Quebec, you must submit one of the following documents:

    • jugement d’adoption ;
    • jugement sur requête en adoption ;
    • reconnaissance de jugement d’adoption ;
    • certificat d’inscription d’adoption ;
    • attestation d’adoption ;
    • lettre d’attestation d’adoption.
  • One (1) photocopy of proof of the parent’s Canadian citizenship (if applicable)
    Examples include:
    • provincial/territorial birth certificate;
    • certificate of Canadian citizenship;
    • certificate of naturalization;
    • certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad;
    • certificate of retention issued between January 1, 1947 and February 14, 1977.
  • Photocopy of Proof of guardianship (if applicable)
    A legal guardian applying on behalf of the minor must provide legal documentation proving guardianship.
  • Citizenship photos – Two (2) identical citizenship photographs
  • The application fee receipt of $100.00 per minor paid online.
  • Document Checklist [CIT 0008] (PDF, 314.35KB)

Quebec government documents

The following documents issued by the government of Quebec before January 1, 1994 are not acceptable documents in support of an application for a citizenship certificate.

  • baptismal certificates;
  • birth certificates; and
  • marriage certificates.

For more information. If you are currently in possession of one of these certificates you must obtain a new document by contacting the office of the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec


Step 3. Complete the application form

  • You must answer all the questions on this form unless instructed otherwise.
  • Download and fill out the form on a computer.
  • You also have the option to save your form and fill it out later.
  • Read and follow the questions below to help you fill out the form.
Question 1

From the list, select the language (English or French) in which you would like to receive your service.

Question 2

Tell us if the minor has any special needs that require accommodation. If yes, select the appropriate accommodation you require in the drop down menu.

Some examples of special needs are:

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing impaired
  • sight impaired
  • sign language interpretation (for example, deaf individuals may have a sign language interpreter to help with the assessment of “listening and speaking” ability)
  • personal assistance (for example, the minor will be accompanied by a care attendant, an interpreter, a service dog, a sighted guide, etc.).
  • materials in accessible formats (for example, the study guide is available in large print, audio or Braille versions)

If the special need is not listed, please explain in the space provided.

Question 3A

Indicate your relationship to the minor using the drop down menu.

You must provide a document which proves the relationship between you and the minor.

  • If you are the Biological parent(s) submit:
    • the minor’s birth certificate showing the names of the minor and their parents
  • If you are the Legal guardian submit:
    • the legal document showing guardianship.
  • If you are the Adoptive parent(s) submit:
    • the adoption order

Note: For adopted minors living in Quebec, submit one of the following documents:

  • jugement d’adoption;
  • jugement sur requête en adoption;
  • reconnaissance de jugement d’adoption;
  • certificat d’inscription d’adoption;
  • attestation d’adoption; or
  • lettre d’attestation d’adoption.
Question 3B

Write the full name of the person applying on behalf of the minor (the person filling out this form).

Question 3C

Using the drop down menu, select “Yes” to indicate if the minor is legally adopted, select “No” if not.

Question 4A

Copy the Unique Client Identifier (UCI) exactly as it appears on the minor’s Record of Landing (IMM 1000), Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688), or last Permanent Residence Card (PR Card)You can find the minor’s UCI on their:

  • Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)
    • the number next to their photograph;
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292 or IMM 5688)
    • the number at the top right corner of the document;
  • Record of landing (IMM 1000)
    • if there is no client ID number listed, provide the document number located at the bottom right corner that begins with a W followed by 9 digits (Example: W 012 345 678).

The UCI is an eight or ten-digit number.

Question 4B

Copy the minor’s full name as shown on their Record of Landing (IMM 1000), Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688), or last Permanent Residence Card (PR Card).

  • If the minor does not have a given name, leave this field blank. Do not enter “*”, “Not applicable” or “NA”.
  • If the minor’s name was shortened (truncated) on the immigration document, it will appear in full length on the minor’s citizenship certificate, up to 50 characters for the family name(s) and 50 characters for the given name(s).
Question 4C

If the minor’s name has changed since becoming a permanent resident, check the “yes” box and provide the required documents listed in Appendix A – Name change

If the minor does not have a given name, leave this field blank. Do not enter “*”, “Not applicable” or “NA”.

Question 4D

We need to know all of the names the minor has ever used in order to verify their identity. If the minor used any other names other than the one being requested in their grant of citizenship application, print them in the chart.

You can add or remove rows as you need by pressing the plus sign (+) or minus sign (-) buttons.

