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IRCC is now accepting online applications to request proof of citizenship

Applicants can now submit an application to request proof of citizenship and search citizenship records. Using the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) portal, they can submit an application, pay the related fees, and send the required supporting documents online.

According to IRCC, online applications can be used to:

  • request a replacement citizenship certificate (proof) that does not require changes to the information on the certificate (such as name, date of birth)
  • submit straightforward claims for proof of citizenship by descent, or
  • request a search of citizenship records for an applicant

In addition, people can claim for proof of citizenship if their Canadian parents were:

  • granted citizenship on or after April 17, 2009, or
  • born in Canada on or after February 15, 1977

IRCC says in a media release that online applications will save time for those making requests from outside Canada and the U.S.

“Completing an online application is faster than providing documents by mail,” they added.

Moreover, people no longer need to go in person to an embassy or high commission to submit an application. However, if they prefer a paper application they can still do it. The Canadian government will accept and process paper applications.

Please be aware that if you already submitted a paper application, you should not complete an online application for the same request. You can read more information about how to apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate, click here. You read more about searching citizenship records.

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