Passport Question

Old Jan 9th 2004, 4:34 pm
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Bluehorizon
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Hi,

I landed last July and 2 months later I had a new son here in Toronto. I got
his birth certificate and I was wondering
if getting a passport is an easy thing to do here in Canada. We are flying
next month to Mexico and I am not sure
how long it takes to get a passport. Can I do it the same day and where can
I go. I live at Finch and Yonge St.

Many thanks,
Jose
 
Old Jan 10th 2004, 12:42 am
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Jim Humphries
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It takes a couple of weeks.
--
Jim Humphries, former visa officer
"BlueHorizon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi,
    > I landed last July and 2 months later I had a new son here in Toronto. I
got
    > his birth certificate and I was wondering
    > if getting a passport is an easy thing to do here in Canada. We are flying
    > next month to Mexico and I am not sure
    > how long it takes to get a passport. Can I do it the same day and where
can
    > I go. I live at Finch and Yonge St.
    > Many thanks,
    > Jose
 
Old Jan 10th 2004, 1:58 am
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Singh
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Yes, its easy to get it. Just look here http://www.ppt.gc.ca/ for location
and procedure. Apply NOW.



"BlueHorizon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Hi,
    > I landed last July and 2 months later I had a new son here in Toronto. I
got
    > his birth certificate and I was wondering
    > if getting a passport is an easy thing to do here in Canada. We are flying
    > next month to Mexico and I am not sure
    > how long it takes to get a passport. Can I do it the same day and where
can
    > I go. I live at Finch and Yonge St.
    > Many thanks,
    > Jose
 
Old Jan 10th 2004, 4:21 am
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Rich Wales
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"Jose" (BlueHorizon) wrote:

> > I landed last July and 2 months later I had a new son
> > here in Toronto. I got his birth certificate and I was
> > wondering if getting a passport is an easy thing to do
> > here in Canada. We are flying next month to Mexico . . . .

"Singh" replied:

> Just look here http://www.ppt.gc.ca/ for location and
> procedure. Apply NOW.

One thing Jose should note is that, in addition to the standard child
passport application, he'll probably need to include a "Statutory
Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor".

A Canadian passport application must normally be countersigned by a
Canadian citizen who is working in one of a short list of professions
and who has known the applicant (in this case, the adult applying on
the child's behalf) for at least two years. Unless Jose has Canadian
connections predating his landing, he won't know anyone who could be
a guarantor for him, and he'll need to use the Statutory Declaration
form instead.

The last time I checked, the Statutory Declaration form was not
available on the Passport Office's web site, so Jose will probably
need to pick one up in person or have it mailed to him.

When Jose has passport photos taken of his son, he may want to try
to get the photographer NOT to stamp the standard "I certify this
to be a true likeness" phrase on the back of the photos, since (as
far as I'm aware) the verbiage used with a Statutory Declaration
is different. (The photos DO need to have the photographer's name,
address, and date taken -- just omit the other stuff.) If this is
simply too confusing for the poor photographer to wrap his/her brain
around, don't worry; it just means Jose will have to write really
small on the back of one of the photos.

Jose should also be aware that, in addition to his son being a
Canadian citizen (because he was born in Canada), he may also auto-
matically be -- or be entitled to be registered as -- a citizen of
Jose's native country (and/or his wife's country). Jose (and/or
his wife) should check with consular officials of the other country
(or countries) regarding this issue. If Jose and/or his wife is
from Mexico, they should definitely check before doing their trip
to see if Mexico will allow their son to enter/leave Mexico on a
Canadian (as opposed to a Mexican) passport. Some countries don't
object terribly if "born dual" children come and go using the other
country's passport, but some do; I don't know about Mexico.

Rich Wales [email protected] http://www.richw.org
*NOTE: I've lived in both Canada and the US and have dual citizenship.
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer, professional immigration consultant,
or consular officer. My comments are for discussion purposes only and
are not intended to be relied upon as legal or professional advice.
 

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