Note: only complete this section if it applies to the minor.

Examples:

  • name at birth;
  • name before marriage;
  • previous married names;
  • married names;
  • nicknames; or
  • other names the minor has used, etc.
Question 5A

Write the minor’s date of birth exactly as it appears on the minor’s most recent Canadian immigration document.

  • If the minor’s entire date of birth is unknown, please use ‘**’ (two star signs or asterisks) to fill in the spaces for the month or day, where applicable.
  • Do you need to correct the minor’s date of birth? If the minor’s date of birth is incorrect on previous immigration documents, see Appendix B Date of birth correction section in this guide.
Question 5B

Write the minor’s place of birth, including the city or town and country or territory.

Note: If the city, town, country or territory of birth is indicated on their passport or travel document, please record it as it appears on the document.

Question 5C

Tell us if the minor has had immigration, permanent resident status and/or citizenship in any other country or territory outside of Canada, including their country of birth.

  • Check either yes or no.
  • If you check yes, complete the chart.
  • Tell us which countries or territories the minor has held status in, and exactly what status they held or currently hold (student, refugee/protected person, permanent resident, citizen, employment/worker).
  • Provide the date (YYYY-MM-DD) that the minor obtained each status.
  • If the minor’s status is no longer valid, provide the date (YYYY-MM-DD) their status ended. If the minor still holds this status, leave the “End date” section blank.
Question 5D
  • Choose the minor’s gender (F-Female, M-Male or X-Another gender).

    Note: If the gender identifier chosen is F or M, it must match the sex that appears on the passport or travel document you provide with the minor’s application. If the gender identifier chosen is X, it should match an equivalent non-binary option

    If the minor legally changed their gender designation you must submit additional documents. See Appendix C: Request for a change of sex or gender identifier.

  • Indicate the minor’s height (how tall they are), either in centimetres or feet and inches
  • Indicate the minor’s natural eye colour.
  • Choose the minor’s current marital status:
    • Annulled Marriage - This is a marriage that is legally declared invalid. An annulment can also be a declaration by the Catholic Church that the marital union did not have a binding force.
    • Common-Law - This means that you have lived continuously with your partner in a marital-type relationship for a minimum of one year.
    • Divorced - This means that you are officially separated and have legally ended your marriage.
    • Separated - This means that you are married, but are no longer living with your spouse.
    • Married - This means that you and your spouse have had a ceremony that legally binds you to each other. Your marriage must be legally recognized in the country where it was performed and in Canada.
    • Single - This means that you have never been married and are not in a common-law relationship.
    • Widowed - This means that your spouse has died and that you have not re-married or entered into a common-law relationship.
Question 6

Home address

Enter the minor’s current home address (where the minor lives).

Note: All correspondence will go to this address unless you give us your e-mail address.

  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if it applies
  • Street Number (No.)
  • Street Name. Do not abbreviate words (Street, Avenue, Boulevard, Drive etc.) except for directions (NW, SE, W, etc.)
  • City or Town
  • Country or Territory
  • Province or State
  • Postal Code
  • District, if it applies.

Note: Canada Post’s Mail Forwarding Service does not forward parcels and a citizenship application package is considered a parcel. If IRCC needs to return your application package to you because it is incomplete, the package will be returned to IRCC instead of being forwarded to the address you have indicated with Canada Post. If your application package is returned to IRCC by Canada Post, it will not be processed.

Mailing address

Indicate if the minor’s current home address is the same as your mailing address. If you select “No”, enter the following:

  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if it applies
  • Street Number (No.)
  • Street Name. Do not abbreviate words (Street, Avenue, Boulevard, Drive etc.) except for directions (NW, SE, W, etc.)
  • City or Town
  • Country or Territory
  • Province or State
  • Postal Code
  • District, if it applies.

Note: If you wish to authorize the release of information from your application to a representative, indicate their e-mail and mailing address on the IMM5476 form.

Phone number(s)

Check the correct box to tell us if your other telephone number is from Canada, the United States or Other (any other country).

Choose the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell or mobile)
  • Business (work)

Enter your telephone number including the country code, area or regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, write it after your phone number under “Ext.”

Note: Providing an alternative number to reach you is optional.

Email Address

If you have one, type your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: name@provider.net, in both spaces.

Note: Make sure you check your email regularly. Any emails sent to you by IRCC will end in: “@cic.gc.ca”, “@canada.ca” or “@international.gc.ca”.

