Application for a citizenship certificate under Section 3 — Proof of citizenship (CIT 0001)

Table of Contents


This is not a legal document. For legal information, refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations or the Citizenship Act and Regulations, as applicable.

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request.


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.
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Where to get more information.
Note:
Tips that will assist you with this application.

The application process

The instructions provided in this guide follow the basic steps you will need to know to complete your application.

  1. Gather documents
  2. Complete the application
  3. Pay the fees
  4. Mail the 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 (under 18 years of age)
    • Then the child 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  • the information on the certificate is out of date, or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. 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

Some naturalized citizens became citizens by descent by operation of law on April 17, 2009. If you think this may apply to you and you need more information, please contact us (see the “How to Contact CIC” section at the end of this guide).

On April 17, 2009, the rules changed for people born outside Canada.

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

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

This means that, in general, children born outside Canada to a parent who was a Canadian citizen at the time of the child’s birth will only be Canadian at birth if:

  • the parent was born in Canada, or
  • the parent became a Canadian citizen by being granted citizenship, also known as naturalization, (except for a grant of citizenship  for adopted persons under section 5.1 of the Citizenship Act ).

There are exceptions to these rules. The first generation limit to citizenship does not apply:

  • to a person who was already a Canadian citizen immediately before April 17, 2009;
  • to a child born outside Canada in the second or subsequent generation if, at the time of the child’s birth, the child’s Canadian 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;
  • to a child born outside Canada in the second or subsequent generation if, at the time of the Canadian parent’s birth or adoption, the child’s Canadian 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. 

If you think the abovelimit , and/or these exceptions may apply to you or your child, please contact us for further information (see the “How to Contact CIC” section at the end of this guide).

Persons 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.


Step 1. Gather documents

What documents are required?

The information below outlines the documents that you need to include with your application. You must also use the Document Checklist which is included at the end of the form (CIT 0001) to assist you gathering the necessary documentation.

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

Note: Additional documents 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.


Citizenship photos

All applicants must send two (2) identical photos.

The photos must have been taken within the last 6 months and be in accordance with the Citizenship Photograph Specifications page.


Identify the scenario that describes your situation and submit the appropriate supporting documents.

  1. If you have a certificate of registration of birth abroad (RBA), a citizenship certificate, or you are applying to replace your certificate, then send the following supporting documents:
    • All original citizenship/naturalization certificate(s) and any pink transmission copies (exception of registration of birth abroad certificates);
    • A copy of your registration of birth abroad certificates (if applicable);
    • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;
    • Other documents, such as a marriage certificate/divorce certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable).
  2. If you have never had a citizenship certificate and you were born in Canada, then send the following supporting documents:
    • A birth certificate issued by the appropriate provincial or territorial authority;
    • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s license and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;
    • Other documents, such as a marriage certificate/divorce certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable).
  3. If you were born outside Canada to a Canadian parent on or after January 1, 1947, then send the following supporting documents:
    • A birth certificate which lists your parents (issued by the responsible government authority in the country where you were born);
    • Proof that one or both of your natural parents was, at the time of your birth, a  Canadian citizen (i.e. your parent’s provincial or territorial birth certificate, naturalization certificate, Canadian citizenship certificate or registration of birth abroad certificate);
    • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;
    • If neither of your parents were born or naturalized in Canada before your birth, and either of your parents, or any 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, please submit evidence of your parents or grandparents’ employment (see section on Crown servants in this guide for further instructions and acceptable proof of your parent/grandparent’s employment as a Crown servant);
    • Other documents, such as a marriage certificate/divorce certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable)
  4. If you were born outside Canada before January 1, 1947, and one of your parents was born or naturalized in Canada or became a Canadian parent on January 1, 1947, then send the following supporting documents:
    • A birth certificate which lists your parents (issued by the responsible government authority in the country where you were born);
    • Proof that your natural father (or your natural mother, if your parents were not married before your birth) was born or naturalized in Canada at the time of your birth (i.e. your parent’s provincial or territorial birth certificate, naturalization certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate);
    • Your parent’s marriage certificate, if applicable;
    • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;
    • Other documents, such as a marriage certificate/divorce certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable).
  5. If you were a British subject who lived in Canada for 20 years immediately before 1947, then send the following supporting documents:
    • A birth certificate issued by the responsible government authority in the country of your birth;
    • Proof of acquisition of British subject status;
    • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;
    • For women married before 1947: details of your husband’s nationality at the time of your marriage;
    • Other documents, such as a marriage certificate/divorce certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable).
  6. If you were a British subject who lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 5 years (but less than 20 years) before 1947, then send the following supporting documents:
    • Your birth certificate issued by the responsible government authority in the country where you were born;
    • Proof of acquisition of British subject status;
    • Proof of admission to Canada as a permanent resident (immigration document or British passport you used when you originally entered Canada if it includes an original entry or admission stamp);
    • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;
    • For women married before 1947: details of your husband’s nationality at the time of your marriage;
    • Other documents, such as marriage certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable).
  7. If you were married before 1947 and are a woman who married a British subject born or naturalized in Canada (or who resided in Canada before your marriage) and you entered Canada as a permanent resident before 1947, then send the following supporting documents:
    • Your birth certificate issued by the responsible government authority in the country where you were born;
    • Your marriage certificate;
    • Proof of your husband’s status in Canada (e.g. husband’s provincial or territorial birth certificate, naturalization certificate or citizenship certificate)
    • Proof of your admission to Canada as a permanent resident (immigration document or British passport you used when you originally entered Canada if it includes an original entry or admission stamp);
    • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;
    • Other documents, such as a marriage certificate/divorce certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable).
  8. If you are a woman who lost her British subject status upon or during marriage before 1947, then send the following supporting documents:
    • Your birth certificate issued by the responsible government authority in the country where you were born;
    • Your marriage certificate;
    • Proof of your husband’s foreign nationality at time of marriage or proof of your husband’s naturalization in a foreign country;
    •  Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it;Other documents, such as a marriage certificate/divorce certificate and/or a legal name change certificate (if applicable).

