Determine your eligibility – Official travel for dependants

Only persons accredited to a foreign country have diplomatic or consular privileges and immunities.

Your child may qualify for an official passport if they are:

  • a member of your immediate family
  • usually living with you
  • travelling with you or joining you abroad after you leave
  • listed on one of the following:
    • the Posting Confirmation Form (PCF) issued by Global Affairs Canada
    • the Posting Message issued by DND (Department of National Defense)
    • the memorandum from your department (in cases where PCFs are not issued)

There are additional considerations for children over 19 years old:

19 to 22 years old
  • If they are going to school
    • Their official passports are valid for five years or until six months after their 25th birthday, whichever comes first.
  • If they are not going to school
    • Their official passports are valid until six months after their 22nd birthday.
23 to 25 years old
  • If they are going to school
    • Their passports are valid until six months after their 25th birthday.
    • Their applications must include:
      • an email or letter from you (or another parent or guardian) saying your child is enrolled at a school
      • include the name of the school as well as the duration of the course or program, or
      • a transcript or document from the school showing the duration of the course or program
  • If they are not going to school
    • They’re not eligible for official passports.
Older than 25 years old
  • If they are going to school
  • If they are not going to school
    • They’re not eligible for official passports.
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