This article was last updated on May 30, 2023
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USA: Oye! Times readers Get FREE $30 to spend on Amazon, Walmart…The Canadian Government announced that eligible Canadians will soon be able to complete simplified passport renewals online. The new process, set to launch sometime this fall, will allow applicants to save time and effort by uploading necessary documents and photos onto a secure government website. The new process is part of the government’s effort to streamline the passport application process and make it more accessible for everyone.
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Who is eligible for the online passport renewal system?
As of May 2023, the following groups will be eligible:
- Those with expired passports issued in the last 15 years
- Those with passports that were lost, stolen, or damaged
It’s important to note that this process applies only to a simplified passport renewal, which is different from a standard renewal. With a simplified renewal process, only four pieces of information are required: two photos, two references, completed forms, and applicable fees. In contrast, a standard renewal process often requires additional documentation, such as proof of citizenship and photo identification.
Benefits of a Canadian passport
While passports are primarily used as travel documents, they serve many additional purposes.
1. Entry into the 185 countries without a visa
Canadian passport holders are granted visa-free access to 185 countries, making their passport a powerful tool for international travel and communication. This access puts Canada in the top 10 of the global passport rankings.
2. Ability to maintain Canadian and home passport (as a Canadian citizen)
Canada allows dual citizens to hold their Canadian passport as well as the passport they received from their home country. This provision lets Canadians with dual citizenships carry as many passports as they’re eligible for.
3. Benefits of Canadian citizenship
Obtaining a Canadian passport automatically grants Canadian citizenship. This citizenship offers a full range of benefits, including the right to vote, the ability to work in specific sectors exclusively available to Canadians, and access to social programs. Simply put, it opens a door to many different opportunities that are typically off-limits to non-citizens.
Simplified passport renewals going online is a significant development promising more convenience, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. By streamlining the process, the government is enabling more people to access this critical document, promoting Canada’s status and global mobility, and facilitating the ease of communication and travelling. If you are eligible for simplified renewal, keep an eye out for the upcoming launch and take advantage of this new capability.