Please add these to your “safe senders” list in your email program and check the junk mail folder in case important emails get filtered. If we find that your email address does not work or no longer exists, we will communicate with you by mail.

Indicating an e-mail address will authorize all correspondence, including file and personal information, to be sent to the e-mail address you specify.

Question 7

For each parent enter the following information. If only one parent is known, select “Unknown” for parent 2 and leave the section blank.

Question 7A

Indicate if the minor's parent is the biological or adoptive parent. A biological parent means the minor has a genetic or gestational connection to that parent. An adoptive parent means you legally adopted the minor

Question 7B

Enter the family name (surname/last name) and given name(s) of the minor’s parent. Include any other names used.

Question 7C

Enter the country or territory and date of birth of the minor’s parent.

Question 7D

Select “yes” or “no” to indicate if the minor's grandparent(s) was a Canadian citizen at the time of the parent's birth.

Question 7E

Indicate whether the parent will be submitting an application with the minor’s application.

Question 7F

Indicate the parent’s Canadian Birth Certificate Registration number OR Canadian Citizenship Certificate number and the date it was issued, if applicable.

Question 7G

Indicate whether the minor's parent left Canada for more than one (1) year before 1977. If yes, provide the dates the minor's parent was away and indicate the country they were staying in.

Question 7H

Indicate whether the parent was employed outside Canada as a Crown servant (in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory other than as a locally engaged person) at the time of the minor's birth or adoption.

Question 7I

Indicate whether either of the minor's grandparents was employed outside Canada as a Crown servant (in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory other than as a locally engaged person) at the time of the parent’s birth or adoption.

Question 8A

Write the date when the minor became a permanent resident of Canada. The date can be found on their Record of Landing (IMM 1000), Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688), or last Permanent Residence Card (PR Card).

Question 8B

You must let us know if the minor left Canada for a total of 730 days or more in the past five (5) years or since becoming a permanent resident.

If yes, complete the chart. If you require more space, add rows by pressing the plus sign (+) button.

Question 8C

Indicate if the minor has held passports or travel documents in the five (5) year period before signing the application. The five (5) years period of review is the five (5) years prior to the date you sign the application. If the minor became a permanent resident more recently than five (5) years, the review period would start on the date they received permanent residence status.

If there are gaps of time between the validity of any passports or travel documents, explain why in the space provided.

Question 9

Certain conditions outlined in the Citizenship Act, may affect the minor’s application for citizenship.

To find out if any of these conditions applies to the minor, answer questions in section 10 of the application. If you indicate yes to any of the questions, you must provide details in box at the bottom of section 10.

You do not have to tell us whether the minor was found guilty of an offence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act if it was a youth sentence and the sentence has been successfully completed.

Note: IRCC checks with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) to find out if there are any criminal or security reasons which could prevent the minor from acquiring Canadian citizenship. Also, the minor’s entry to Canada and status will be verified with Immigration officials. You may be required to provide the minor’s fingerprints or court documents to ensure that the minor is not prohibited under the Citizenship Act.

Question 10

Select yes or no to indicate if you wish that a minor under 14 years of age participates in a citizenship ceremony.

Minors under 14 years of age are not required to attend a citizenship ceremony to take the oath of citizenship. Citizenship certificates are mailed to the minor if they are not applying at the same time as one or both of their parents.

Note: Minors aged 14 and over must take the oath of citizenship.

Question 11

Tell us if someone helped you complete your application package using the drop down menu.

If you appoint an individual, firm or organization as your representative, you must complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476).

Note that once you appoint a representative, all correspondence from IRCC regarding your application will be directed to them and not to you.

For instructions on completing the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476), see: Guide IMM 5561 – Use of a Representative.

Question 12

Print the completed application form. The parent or legal guardian(s) must sign the application, by hand, with the signature they use on other official documents. Enter the place (city, town or village) and date beside the signature.

Note: Minors who are 14 years of age or older must co-sign the application form.

stop signNote: Your application will be returned to you if it is:

  • not signed and dated;
  • dated more than 90 days before we receive it;
  • post-dated (dated into the future).

To complete the form:

Once the application is completed, click on the “Validate” button located at the top or bottom of the form. This will generate a barcode page – see image below. If this application form is completed on a computer and printed, you must place the barcode page on the top of your application (or if applying as a group, each individual application package).

Barcode

Note: This barcode page will not appear if you fill out your application by hand.


Citizenship photos

You must:

  • provide two (2) identical citizenship photographs;
  • print the Citizenship Photo Specifications page and take it to the photographer to make sure you get the correct size photo;
  • follow the steps explained on the form; and
  • not staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.

