Application for a Citizenship Certificate for Adults and Minors (Proof of Citizenship) under Section 3 (CIT 0001)

Table of Contents


Overview

Application package

This application package consists of:

  • an instruction guide, and
  • the required forms.

The instruction guide is a tool that provides:

  • the information you must know about this application before sending it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and
  • assistance with how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents.

Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application.


Symbols used in this guide

This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular importance.

Required step

What you must do to have your application processed.

Important information

Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.

Get more information

Where to get more information.

Note:

Tips that will assist you with this application.



Before you apply

Who may apply for a citizenship certificate?

This application form is for a person who is already a Canadian citizen and wants to obtain a citizenship certificate.

  • If you are an adult (18 years of age and over)
    • Then you are the applicant
  • If you are filing this application for a minor (a person who is under 18 years of age)
    • Then the minor is the applicant

Replacing your certificate

Reasons why you need to replace your certificate

  • the information on the certificate is out of date, or
  • the certificate has been damaged, stolen, lost or destroyed

What you need to do…

  • you must return all original citizenship/naturalization certificates and any pink transmission copies that you still have.

Note: Failure to do so will result in the return of your application.

Note: Original citizenship/naturalization certificates and pink transmission copies submitted with your application will not be returned and are retained by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If your application is approved, you will only receive your replacement certificate.


Are you a citizen of another country?

If you are a citizen of another country and you have concerns about whether or not your citizenship status in that country may be affected by applying for a Canadian citizenship certificate, you should inquire with the embassy, high commission or consulate of that country.


Amendments to the Citizenship Act limit citizenship by descent

On April 17, 2009, the rules for Canadian citizenship changed for persons born outside Canada to Canadian parents and who were not already Canadian citizens when the rules changed.

These rules did not take Canadian citizenship away from any person who was a Canadian citizen immediately before the rules came into effect.

Canadian citizenship by birth outside Canada to a Canadian citizen parent (citizenship by descent) is now limited to the first generation born outside Canada.

This means that, in general, persons who were not already Canadian citizens immediately before April 17, 2009 and who were born outside Canada to a Canadian parent are not Canadian if:

  • their Canadian parent was also born outside Canada to a Canadian parent (the person is therefore the second or subsequent generation born outside Canada), or
  • their Canadian parent was granted Canadian citizenship under section 5.1, the adoption provisions of the Citizenship Act (the person is therefore the second generation born outside Canada)

unless their Canadian parent or grandparent was employed as described in one of the following exceptions to the first generation limit.

Exceptions to the first generation limit

The first generation limit to citizenship does not apply to a person born outside Canada in the second or subsequent generation if:

  • at the time of the person’s birth, their parent was employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory, other than as a locally engaged person (a crown servant);
  • at the time of their parent’s birth or adoption, the person’s grandparent was employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or public service of a province or territory, other than as a locally engaged person (a crown servant).

Persons born to a Canadian parent who are not eligible for citizenship by descent due to the first generation limit may apply for and obtain permanent resident status and subsequently submit an application for a grant of citizenship under section 5 of the Citizenship Act.

Persons born to a Canadian parent on or after April 17, 2009 who are not eligible for citizenship by descent due to the first generation limit may be stateless (and have always been stateless), but be resident in Canada. Those persons may apply for a grant of citizenship under subsection 5(5) of the Citizenship Act. For further information, consult the page on Citizenship grants: Statelessness.

Note: Some naturalized Canadian citizens became Canadian citizens by descent by operation of law under these amendments which could impact their eligibility to pass on Canadian citizenship to children born outside Canada to them or adopted by them.

Amendments to the Citizenship Act extending citizenship

On June 11, 2015, citizenship was extended to more persons who were born before the Canadian Citizenship Act took effect on January 1, 1947 as well as to their children who were born outside Canada in the first generation. Specifically, the amendments gave Canadian citizenship to persons who were born or naturalized in Canada as well as to those who were British subjects ordinarily resident in Canada on January 1, 1947 (April 1, 1949, in the case of Newfoundland and Labrador), but who were not eligible for Canadian citizenship when the Canadian Citizenship Act took effect. The amendments also retroactively gave Canadian citizenship to the children of these persons who were born abroad in the first generation as well as to children of parents who became citizens on January 1, 1947 (or April 1, 1949), if born abroad in the first generation but who did not themselves become Canadian citizens on those dates.

