Application to resume Canadian citizenship under subsection 11(1) (CIT 0301)
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This application is for a person who was previously a Canadian citizen, other than a person whose citizenship was revoked, and who wishes to resume citizenship under subsection 11(1) of the Citizenship Act. Do not use this application if you automatically acquired citizenship under amendments to the Citizenship Act that took effect April 17, 2009 or June 11, 2015.
Note: You are not eligible to resume Canadian citizenship under either subsection 11(1) if:
- you lost British subject status prior to January 1, 1947 (or prior to April 1, 1949 in the case of a person born or naturalized in Newfoundland and Labrador) because you made a declaration of alienage, had your British subject status revoked or ceased to be a British subject as a consequence of the revocation of another person’s status as a British subject;
- you had your Canadian citizenship revoked.
In such cases, you must apply for Canadian citizenship using the Application for Canadian citizenship - Adults (CIT 0002), where you can obtain the instruction guide and forms.
You could lose your present nationality or citizenship if you resume your Canadian citizenship. You should ask the government authorities of the country of your present nationality if your status will be affected.
Note: Are you already a Canadian citizen? On April 17, 2009 and June 11, 2015, the rules for Canadian citizenship changed and restored citizenship to many individuals who had lost it due to former legislation. Citizenship was not restored, however, to people who renounced their citizenship as adults with the Canadian government. For more information, visit Changes to citizenship rules or call the CIC Call Centre.
Before you apply
Read the instructions carefully. They contain important information. Be sure you are eligible the day before you sign and date your application. There is no refund of the processing fee.
Who can apply to resume their Canadian citizenship?
To qualify to resume your Canadian citizenship you must:
- have been a Canadian citizen;
- have lost your Canadian citizenship by means other than revocation;
- not be under a removal order (asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada);
- have become a permanent resident of Canada after the loss of your Canadian citizenship;
- not have any unfulfilled immigration conditions linked to your permanent resident status;
- have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 365 days during the two (2) years immediately before you apply;
- have met any applicable requirement under the Income Tax Act to file income taxes for the taxation year immediately before the year in which you are applying for citizenship; and
- not be subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act (see Section 9 of the application).
What you must send with your application
If this is your first citizenship application you must send original or certified true copies of all your documents. If the documents you are submitting are certified true copies, an authorized person must swear or affirm that the copies are true copies of the originals. An authorized person can be a commissioner of oaths, a notary public or a justice of the peace.
If you have made a citizenship application in the past, you may send a clear and legible photocopy of your documents.
You must send:
- proof that you were once a Canadian citizen (for example, a birth certificate or a Canadian citizenship certificate);
- proof that you ceased to be a Canadian citizen (for example, a foreign naturalization certificate or a written notification issued by the Canadian Citizenship authorities advising that you are no longer a Canadian citizen);
- Canadian immigration record (either your Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688 or IMM 5509) and both sides of your Permanent Resident Card (PRC) if you have one;
- at least two (2) pieces of personal identification, one of which must have your photo, such as a driver’s licence or a health insurance card;
- other documents, such as your marriage certificate and/or legal change of name certificate (if applicable).
Translation of documents
You must send the following for any document that is not in English or French:
- the English or French translation; and
- an affidavit from the person who completed the translation (see below for details); and
- a certified copy of the original document.
Translations may be done by a person who is fluent in both languages (English or French and the unofficial language).
If the translation isn’t done by a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial organization 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. A certified translator will provide both a certified translation and certified copies of the original documents.
The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:
- 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.
Important information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by members of the applicant’s family. This includes a parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.
Note: 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.
Consult the information below to determine the documents that are to be included with your application.
If you have legally changed your 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 your 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 your name outside Canada and are 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 document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation); and
- A document in the new name from Canadian provinces or territories (ex. driver's license, health card, age of majority card, senior citizen’s identification card, or social service card)
If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are 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 document that links your previous name to your 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 or state/province in which you reside that displays the new name, such as:
- a foreign passport or other travel documents, if you are a dual citizen;
- a state/provincial (or equivalent) identification card.
If you have applied and obtained an amendment to your Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence due to errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording your name, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of name.
Important information: Once processing of your application has begun a name change can only be made due to an administrative error made by the Department, or a legal change of name.
Important information: You cannot request a change of an adopted person’s name after Part 2 of the application has been submitted.