Your application will be returned to you if you do not include the two (2) photos that meet the citizenship photo specifications.


Translation of documents

You must submit the following for any document that is not in English or French, unless otherwise stated on your document checklist:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation (if they’re not a certified translator); and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

small exclamation warning signImportant information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

If the translation is not done by a certified translator (a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial association of translators and interpreters in Canada), you must submit an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the language proficiency of the translator.

An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country where the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document.

Translators who are certified in Canada don’t need to supply an affidavit.

The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside of Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to administer oaths varies by country. Consult your local authorities.


Certified true copies

To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print all of the following on the photocopy:

  • “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”
  • the name of the original document
  • the date of the certification
  • their name
  • their official position or title
  • their signature

Who can certify copies?

Only authorized people can certify copies.

Important information: Certifying of copies must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

People authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  1. a notary public
  2. a commissioner of oaths
  3. a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Check with your local provincial or territorial authorities to learn who has the authority to certify.

Outside Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Check with your local authorities to learn who has the authority to certify in your country.



Congratulations

You have completed the minor’s application form for a minor 5(2) grant of Canadian citizenship!

Family applications: If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship, even if they are using different types of citizenship application forms, send all of the applications together in the one envelope. The applications will be processed together. We will try to schedule family members together (for testing and the ceremony), but sometimes, it may not be possible.

To apply for Canadian citizenship for an adult (18 years of age or older), complete the Application for Canadian Citizenship — Adult – Subsection 5(1).


Step 4 - Pay the fees

You must pay your fees online. If you have forgotten your password for the online payment system, please visit How do I reset my password for the online payment system in the Help Centre.

The fee is $100 for each applicant under 18 years of age applying for Canadian citizenship.


Calculating your fees

If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship pay the fees all together.

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. After you pay, print the receipt and include it with the application.

Application (per person) $CAN
Minor (under 18)
Processing fee ($100)
$100

Explanation of fees and refund

This section describes the fees that are required and if they are refundable. All payment must be made in Canadian funds.


Processing Fee

Amount: $100 for each minor (under 18 years of age) applicant.

You cannot get a refund once processing of the minor’s application has begun, even if you withdraw the application, abandon the application or if the minor’s application is refused.


Payment Issues

No fee included or Insufficient Fees

If you do not pay the full fees for your application(s) we will return your application(s). We will only start processing your application after you return it with the correct fees.

blue question mark For immigration applications, see section 10 of the IRPR and for citizenship applications, see section 13 of the Citizenship Act for more information.


Overpayment

If you pay more than the fees needed for your application(s) we will start processing your application, and send you a refund as soon as possible.

Note: You don’t have to ask for a refund. It will be done automatically.

Note: If you’re eligible for a refund, we will issue the refund to the person indicated on the Payer Information section of the receipt (paper applications). If there is no name indicated on the receipt, we will send the refund to the applicant.

Step 5 – Submit the application

Send complete application to:

Courier Address
Case Processing Centre-Sydney
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5Z2

Regular Mail
Case Processing Centre-Sydney
P.O. Box 7000
Sydney, NS
B1P 6V6

Include all family members’ applications in the same envelope as the application.

Processing the application

The Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney makes sure the application:

  • meets the minimum processing requirements;
  • includes all the required documents;
  • has the right fee.

You will get:

  • acknowledgement of receipt (by mail or email);
  • correspondence asking for more information (in some cases).

The application will be returned if:

  • it doesn’t meet the minimum processing requirements;
  • doesn’t include the correct fee payment;
  • is not complete.

Processing starts once we receive a completed application.

The CPC may send the application to another office for further processing.


Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly chooses applications for a special review. If chosen, we will ask you to attend an interview with an IRCC official to:

  • verify that the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
  • verify that your application has been completed properly.

Note: We will notify you in writing if your application is chosen.


Step 6 – Wait for the decision

A citizenship official will make a decision on the minor’s application.

If the minor does not meet all of the requirements for citizenship, you will receive a decision from the official in writing.

If the minor meets all the requirements for citizenship, our office will notify you in writing of the time and location of your citizenship ceremony (if applicable).


Step 7 – Go to a citizenship ceremony and take the oath

If, up until this point, the minor meets all the requirements for citizenship, the final requirement is to take the oath of citizenship to become a Canadian citizen!

Minors aged 14 or over will receive a Notice to Appear with the location and time to attend a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of citizenship before a citizenship judge or presiding official. Once the oath is taken, you will receive the minor’s certificate of Canadian citizenship.

