New Citizen - SIN

Old Mar 25th 2014, 1:56 am
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Hello everyone - I just became a citizen last week.

Do I need to apply for a new SIN? I have one already, but I've been told I may need to get a new one?

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Old Mar 25th 2014, 2:24 am
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Does your current SIN start with a '9'? If not, you're OK.

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Originally Posted by MarylandNed
Does your current SIN start with a '9'? If not, you're OK.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of any way to become a Citizen without being a PR first. i.e. every new citizen has a "9" SIN and therefore has no need to change it.
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Indeed. You must have PR status first...which would generally mean having a "permanent SIN" that does not start with a 9.
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Originally Posted by Novocastrian
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of any way to become a Citizen without being a PR first. i.e. every new citizen has a "9" SIN and therefore has no need to change it.
'9' SINs are for temporary workers who are not PRs or citizens. So I think you mean that every new citizen would NOT have a '9' SIN since they would presumably NOT have a '9' SIN while a PR. I agree that's true in most cases.

I guess it's possible that someone was a temporary worker and then discovered they were a Canadian citizen. Or a temporary worker had a claim to citizenship adjudicated in their favour. These scenarios could result in Canadian citizens swapping a '9' SIN.
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My SIN starts with a 9 and I was previously a permanent resident. Do I need to change it? Cheers.
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Originally Posted by MarylandNed
'9' SINs are for temporary workers who are not PRs or citizens. So I think you mean that every new citizen would NOT have a '9' SIN since they would presumably NOT have a '9' SIN while a PR. I agree that's true in most cases.

I guess it's possible that someone was a temporary worker and then discovered they were a Canadian citizen. Or a temporary worker had a claim to citizenship adjudicated in their favour. These scenarios could result in Canadian citizens swapping a '9' SIN.
Err, yes. My bad.
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Originally Posted by mclaren
My SIN starts with a 9 and I was previously a permanent resident. Do I need to change it? Cheers.
What is the expiry date on the SIN card?
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Originally Posted by mclaren
My SIN starts with a 9 and I was previously a permanent resident. Do I need to change it? Cheers.
Yes, in fact, you should have changed your SIN when you became a PR. SINs beginning with '9' are for temporary workers. I assume you were a temporary worker before becoming a PR?
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