If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the request for a change of name, the name that appears on the citizenship certificate will be the name listed on the adoption order.
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
- 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.
Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. Fees must be included with this application.
|Application (per person)||$CAN|
|Resume your citizenship
Adult (18 and over)
|Resume your citizenship
Minor (under 18)
Explanation of fees and refunds
This section describes the fees that are required and if they are refundable. All payment must be made in Canadian funds.
Amount: $530 for each adult applicant and $100 for each minor
Non-refundable once processing has begun, regardless of the final decision.
Incorrect fee payments
Payment issue - No fee included or insufficient fees included
We will return your application.
Note: : We will only start processing your application after you return your application with the requested fees.
Payment issue - Overpayment
- start processing your application, and
- send you a refund as soon as possible.
Note: You do not have to ask for a refund, it will be done automatically.
Pay your fees online
You can pay your fees online if you have:
- a valid email address;
- access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt), and
- a credit or debit card.
Follow these instructions to pay using the Internet.
- Go to online Payment.
- Follow the online instructions.
- At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.
Do not exit without printing the receipt!
- Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application. Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.
Proof of payment
The receipt you printed is your proof of payment.
The only acceptable form of payment is online payment. If you send any other form of payment, IRCC will return your application.
You can submit an IMM 5401 payment receipt with your application only if it was date-stamped by a Canadian financial institution before April 1st, 2016.
How to complete your application
If you are applying for resumption of citizenship under subsection 11(1), before completing the application to resume Canadian citizenship, calculate your physical presence time to determine whether you qualify to apply now. You must be a permanent resident residing in Canada for at least 365 days during the two (2) years immediately before the date you sign your application. Time spent on probation, on parole, or in prison during this year may not qualify as physical presence time. If you have questions about your physical presence, contact the Call Centre.
Follow the instructions carefully. An application will not be accepted for processing if all of the necessary documents have not been submitted. If you need more space to answer any questions use an extra sheet of paper and indicate the number and/or letter of the question you are answering.
Warning: The information you provide on your application and supporting documents may be subject to verification. Throughout the application process, if you or someone on your behalf provides any misleading or fraudulent information, or withhold any information that could cause an error in the administration of the Citizenship Act, you could be charged with an offence under the Citizenship Act, your application to resume citizenship could be refused, and you could be prohibited from reapplying for citizenship for five (5) years.
Follow these step-by-step instructions
You must indicate whether you would like service in English or French.
You must indicate if you have any special needs. Special needs are described as:
- wheelchair access
- sign language interpretation
- personal assistance (for example, you will be accompanied by a care attendant, an interpreter, a seeing eye dog, a sighted guide, etc.)
Note: It is important to provide the information if you need assistance in order for CIC to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate you.
You must indicate if you have ever applied to resume Canadian citizenship before. Check “No” or “Yes”. If “Yes”, indicate when you last applied.
You must indicate if you have ever had a certificate of Canadian citizenship. Check “No” or “Yes”. If you check “Yes”, indicate the family name, given names, certificate number and the date the certificate was issued.
You must indicate whether you have previously returned the certificate of Canadian citizenship and/or the pink transmission copy of a certificate, or whether you are returning it with this application. If the certificate is not being returned, you must tell us if it was stolen, lost, or destroyed. Indicate if the theft or loss was reported to police and give the details, (e.g., a copy of the police report).
You must return any Canadian citizenship certificates in your possession. Failure to do so will result in delays in processing your application.
A. Indicate your family name and given name(s), as they appear on your Record of Landing (IMM 1000), Permanent Resident Card (PRC) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688 or IMM 5509).
B. Write your current last name (surname/family name) and given name(s), if different from question 4A. Important information: You must provide supporting documents for any change in your name. See “Name change” in the Gather Documents section.
C. If you have used another name in the past, or are known by a name other than the one you listed above, indicate the name on the application form. (Other names can include your birth name, nicknames, community names, etc.)
Note: You cannot request a change of name after your application has been submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
A. Enter your date of birth exactly as it appears on your Record of Landing (IMM 1000), your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688 or IMM 5509) or Permanent Resident Card (PRC), or as it appears on your amendment made to these documents, if you have already obtained one. This is the date of birth that will appear on your citizenship certificate.