On June 19, 2014, the exception to the first generation limit to citizenship by descent was extended to children born outside Canada whose grandparent, at the time of the child’s parent’s birth or adoption, was employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory, other than as a locally engaged person.

Note: Some naturalized Canadian citizens became Canadian citizens by descent by operation of law under these amendments, which could impact their eligibility to pass on Canadian citizenship to children born outside Canada to them or adopted by them. If you think that this may apply to you and you would like more information, contact CIC (see: “How to Contact CIC” at the end of this guide).


Step 1. Gather documents

What documents are required?

Refer to the Document Checklist which is included at the end of the form (CIT 0001) for the list of required documents.

Note: If any of the required documents are missing, or photocopies are not clear, your application may be returned to you.

Note: Additional documents and information may be required during the processing of your application

  • If this application is for your first citizenship certificate
    • Then provide clear and legible certified copies of your documents
  • If this application is for a replacement of your citizenship certificate
    • Then provide clear and legible photocopies of your documents, unless otherwise stated

Note: Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards, bank cards and credit cards are not acceptable pieces of identification.


Name change

Consult the information below to determine the documents that are to be included with your application.

If you have legally changed your name within Canada

Then you must submit a copy of the change of name document issued by a Canadian province or territory, or by the appropriate foreign-state authority. The document must show both your previous and amended names.

The following documents are accepted:

  • Legal change of name document
  • Amended birth certificate
  • Court order specifying name change
  • Adoption order

The following documents are accepted for changes to family name only:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Registration or declaration of union issued by civil authorities
  • Revocation of declaration or annulment of union issued by civil authorities
  • Registration for common-law relationship, in provinces that permit changes of name for common-law relationships under their provincial/territorial law

If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing in Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • A foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • A document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation); and
  • A document in the new name from Canadian provinces or territories (ex. driver's license, health card, age of majority card, senior citizen’s identification card, or social service card)

If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing outside Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • a foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • a document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation) or other foreign legal change of name document issued by foreign authorities; and
  • an authoritative national or state/province (or equivalent) issued photo identification document issued in the country or state/province in which you reside that displays the new name, such as:
    • a foreign passport or other travel documents, if you are a dual citizen;
    • a state/provincial (or equivalent) identification card.

If you have applied and obtained an amendment to your Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence due to errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording your name, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of name.

Important information: Once processing of your application has begun a name change can only be made due to an administrative error made by the Department, or a legal change of name.


Date of birth correction

The date of birth on your citizenship certificate will be the same as the one shown on your previous citizenship certificate, if you had one, or your birth certificate or foreign passport unless:

  • for former permanent residents of Canada, you have corrected your date of birth on your immigration document, or
  • you have legally changed it, or
  • you are requesting a different date of birth for your citizenship certificate and you can provide supporting documents.
  • If you are a former permanent resident of Canada, and your date of birth has been corrected on your immigration document
    • Then you must provide a copy of an approved Request to Amend Immigration Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
  • If you have legally changed your date of birth by a provincial/territorial court order
  • If you are residing outside Canada and you have legally changed your date of birth by court order outside Canada
  • If you did not change your date of birth by a provincial/territorial or foreign court order and you are a former permanent resident and your date of birth has not been corrected on your immigration document

Important information: You cannot request a change in your date of birth after your application has been submitted. If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the date of birth requested, the citizenship certificate will reflect the date of birth indicated on your previous citizenship certificate, if you had one, or your birth certificate or foreign passport.

Important information: If you do not have a court order changing your date of birth and you were formerly a permanent resident of Canada, you must first request an amendment to your immigration document before requesting a different date of birth on your citizenship certificate.

For more information. For information on amending your immigration document
Refer to the guide Request to Amend the Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Valid Temporary Resident Documents (IMM 5218).


Quebec government documents

The following documents issued by the government of Quebec before January 1, 1994 are not acceptable documents in support of an application for a citizenship certificate.

  • baptismal certificates
  • birth certificates, and
  • marriage certificates.

For more information. If you are currently in possession of one of these certificates you must obtain a new document by contacting the office of the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec


Exception to citizenship by birth in Canada

A child born in Canada to a foreign diplomat, a representative or employee in Canada of a foreign government, a foreign diplomat’s, representative’s or employee’s employee or an officer or employee of a specialized agency of the United Nations or another international organization who is granted diplomatic privileges or immunities is not Canadian at birth unless the other parent was a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of the child’s birth.


