Canada streamlines passport process for Canadians abroad

12 December 2013

Canada´s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced improvements to passport services for Canadians living and working outside Canada.

Canadians living and working outside Canada now have the option of choosing as a guarantor: an adult with a valid or recently expired Canadian passport (less than a year); or a member of an expanded list of a variety of occupations.

In addition, the list of guarantor occupations will be consistent for all Canadian passport applicants, wherever they may be outside Canada. If you prefer to choose a guarantor from the list of occupations below, they do not need to be Canadian citizens.

The new universal guarantor list will consist of the following occupations, found around the world: medical doctor; dean/head of university or college; dentist; judge; lawyer/notary; notary public; pharmacist; police officer; signing officer of a bank or trust company or of a financial institution that offers a full range of banking services (cash withdrawals, deposits, savings); and veterinarian.

Travelers may also consult Travel.gc.ca, where Canadians can find the information they need to travel or live abroad safely and to make informed decisions.

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