Note: If you requested an amendment to your Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence, you will need to provide both your original Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence and the letter you received confirming the change(s) you requested have been done.
If the date of birth on the Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Permanent Resident Card is not your correct date of birth, it may be possible to change the information in your immigration records. Your Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Permanent Resident Card (PRC) will be changed only to correct mistakes made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in recording the information you provided when you applied to come to Canada. You must obtain the correct version before submitting your application for citizenship. Do not apply for citizenship until you have received a response to your request. Include your new corrected Permanent Resident Card or the letter of amendment and your original Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence with your citizenship application. You may not change your birth date during the processing of your application for citizenship.
This guide does not provide general information about amending your Record of Landing (IMM 1000), Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688 or IMM 5509) or Permanent Resident Card (PRC). For information on amending your Record of Landing or your Confirmation of Permanent Residence, refer to the guide Request to Amend the Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Valid Temporary Resident Documents (IMM 5218). For information on amending your Permanent Resident Card, refer to the guide Application for a Permanent Resident Card (IMM 5445).
Indicate the place and country where you were born.
B. Indicate whether you are male or female, your height, and the colour of your eyes. We need this information for our records. Your eye colour, sex, and height will be shown on your citizenship certificate.
C. Indicate your legal marital status.
A. Provide your current home address complete with postal code.
B. If your mailing address is different from your home address, include your mailing address, complete with postal code.
If the mailing address is that of a representative, you must indicate their mailing address in this section and complete the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476).
C. List the phone number(s) where you can be reached.
Indicate your e-mail address using this format (if applicable): firstname.lastname@example.org
If you provide your e-mail address, CIC may correspond with you about your application via e-mail if necessary.
If the email address is that of a representative, you must indicate their e-mail address in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.
D. Write how long you have lived at your current home address.
In order for a citizenship officer and/or judge to make an assessment concerning your physical presence in Canada, complete Section 7 of the application in detail. You may be asked to provide original documentation to support the statements you make in Section 7.
A. List all countries of which you are a citizen. Indicate the dates and how you obtained this citizenship.
B. If your most recent certificate of Canadian citizenship was issued before February 15, 1977 or you have never had a certificate, list all absences from Canada for one (1) year or longer before 1977. List from the date you left Canada to the date you returned. Indicate in which country you were living and the reason for the absence.
C. Give the date when you became a permanent resident. Refer to box 45 of your Record of Landing (IMM 1000), box 46 of your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688 or IMM 5509), or the back of your Permanent Resident Card (PRC).
D. Give the date you returned to Canada to live if different from C.
E. Write if you are a permanent resident (or the equivalent) of any other country other than Canada. If yes, list the country (countries) and the date you obtained this status for each country.
F. If you left Canada in the last two (2) years immediately before the date of your application or since you became a Permanent Resident, whichever is most recent (including vacations and all trips to the United States), indicate yes and give details of all the time you spent away from Canada. If you have not travelled outside Canada in the past two (2) years, check no and move to section (G).
G. List all of your Canadian and overseas addresses for the last two (2) years, including the postal codes.
H. Answer all of the questions by checking yes or no. If you checked yes for any of the questions, you must complete the Residence Outside Canada form (CIT 0177), and submit any supporting documents requested in that form.
Note that the only eligible employers are the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province. Employment as a locally engaged person is not included.
You must have filed an income tax return, if required under the Income Tax Act, for the taxation year before you apply for citizenship.
To determine if you were required under the Income Tax Act to file income taxes, refer to Newcomers to Canada (immigrants).
Check the box in A or B to indicate if you have a Social Insurance Number (SIN), a Temporary Tax Number (TTN), or an Individual Tax Number (ITN).
If you check box A, provide the most recent number that you used to file your income taxes. Indicate the taxation year, whether you were required to file personal income taxes, and whether or not you filed personal income taxes for the taxation year immediately before the year in which you are applying for citizenship.
With your consent to the sharing of your income tax filing information between CIC and CRA, this information will be used by CIC to determine if you meet the income tax filing requirement of the Citizenship Act. Please note that if you do not provide your consent for that specific purpose, your application will be returned as incomplete and not be processed.
With your consent, CIC may also use this information, if required, to help determine if you meet the physical presence requirements of the Citizenship Act.
Please note that if you do not provide your consent, your application will be returned as incomplete and not be processed.
