Notice – Passport Canada – Improvements to passport services for Canadians abroad

December 9, 2013 — As of December 9, 2013, Canadian passport applicants outside Canada seeking a guarantor will now have the option of choosing:

  • 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 listed below.

These changes will make it easier to find an acceptable guarantor. Canadians outside Canada will have more options, including selecting a guarantor from a new list that will include occupations found around the world. If you prefer to choose a guarantor from the list of occupations below, they do not need to be Canadian citizens.

The new list consists of the following occupations:

  • 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)
  • Veterinarian

Applicants may use previous versions of application forms and the current guarantor list until February 10, 2014.

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