Passport services resume in Canada

Canadians can apply for a passport by mail; can request in-person appointments for immediate travel

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OTTAWA: To contain the spread of coronavirus, the government of Canada had announced several restrictions. Now, it has started resuming some services gradually. On Friday, the government decided gradual resumption of some passport services in the country.

According to a statement, the government said Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. If they need the passport immediately or are traveling in less than 30 days, they can request in-person appointments with proof of travel. They can also visit Canada.ca/passport for more information.

Due to high demand and measures taken to safeguard the health of employees and people, it is expected that the processing will be longer than normal.

Canadians who are concerned about renewing their passport can now use the renewal process within two years after the expiry date if their passport expired on or after February 1, 2019.

Immigration minister Marco Mendicino said, “Resuming Canadian passport services by mail and expanding in-person appointments for those who need a passport in less than 30 days is a significant first step toward resuming regular passport services in Canada while prioritizing the health and safety of Canadians and our employees.”

 

Similarly, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen said, “As Service Canada centres continue to reopen across the country and we resume available services to include limited passport services, serving Canadians safely remains our top priority.”

Besides, the IRCC has started expanding its services. A few days ago, it issued fresh instructions for CoPR holders. It may issue new guidelines for international students who are in their countries with approved study permits and are willing to travel to Canada.

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