If you check box B, you are declaring that you do not have a SIN, TTN, or ITN and you were not required to file personal income tax for the taxation year immediately before the year in which you are applying for citizenship.
To check your personal tax information, you may refer to the CRA’s My Account online service.
Prohibitions under the Citizenship Act
Certain conditions outlined in the Citizenship Act may affect your application to resume citizenship. To find out if these apply to you, go to Section 9 of the application. If any of the questions in Section 9 of the application apply to you, you must provide details and if applicable, attach court documents.
CIC checks with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, Immigration officials and/or Canadian Border Services Agency officials to find out if there are any criminal, security or immigration reasons that could prevent you from resuming Canadian citizenship or if there are any removal orders against you. Also, your entry to Canada and your status will be verified with Immigration officials.
You may be required to provide fingerprints or court documents to ensure that you are not prohibited under the Citizenship Act.
For any country, other than Canada, where you were present for six (6) months or longer (cumulative) during the two (2) years immediately before the date of your application, you are required to provide an original police or clearance certificate for that country.
Consult How to get a police certificate for specific and up-to-date information on how to obtain police certificates from any country.
If you received a certificate of Canadian citizenship on or after February 15, 1977, go to Section 13.
Check the box to indicate if you have ever lived in Canada. If yes, indicate either since birth or the date you first entered Canada to live.
Answer all questions regarding your parents as applicable:
- Indicate the relationship of your parents to you by indicating Natural or Adoptive.
- Indicate your parents’ family name, given name(s), date of birth and place/country of birth.
- Indicate where your parents were married (if applicable) and the date of the marriage.
- Indicate how your parents obtained Canadian citizenship.
- Indicate if your parents left Canada for more than one (1) year before 1977. If yes, indicate the dates they were away and the country they were in.
- Indicate if your parents are or were a citizen of a country other than Canada. If yes, indicate the details showing the country, date and how the citizenship was obtained.
- Indicate if your parents were employed in Canada by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
- If your parents were born in Canada, indicate if one of your grandparents was employed by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
If you are a woman and married before January 1, 1947:
- Indicate your husband’s family name, given name(s), country and date of birth.
- Indicate the country you were married in and the date of your marriage.
- Indicate if your husband is a Canadian citizen, and if he is, provide the details.
- Indicate the number from your husband’s citizenship certificate, if he has one, and the date he acquired citizenship.
Provide the above information for each marriage before January 1, 1947.
If you check the “yes” box:
- you authorize CIC to provide your name, address and preferred official language to your federal Member of Parliament so that he or she can send you a letter of congratulations once your Canadian citizenship is resumed.
If you check the “no” box:
- CIC will not forward your information to your Member of Parliament.
Note: If you are not a resident of Canada you do not have to complete Section 13.
(a) National Register of Electors – Authorization
Check either the Yes box or the No box to indicate whether or not you authorize CIC to provide your name, address, sex and date of birth to Elections Canada to be added to the National Register of Electors (the Register). When you become a Canadian citizen and are 18 years of age or older, you have the right to vote in federal elections and referendums. Elections Canada maintains the Register and uses it during a federal election or referendum to produce voters lists and to communicate with eligible voters.
If you check the Yes box, CIC will provide your name, address, sex and date of birth to Elections Canada to be added to the Register, but only after you become a Canadian citizen. If you check the No box, CIC will not provide your information to Elections Canada. You will still have the right to vote in federal elections and referendums, but you will have to take the necessary steps to be added to the list.
More information about the Register and its uses is available at www.elections.ca. You can also call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
(b) Québec’s Permanent List of Electors - Authorization
For Québec residents only.
When you resume your Canadian citizenship, you will have the right to vote. As soon as you become a Canadian citizen, you may want to have your name entered on Québec’s Permanent List of Electors.
What is Québec’s Permanent List of Electors?
The Permanent List of Electors is the registry of persons who are entitled to vote during elections and referendums in Québec. Those persons whose names appear on this list have the right to vote in provincial, municipal and school elections. The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec is responsible for drawing up and updating the Permanent List of Electors.
If you check the “yes” box in Section 14 (b):
- You authorize CIC to provide your name, address, sex and date of birth to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec so that your name can be added to the Permanent List of Electors if you become a Canadian citizen;
If you check the “no” box in Section 14 (b):
- CIC will not give your information to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec;
- To be able to vote in a provincial, municipal or school election, you will have to go to the revision office and present two supporting documents to register your name on the list of electors.