Crown Servants

The table below will help you to determine if proof of employment is required to demonstrate that one of your Canadian parents or grandparents was employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory, other than as a locally engaged person at the time of your birth or at the time of your parent’s birth or adoption.

Questions If your answer is:

1. Was your Canadian parent born in Canada or granted citizenship, also known as naturalization, (except for a grant of citizenship under the adoption provisions) before your birth?

YES. This section does not apply to you. Submit your application.

NO. Proceed to question 2.

2. Was one of your Canadian parents a Crown servant (employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or public service or a province, other than as a locally engaged person) at the time of your birth outside Canada?

YES. This section does apply to you. Proof of your parent’s employment at the time of your birth is required. Refer to the section below on Acceptable proof of employment as a Crown servant’’.

NO. Proceed to question 3.

3. Was one of your grandparents a Crown servant (employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province, other than as a locally engaged person), at the time of your Canadian parent’s birth or adoption outside Canada?

YES. This section does apply to you. Proof of your grandparent’s employment at the time of your parent’s birth or adoption is required. Refer to the section below on ‘’Acceptable proof of employment as a Crown servant’’.

NO. This section does not apply to you. Submit your application.

Acceptable proof of employment as a Crown servant

The employment document must be issued by the responsible authority (the employer) and contain the following information :

  • Your parent or grandparent’s name; and
  • Start date, employment duration and title of the position they held in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory; and
  • Transfer date, employment duration and title of the position they held outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory.

Certified true copies

To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:

  • “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,
  • the name of the original document,
  • the date of the certification,
  • his or her name,
  • his or her official position or title, and
  • his or her signature.

Who can certify copies?

Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oathsNote 1
  • a commissioner of taking affidavitsNote 1

Outside Canada:

Family members may not certify copies of your documents. Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.


Translation of documents

Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation; and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

Translations may be done by a person who is fluent in both languages (English or French and the unofficial language). If the translation is not provided by a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial organization of translators and interpreters in Canada, the translation must be accompanied by an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the language proficiency of the translator.

The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oathsNote 1
  • a commissioner of taking affidavitsNote 1

Outside of Canada:

Important information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by members of the applicant’s family. Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.

Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document. Translators who are certified members in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada do not need to supply an affidavit.



Note

Photographs

You must:

  • provide two (2) identical citizenship photographs;
  • print the Citizenship Photo Specifications page and take it to the photographer to make sure you get the correct size photo;
  • follow the steps explained on the form; and
  • not staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.

Your application will be returned to you if you do not include the two (2) photos that meet the citizenship photo specifications.


Step 2. Complete the application

Filling out the application

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application form.

The following is the form that must be filled out and submitted:

Application for a Citizenship Certificate for Adults and Minors (Proof of Citizenship) Under Section 3 (CIT 0001) (PDF, 1,9 MB)

Important information: If you are completing this application for a minor under 18 years of age, remember all questions are about the minor applicant.

Note: It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information you provide on your application will be subject to verification.



Important information

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. If your application is incomplete it may be returned to you and this will delay the processing of your application.

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.


Section 1

Question 1

Would you like to receive service (correspondence, interview) in English or in French?

Section 2

Question 2

Check the box to indicate if you have ever had a previous Canadian citizenship certificate. If yes, you must indicate the surname/last name and given name(s), certificate number and date citizenship was acquired.

I am applying for a replacement

Check the box to indicate whether you are:

  • applying to update your certificate, or
  • to replace it.

If you are applying to replace your certificate you must:

  • indicate if it was stolen, lost or destroyed, and
  • you must indicate if the theft or loss was reported to the police.

Note: You must provide details of theft, loss or destruction in the area provided.

Important information: It is contrary to the Regulations to have more than one valid citizenship or naturalization certificate. If you have any certificate or any pick transmission copy of a certificate, you must send them back to us. Failure to do so will result in delays in processing your application. If, after you get your new certificate, you find a certificate that was declared lost or misplaced, you have to send them back to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.


Section 3

Question 3

Write your surname/last name and given name(s).

If you are applying to replace your certificate your name will be the same as what was on your previously issued certificate.

If this is the first time you are applying for a citizenship certificate, the name on your citizenship certificate will be the same as the one shown on your birth certificate or foreign passport.

If you want a different name on your certificate, you must provide us with satisfactory documentation. See name change section of this guide.

