Determine your eligibility – who can apply for a travel document
Canada issues two types of travel documents to non-Canadians:
- refugee travel document: issued to protected persons in Canada, including convention refugees or persons in need of protection; and
- certificate of identity: issued to eligible permanent residents of Canada who are not protected persons and are stateless or cannot obtain a national passport or travel document from any other source.
Contact us if you do not know your immigration status.
Once we receive your application, we will determine whether to issue you a:
- Refugee travel document; or
- Certificate of identity
Travel documents for children
You may apply for a travel document for a child (under the age of 16) if you are:
- one of the child’s parents and providing proof of parentage or
- the child’s legal guardian and providing proof of legal guardianship or
- the custodial parent in the case of separation or divorce and providing all legal documents
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