Your personal information is protected.
Under the Election Act of Québec, the information provided by CIC to the Chief Electoral Officer may only be used for election purposes. The computer systems of CIC and those of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec are not linked. CIC will not disclose to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec the information needed to register you on the Permanent List of Electors without your consent.
For more information, call toll-free: 1-888-ELECTION (1-888-353-2846) or visit the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec.
(c) Canada Revenue Agency
Subsection 8(1) of the Privacy Act and paragraph 241(5)(b) of the Income Tax Act allows the CRA to provide personal information to CIC, with the consent of the relevant individuals.
This consent is required under paragraph 12(1)(f) of the Citizenship Regulations No. 2.
- Check Yes box to authorize the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide details of your tax filing information to CIC. By selecting Yes you are also authorizing CIC to collect your tax filing information from the CRA in order to determine whether you meet the income tax filing requirement for citizenship.
- Check Yes box to authorize the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide details of your tax filing information (including income, benefit, and physical presence information) to CIC. By selecting Yes you are also authorizing CIC to collect your tax filing information from the CRA in order to help determine whether you meet the physical presence requirement for citizenship.
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 CIC 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 5561 – Instructions – Use of a Representative.
You must sign the application with the signature you currently use on other official documents. Indicate where and when (date and place) you signed your application. Make sure you are eligible to resume citizenship before that date because the application fee is not refundable.
The application must be signed and dated before it is sent for processing. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will use the date you sign your application for the purpose of determining whether you meet the applicable criteria. If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you. Your application will also be returned to you if it is stale-dated (we receive an application signed more than three (3) months ago) or if it is post-dated (we receive an application dated into the future).
Make sure that you are eligible to resume Canadian citizenship on the day before you sign the application.
Note: Your application will be returned to you if:
- You have appointed an individual, firm or organization as your representative and you did not submit the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) with your application or the Use of a Representative form you submitted is incomplete.
- You appoint a compensated representative who is not:
- a member of the designated body (consultants who is in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
- a lawyer or paralegal who is member in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society or who a student-at-law under their supervision; or
- a notary who is a member in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec or a student-at-law under their supervision.
Where to send your application
On the envelope to mail your application, print:
(Your Postal Code)
Case Processing Centre - Sydney
P.O. Box 10000
SYDNEY, NS B1P 7C1
If you are sending more than one application (for example, applications for family members), you may send one receipt to cover all applications. Mail the receipt and all applications together in one envelope so that they will be processed together.
What happens next
Once your application is received at the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, it will be reviewed and processing will begin.
Some applications may encounter delays and require more time for processing. In these cases, you will be contacted for more information, or asked to supply additional documents. You may be asked to appear in person before a citizenship officer and/or judge.
If you meet the requirements to resume citizenship and you are in Canada, your local citizenship office will let you know when and where to go to take the oath of citizenship before a citizenship judge. If you meet the requirements to resume citizenship and you are outside Canada, CIC will let you know when and where to go to take the oath of citizenship before a foreign service officer. If you would like to take the oath in Canada, please let CIC know.
After you take the oath, you will receive your citizenship certificate.
Checking application status on line
You can check the status of your application on-line by doing the following:
- Go to Check application status on the CIC website.
- Follow the instructions provided.
Note: Your application status will only appear on-line once the application is received and the initial review by CIC is completed.
To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the Help Centre section.
If you reside in Canada:
You may Contact Us for more information.
For more information
Current processing times
Processing time can change. You can check current processing times on the Application processing times webpage.
Protecting your information
Your personal information:
- is available to CIC and CBSA employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you,
- may be shared, with your consent, with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the purposes of validating your tax filing and residence information, and
- is not disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act and Citizenship Regulations.