Minors under 14 years of age are not required to take the oath of citizenship at a ceremony. However minors are welcome to attend a citizenship ceremony. If you would like them to attend a ceremony, please check “yes” box in Question 11 on the application.

If an application for a minor under 14 years of age is not submitted at the same time as a parent (non-concurrently), the certificate of Canadian citizenship is mailed to the parent/guardian.

caution To avoid delays or closure of the minor’s application, tell us as soon as possible if you/ the minor can’t attend the scheduled ceremony.

caution Remember to tell us if any of the situations that prevent a person from becoming a citizen apply to the minor when arriving at the ceremony.



For more information

Current processing times

You can check current processing times on the Application processing times webpage.



Important information

Updating your contact information

While your application is in process, you must tell us if you change your address, email address, or telephone number. Use the Change your address tool to give us your new contact information.

If you do not notify us of any change in your/the minor’s contact information, and we can’t reach you, the minor’s application could be abandoned or closed.

Remember, Canada Post’s Mail Forwarding Service does not forward parcels and a citizenship application package is considered a parcel. 


Checking application status

You can check the status of the minor’s application online. The status will only appear online once we receive and have accepted the minor’s application into processing.

Find out how to remove the minor's application status information from the Internet.


Protecting your information

Your personal information is:

  • available to IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it to provide the services to you, and
  • not disclosed to other organizations except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act or the Citizenship Regulations.

For more information about the protection of your data, visit the Help Centre.


Appendix A

Name change

Consult the information below to determine the documents that are to be included with the minor’s application.


If you have legally changed the minor’s name within Canada

Then you must submit a copy of the change of name document issued by a Canadian province or territory, or by the appropriate foreign-state authority. The document must show both the minor’s previous and amended names.

The following documents are accepted:

  • legal change of name document;
  • court order specifying name change;
  • adoption order.

The following documents are accepted for changes to family name only:

  • marriage certificate;
  • divorce decree;
  • registration or declaration of union issued by civil authorities;
  • revocation of declaration or annulment of union issued by civil authorities;
  • registration for common-law relationship, in provinces that permit changes of name for common-law relationships under their provincial/territorial law.

If you have legally changed the minor’s name outside Canada and the minor is residing in Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • a foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • a foreign name change document that links the minor’s previous name to the new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation); and
  • a document in the new name from Canadian provinces/territories (ex. driver’s license, health card).

If you have legally changed the minor’s name outside Canada and the minor is residing outside Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • a foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • a foreign name change document that links the minor’s previous name to the new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation) or other foreign legal change of name document issued by foreign authorities; and
  • an authoritative national or state/province (or equivalent) issued photo identification document issued in the country, territory or state/province in which the minor resides that displays the new name, such as:
    • a foreign passport or other travel documents, if the minor is a dual citizen;
    • a state/provincial (or equivalent) identification card.

If you have applied and obtained an amendment to the minor’s Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence due to errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording the minor’s name, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of name.


Appendix B

Date of birth correction

The date of birth on the minor’s citizenship certificate will be the same as the one shown on their immigration document unless you:

  • have corrected the date of birth on the minor’s immigration document; or
  • have legally changed it after arriving in Canada; or
  • are requesting a different date of birth for the minor’s citizenship certificate and you can provide supporting documents.

If the date of birth has been corrected on the immigration document, then you must provide a copy of:

  • an approved Request to Amend Immigration Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688); and
  • the new corrected Permanent Resident Card (if the minor has one).

If you have legally changed the date of birth by a provincial/territorial court order, then you must provide a copy of:

If the minor did not change the date of birth by a provincial/territorial court order and the date of birth has not been corrected on the minor’s immigration document, then you must provide a copy of:

warningImportant information: You cannot request a change in the minor’s date of birth after the application has been submitted. If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the date of birth requested, the citizenship certificate will reflect the date of birth indicated on the minor’s immigration document.

warningImportant information: If you do not have a provincial/territorial court order changing the minor’s date of birth, you must first request an amendment to your immigration document before requesting a different date of birth on the minor’s citizenship certificate.

blue question markFor information on amending your immigration document
Refer to the guide Request to Amend the Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Valid Temporary Resident Documents (IMM 5218).


Appendix C

Gender Change

If you need to change the gender on your citizenship certificate or would like to use a different gender than the one on your immigration document, complete and submit the Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier [IRM 0002] (PDF, 1.79 MB) with your application.


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