If you have used other names in the past, or are known by a name other than the one you listed above, indicate them in the space provided. (Other names can include your birth name, nicknames, call names, community name, etc.) You can use a separate piece of paper if required.


Section 4

Question 4A

Date of birth

Write your date of birth.

If you are applying to replace your certificate your date of birth will be the same as what was on your previously issued certificate.

If this is the first time you are applying for a citizenship certificate, the date of birth on your citizenship certificate will be the same as the one shown on your birth certificate or foreign passport.

If you want a different date of birth on your certificate, you must provide us with satisfactory documentation. See date of birth correction section of this guide.

Question 4B

Write your place and country of birth.

Question 4C

Check the box to indicate whether you are male or female. Proceed by including your height, and the colour of your eyes. Check the box to indicate your legal marital status.

Note: We need this information for our records. The colour of your eyes and height will be shown on your citizenship certificate.


Section 5

Question 5

If you are a woman and married before January 1, 1947.
Write:

  • your husband’s surname/last name, given name(s) and his date and place of birth.
  • the country you were married in and the date of your marriage.
  • if your husband is a Canadian citizen, and if he is, provide the details.
  • the number from your husband’s citizenship certificate, if he has one, and the date he acquired citizenship.

Section 6

Question 6

Check the box to indicate if you are a citizen of one or more countries other than Canada. If yes, include the country or countries, the date and how you obtained the citizenship.

Absences from Canada:
Check the box to indicate if you left Canada for 1 year or longer before 1977. If yes, provide the dates you were away, the country of destination and the reasons why you went to that country.


Section 7

Question 7

We may need to contact you by phone and by email. List the phone number(s) and email where you can be reached.

If the email address is that of a representative, you must indicate their e-mail address in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.

If applicable, write your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: name@provider.net

Note: By indicating your e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing CIC to transmit all correspondence, including file and personal information to this specific e-mail address.

Provide your current home address including your postal code.

If your mailing address is different from your home address, include your mailing address with your postal code.

If the mailing address is that of a representative, you must indicate their mailing address(es) in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.


Section 8

Question 8A

Answer all questions on the application regarding your parents:

  • Check the box to indicate the relationship of your parent(s) to you by selecting Natural or Adoptive.
  • Print your parent(s) surname/last name, other names used, given name(s), date of birth and place of birth.
  • Indicate where your parents were married (if applicable) and the date of the marriage.
  • Indicate how your parent(s) obtained Canadian citizenship.
  • Indicate when your parent(s) first entered Canada to live.
  • Check the box to indicate if your parent(s) have left Canada for more than 1 year before 1977. If yes, provide the dates they were away and the destination country.
  • Check the box to indicate if your parent(s) are or were citizens of a country other than Canada. If yes, provide the details including the country, date and how the citizenship was obtained.
  • Check the box to indicate if your parents were employed in Canada by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
  • Check the box to indicate if your parents were employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces or the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory, other than as a locally engaged person at the time of your birth. If yes, provide details.
  • If your parents were born in Canada, check the box to indicate if one of his or her parents was employed by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
Question 8B

Answer all questions on the application regarding your grandparents:

  • Check the box to indicate if one of your grandparents was a Canadian citizen at the time of your Canadian parents’ birth or adoption.
  • Check the box to indicate if one of your grandparents was employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory other than as a locally engaged person at the time of your parents’ birth or adoption.
  • If you answered yes to either question or both, provide details in the table provided.
  • Complete the check boxes (and provide details if applicable) concerning your other grandparents.

Section 9

Question 9

Check the box to indicate if you have ever lived in Canada. If yes, indicate either since birth or the date you first entered to live.


Section 10

Question 10

Answer all questions if you were born before January 1, 1947 (or April 1, 1949 for Newfoundland and Labrador). If these questions do not apply to you, go to Section 11.


Section 11

Question 11

Answer all questions if you were born outside Canada on or after January 1, 1947. If these questions do not apply to you, go to Section 12.


Section 12

Question 12

If you appoint an individual, firm or organization as your representative, you must complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476). Note that once you appoint a representative, all correspondence from CIC regarding your application will be directed to them and not to you.

For instructions on completing the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476), see: Guide 5561 – Instructions – Use of a Representative.


Section 13

Question 13

Read the declaration. Sign and date the application form with the signature you currently use on other official document.

Note: Your application will be returned to you if:

  • the form is not signed and dated,
  • stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before CIC receives it),
  • post-dated (dated into the future).

