Apply for proof of citizenship urgently

We only process urgent applications for a citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship) in special cases. You could get urgent processing if you need a citizenship certificate to: 

  • access benefits like:
    • a pension
    • health care
    • a Social Insurance Number
  • prove you’re a Canadian citizen to get a job
  • travel to or from Canada because of a death or serious illness in your family

The application processing times show how long it takes us to process your application for a citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship).

We won’t urgently process your application if it doesn’t include:

  • an explanation letter
  • supporting documentation

Notice: Effective until fall 2017

Dual Canadian citizens impacted by eTA can apply for a proof of citizenship urgently. To qualify, the Canadian citizen must:

If you have not sent your application

  • download and print the Application for a Citizenship Certificate
  • complete the application
    • be sure you answer all questions
  • write an explanation of why you need urgent processing
    • include any documents that will support your explanation
  • put in your envelope your:
    • application
    • explanation
    • photographs
    • fee payment 
    • required documents
  • write “Urgent – Citizenship Certificate (Proof)” in large, dark letters on the envelope
  • mail your application to the address in the instruction guide

If you live inside Canada or the United States:

  • mail your application to the address listed in Step 4. Mail the application section of the instruction guide
  • an agent from our Case Processing Centre will review your application to see if we can process your request for a citizenship certificate urgently

If you live outside Canada or the United States, contact your region’s Canadian:

  • embassy
  • consulate
  • high commission

If you have already sent your application and now require urgent processing

If you live in Canada:

  • contact our Call Centre and speak to an agent
  • our agent will:
    • tell you if we can process your application for a citizenship certificate urgently
    • explain what you will need to do if we can urgently process it

If you live in the United States:

  • write an explanation of why you need urgent processing and include:
    • any documents that will support your explanation
    • your full name, date of birth and telephone numbers
  • write “Urgent – Citizenship Certificate (Proof)” in large, dark letters on your envelope
  • address your letter directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in Sydney, Nova Scotia, using the address in the instruction guide

If you live outside Canada and outside the United States, contact your region’s Canadian:

  • embassy
  • consulate
  • high commission
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