Note: The legal authority for CIC to collect income tax information, including filing history and the Social Insurance Number (SIN) is provided for in subsection 11(1) of the Citizenship Act, section 26.6 of the Citizenship Regulations and paragraph 12(1)(e) of the Citizenship Regulations, No 2. The CRA’s legal authority to disclose income tax information including filing history upon applicant consent is provided for in paragraph 241(5)(b) of the Income Tax Act. Income tax information including filing history provided by the CRA to CIC may be used to verify a citizenship applicant’s income tax information including filing history for the purpose of assessing their citizenship application against the tax filing and physical presence requirements of paragraph 11(1)(d) of the Citizenship Act. CIC may, on occasion, send information pertaining to a citizenship application to the CRA in respect of any relevant information related to any discrepancies between the information obtained from the applicant and that provided by the CRA if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the discrepancy is a result of false representation, fraud or concealment of material circumstances made in the course of an application, as well as any personal information, including the SIN, of an applicant that the CRA is authorized to collect for the purpose of the administration of the Income Tax Act. CIC will not use this information for any other purpose or share it with any other third party.
For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre on our website.
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.
Changing sex designation
If you are requesting a change of sex designation, you must submit proof to support the request. See below for the list of acceptable documents you may submit.
Documentary evidence issued in Canada
To request a change of sex designation where the documentary evidence was issued in Canada, you must submit one of the following documents issued by a provincial or territorial authority:
- a legal document issued by provincial or territorial vital statistics organizations showing a change of sex designation;
- a court order; or
- an amended birth certificate showing a change of sex designation.
IRCC does not require proof of sex reassignment surgery to amend the sex designation on documents. However, you may, in order to support your request to change your sex designation, submit proof of sex reassignment surgery (partial or full) from a medical practitioner in good standing with the regulatory body under which they practice.
If you have an amendment to your Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence because of errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording your sex, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of sex.
Note: Your provincial or territorial identification (such as a driver’s license) is not enough to process a change of sex designation. You must submit:
- one of the documents listed above, or
- a Request form for a Change of Sex Designation (CIT 0404) as listed below.
If you cannot get any of the documentary evidence listed above, you must submit the following document:
- a Request form for a Change of Sex Designation (CIT 0404) (PDF, 1.52MB) stating:
- that your gender identity matches the requested change in sex designation,
- that you are living full-time in the gender corresponding to the sex designation requested to appear on the IRCC document, and
- the reason why you could not submit a provincial or territorial document (see requirements for witnesses below);
Note: If you do not explain why you did not submit a provincial or territorial document, your application will be returned as incomplete.
If you are residing in Canada, the Request form for a Change of Sex Designation will need to be witnessed and sworn in the presence of:
- a notary public,
- a commissioner of taking oaths, or
- a commissioner of taking affidavits.
If you are residing outside Canada, it must be sworn in the presence of a notary public.
Documentary evidence issued outside Canada
If your documentary evidence is issued outside Canada, you must submit the following:
a document showing a change in sex designation, such as a legal order, court order or amended birth certificate
- a Request form for a Change of Sex Designation (CIT 0404) (PDF, 1.52MB) and
- photo identification issued by the national, state or provincial (or equivalent) authority where you reside, showing the amended sex designation.
IRCC does not require proof of sex reassignment surgery in order to amend the sex designation on documents. However, you may, in order to support your request to change your sex designation, submit proof of sex reassignment surgery (partial or full) from a medical practitioner in good standing with the regulatory body under which they practice.
If you are residing in Canada, supplementary photo identification can include the following documents issued by a Canadian province or territory:
- a driver's license;
- a health card;
- an age of majority card;
- a social services card;
- a senior citizen identification card.
If you are residing outside Canada, supplementary photo identification can include:
- an amended foreign passport, for dual Canadian citizens; or
- a national or state identification card.
Any copy of a foreign passport or national authoritative document should show:
- the document type and number,
- the issuance date and expiry date, and
- your full name, photo and date of birth.
Note: If you are unable to provide photo identification in the amended sex designation, you must explain why (example: fear of persecution or you were not able to amend foreign documents before you amended your Canadian documents). If you do not provide photo identification and you have failed to provide an adequate reason, the application will be returned as incomplete.
"X" in the sex field on an immigration document
In the future, we will be introducing an "X" in the sex field. Sign up for email updates on changing your sex to X (unspecified). Until this becomes available, you may request a supporting document, free of charge that will state that your sex is unspecified.
You can request the supporting document once your application has been approved and you’ve received your citizenship certificate.
If your birth certificate has a sex other than male (M) or female (F):
- On your application form, identify the sex you would like displayed (M or F) until the X can be issued.
- The sex chosen (M or F) on your application will be the sex printed on your certificate.
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