Passport Fees Change in 2013

Canadian citizens who wish to apply for passports in 2013 will have to pay higher fees than were historically charged. The Canadian government has explained that they are unable to maintain the previous rates because they are currently running out of an extant surplus and they are introducing new programs.

For a five-year passport for adults the price will be $120 as compared to the previous $87. Children’s passports will increase $20 to $57.

A convenient 10-year passport is going to be offered in the summer for $160.

The fees are even higher if the application is submitted outside of the Dominion of Canada. A five-year passport applied for outside of Canada will be $190, nearly double the 2012 cost. If you want to get a 10-year passport outside of Canada you will have to shell out $260.

The Canadian government has said that they actually suffer a small loss on many of the passports that they issue, but it hasn’t been necessary to increase the fee amounts until this year.

Canadian passports will become much more high-tech within the next year. This will incur some cost, but will be covered by the new fees. Some of the new technology will be computer chips installed in the passport booklets to make them e-passports, watermarks and other features will be used to decrease the instance of fraud and to help protect your identity.

Canadian passports are only available to Canadian citizens. Citizens are either natural-born, meaning that they were born within Canada to Canadian parents, or naturalized, meaning that they emigrated from another country and went through the citizenship process.

Getting Canadian citizenship is a multi-year endeavor with a series of steps that Immigration Direct can help you with. First an immigrant must obtain Permanent Residency, the right to live, work and study in Canada indefinitely. Permanent Resident Cards are the physical proof of this right and are required documents for the citizenship application process.

After four or five years Permanent Residents may apply for citizenship if they have been physically present in Canada for at least three years within that period. They must also be able to demonstrate their knowledge of Canadian government, history and culture with a citizenship test. Citizenship applicants will also need to show their proficiency in either of the official languages of Canada, French or English, with a certification.

After a citizenship certificate has been accepted, the oath said and the certificate issued immigrants can then apply for their very own passports. Passports allow citizens to be instantaneously allowed back into the country when travelling internationally.