Note: If the application is for a person under 14 years of age, it must be signed by a parent or guardian in the space provided.

Note: Your application will be returned to you if:

  • You have appointed an individual, firm or organization as your representative and did not submit the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) with your application or this form was submitted incomplete.
  • You appoint a compensated representative who is not a member of the following designated bodies:
    • Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
    • Lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision; or
    • Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaries du Québec and students-at-law under their supervision.

Step 3. Pay the fees

Calculating your fees

If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship pay the fees all together.

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. Fees must be included with this application.

Type of application Number of persons Amount per person Amount due
Citizenship certificate   x $75  
Total Payment:  

Explanation of fees and refunds

The following text describes the fees that are required and if they are refundable. All payment must be made in Canadian funds.

Processing fee

Amount: $75 for each person

Non-refundable once processing has begun, regardless of the final decision.

Note: We will issue the refund to the person indicated on the Payer Information section of the receipt. If there is no name indicated on the receipt, we will send the refund to the applicant.


Incorrect fee payment

Payment issue - No fee included

CIC will return your application.

Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested fees.

Payment issue - Insufficient fees included

CIC will return your application.

Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested fees.

Payment issue - Overpayment

CIC will:

  • start processing your application, and
  • send you a refund as soon as possible.

Note: You do not have to request a refund, it will be done automatically.

Payment issue – Expired payment

For expired certified cheques, bank drafts and money orders only. CIC will return your application.

Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with requested fees.


Payment method options

Payment of fees online is the preferred method of payment.

Online fee payment

Resources required

You can pay your fees online if you have:

  • a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express);
  • access to a computer with an Internet connection;
  • a valid e-mail address, and
  • access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt).

Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay using the Internet.

  • Go to Pay my fees online.
  • Follow the online instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the CIC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.

Note

Do not exit without printing the receipt!

  • Fill in the Payer Information section by hand.
  • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application. Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.

Proof of payment

The receipt printed in step 2 of the instructions above will serve as your proof of payment.


Fee payment at financial institutions in Canada

If you do not wish to pay using the Internet, you must make the payment at a financial institution in Canada. The financial institution will let you know what method of payment it accepts. There is no banking charge to pay at a financial institution. An original receipt of payment form IMM 5401 is required to process the payment. This form is not available online. You must order an original receipt of payment form (IMM 5401) by mail. Include a copy of this receipt with your paper application.


Note

The only acceptable forms of payment are online or through a financial institution in Canada. If you send any other form of payment, CIC will return your application.

Availability

For clients located inside Canada only.

Resources required

A payment receipt form (IMM 5401) can be ordered through our fees receipt page.

Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay at a financial institution in Canada.

Important information: Use an original payment receipt form (pink and white). A photocopy is not acceptable.

For more information. See: “Obtaining an original payment receipt form – Inside Canada” in this section.

Fill out one (1) payment receipt form (IMM 5401) by doing the following:

  1. Calculate the total fee amount to be paid using the chart Calculating your fees at the beginning of this section.

  2. Insert the total amount paid on line 09 Citizenship or Immigration Services Fees.

    Important information: Do not complete the top two portions (Copy 1 and Copy 2) of the receipt. The financial institution will complete these.

  3. Fill in the Payer Information section on the back of the payment receipt form.

    Do you already have an open file and know the client identification number (client ID) that we have assigned to you?

    • If yes, enter the number in the box provided for that purpose.
    • If no, leave that box empty.
  4. Bring the receipt form and your payment to the teller (cashier) at the financial institution. Do not present your application, only your receipt form.

    The teller (cashier) will:

    • stamp and enter the amount paid in the upper two portions (Copy 1 and Copy 2) of the receipt form, and
    • give you these top two portions of the form.

    Important information: Do not make payment using the automated teller machines or on a financial institution website.

  5. The following list indicates what you should be doing with the different parts of the IMM 5401 receipt.

    • Copy 1 - Client's copy (top portion): Keep for your records.
    • Copy 2 - To be sent to CIC (middle portion): Attach to your completed application.
    • Copy 3 (bottom portion): The financial institution will keep the bottom part.
Proof of payment

Completed payment receipt form (Original form IMM 5401)

Obtaining an original payment receipt form–Inside Canada

You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through the fees receipt page.


Outside Canada Fee payment

Use the following method of payment ONLY if you are outside Canada and you are unable to pay online. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may pay directly to the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Consult the list of Canadian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.