Name change

The name 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 your foreign passport if you are applying for the first time unless you provide one of the following documents as proof of a change of name:

  • a copy of a legal change of name document, court order or adoption order issued by a civil authority in a province or territory of Canada; or a marriage certificate, divorce decree, registration or declaration of union, or revocation of declaration or annulment of union issued by a civil authority in a province or territory of Canada, showing your new name, unless you have been married in and are currently a resident of Quebec; and
  • an identification document or card issued by a province or territory of Canada that displays the new name, such as a driver’s license, a health card, an age of majority card, a senior citizen’s identification card or social service card.

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 accepted

  • 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 by visiting their website.


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.

Note: If you were born before January 1, 1947 or are applying for a replacement certificate, this section does not apply to you.

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. Please 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. Please 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 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 commissioner of oaths authorized to certify documents
  • a notary public
  • a justice of the peace

Outside Canada:

  • a judge
  • a magistrate
  • a notary public
  • an officer of a court of justice
  • a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the person is living

Family members may not certify copies of your documents.


Translated 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.

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.

Important information. Translations by family members are not acceptable.

Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.

Your application will be returned to you if you do not include the translation of your documents and an affidavit from the translator.



Note

Photographs

You must:

  • provide two (2) identical citizenship photographs (except Renunciation applications, only one (1) photo is required);
  • 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
  • do 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 (Proof of Citizenship) under section 3 (CIT 0001) (PDF, 1,9 MB)

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

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.



Note

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections.  If any section is not applicable to you, write “N/A” (“Not applicable”).  If your application is incomplete it will be returned to you.

Note:  If you need more space for any section, use an extra sheet of paper and indicate the number and/or letter of the section you are completing 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 illegal 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 legal 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. List the phone number(s) where you can be reached.

Indicate your e-mail address using this format (if applicable): name@provider.net CIC may contact via e-mail if necessary.

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.


Section 8

Question 8A

Answer all questions on the information 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, 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.
  • 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 information 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

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.


Section 11

Question 11

Indicate whether you had assistance in completing this form, either from:

  • an individual (including a family member, a friend, a volunteer, a consultant, a lawyer, etc.),
  • a firm (company), or
  • an organization.

If yes, the person who completed the form for you must:

  • print their name and address,
  • sign their name, and
  • write the date the form was signed.

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.

On line fee payment

Resources required

You can pay your fees on line 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 at the CIC website.
  • Follow the on-line instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the CIC official receipt with barcode.

Note

Note. Do not exit without printing the receipt!

  • Fill in the Payer Information Section by hand.
  • Attach the bottom portion (copy 2) of this receipt to your completed application.

Proof of payment

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

Obtaining an original receipt form–Inside Canada

You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through our website.


Fee payment at financial institutions

If you do not wish to pay using the Internet, payment must be made 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.


Note

The only acceptable forms of payment are on-line or through a financial institution in Canada. If you send any other form of payment your application will be returned.

Availability

For clients located inside Canada only.

Resources required

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

Instructions

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

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

  2. Fill out one (1) payment receipt form (IMM 5401).

    Important information. An original payment receipt form (pink and white) must be used. A photocopy is not acceptable.

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

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

    Important information. Do not complete the top two portions of the receipt. These will be completed by the financial institution.

  4. 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.
  5. 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 of the receipt form, and
    • give you the top two portions of the form.

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

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

    • Copy 1 (top): Keep for your records.
    • Copy 2 (middle): Attach to your completed application.
    • Copy 3 (bottom): The financial institution will keep the bottom part.

Proof of payment

Completed payment receipt form (Original form IMM 5401)

Obtaining an original receipt form–Inside Canada

You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through our website.


Outside Canada Fee payment

The following method of payment may be used ONLY if you are outside Canada and you are not able to pay online. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may pay directly to the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.

Make sure you bring your completed application and the correct fees.

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

You must choose the consular office responsible for your area.

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 CIC website at www.cic.gc.ca.


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  B1P 7C1
CANADA

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, the application and documents should be submitted to the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate closest to where your child resides. The processing will be delayed if you submit your child’s application directly to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.


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 and 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.

      Note: Mail services can vary between countries. Allow several weeks for mail going to Canadian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.

Note: Some applications may encounter delays or require a more extended time period for processing. In these cases you will be contacted for more information or asked to supply additional documents.



For more information

Current processing times

Processing time can change. You can obtain current processing times on our website.



Important information

Updating your contact information

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


Checking application status on line

You can check the status of your application on-line by doing the following:

  1. Go to Check application status on the CIC website.
  2. Follow the instructions provided.

Note:  Your application status will only appear on-line once the application is received and the initial review by CIC is completed.

To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the Help Centre section.


Protecting your information

Your personal information is:

  • only available to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Service 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.

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


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 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 or consulate.

Outside Canada and the United States

Contact the Canadian embassy, high Commission or consulate

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