Bring your completed application and the correct fees.

Note: The only acceptable forms of payment outside Canada are online or payment directly to the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate closest to your home.

  • Select Pay your fees.
  • Select Canadian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.

Note: Consular offices cannot accept:

  • receipts for fees paid in Canada, or
  • personal cheques.

You can find information on fee payment methods outside Canada by visiting the pay your fees tool.


Step 4. Mail the application

Where to mail the application

For applicants living inside Canada and the United States

Mail your completed application in a stamped envelope addressed as shown below:

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)
Recipient (centre of the envelope)
Case Processing Centre – Sydney
Proof of Citizenship
P.O. Box 10000
SYDNEY, NS - CANADA
B1P 7C1

Courier address:
Case Processing Centre, Sydney
Proof of citizenship
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 5Z2

For applicants living outside Canada and the United States

Once you have completed all the sections of your application, submit your application to the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate closest to your home.

Note: If you are applying for a child who is residing outside Canada and the United States, submit the application and documents to the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate closest to where your child resides. Submitting your child's application directly to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia will cause delays.


If you are sending more than one application

If you are sending more than one application (for example, applications for family members), you may send one receipt to cover all applications. Mail the receipt (if applicable) and all applications together in one envelope so that they will be processed together.

Note: If you are sending more than one application (for example, family members), and one of the applications is incomplete, all the applications will be returned to you.



Note

Sign the form

The application must be signed and dated before it is submitted. If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you.



Note

Reminders…

Make sure to use the document checklist and include it with your application.

Here are some reminders to avoid your application being returned to you :

  • You have answered all questions on the form or wrote “N/A” (Not applicable) for any question or section that is not applicable to you.
  • You have signed and dated the form. Make sure before you send it that it is not stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before CIC receives it) or it is post-dated (dated into the future).
  • You have returned all original Canadian citizenship/naturalization certificates previously issued to you and any pink transmission copies that you still have.
  • You have included two (2) pieces of personal identification one of which must have your photo on it.
  • You have included the supporting documents based on your situation and the format required.
  • You have included two (2) photos according to the citizenship photographs specification.
  • You have included proof of payment of exact fees.
  • You have included original translation and an affidavit by the translator for any documents that are not in English or French.

What happens next?

Once your application is received

The following information outlines the type of communication that you receive from CIC as a result of submitting this application.

  • If you applied from within Canada or directly from the United States
    • then you will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your application.
  • If you applied from outside Canada and the United States
    • then you will receive a receipt from the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate where you submitted your application.
  • Once your application is received in Sydney, Nova Scotia and is considered complete, it will be reviewed and processing will start.
  • Some applications may encounter delays and require more time for processing. In these cases, you will be contacted for more information or asked to supply additional documents.
  • If you are sending an application from outside Canada and the US, through a consular mission, allow sufficient time for your application to be received at the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as mail service can vary between countries.  If you reside in the US, send your application directly to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a citizenship certificate.


For more information

Current processing times

Processing time can change. You can obtain current processing times on the Check application processing times webpage.



Important information

Updating your contact information

During the application process, you must advise us of any change of address, telephone number or email address by:

  • go to the Change address page; or 
  • see “How to Contact CIC” at the end of this Guide.

Checking application status

In Canada and the United States

You may Contact Us or go online to see the current status of your application:

  1. Click on Check application status, and
  2. follow the instructions provided.

To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) section.

If you are outside Canada and the United States:

Contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your region


Your personal information

Your personal information is:

  • available to CIC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you, and
  • not disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act or the Citizenship Regulations.

For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre.


Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly selects applications for a special review. If selected you will be asked to attend an interview with a Citizenship and Immigration official so that we can:

  • verify the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
  • verify that your application has been completed properly.

Note: You will be notified in writing should your application be selected.


How to contact CIC

Within Canada

Contact the CIC Call Centre to talk with an agent at:

1 888 242-2100 (toll-free)

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time

If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. your local time by calling: 1-888-576-8502 (in Canada only).

In the United States:

  • Send a letter to:
    • If you submitted your application directly to CIC in Sydney, Nova Scotia on or after September 2, 2013 use the address in the instruction guide.
    • If you submitted your application to a Canadian embassy or consulate before September 2, 2013 contact the same Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate.

Outside Canada and the United States

Contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate.

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