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Ex-pat Canadian living in Australia - inactive SIN 

ckerr16
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Posted On: 9/28/2017
ckerr16
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Hello,

I have lived in Australia since 1995 and my SIN is inactive. How can I reactivate it from Australia? Thank you.
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Posted On: 9/30/2017
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your situation with us.

We have previously contacted the Service Canada - (Social Insurance Number line) directly for some information on this type of situation.

According to a Service Canada Representative, it may be that case that your SIN is "dormant". In these cases, you can still use your SIN number however, you cannot use it for the online services.

They stated that SIN numbers may be flagged as dormant when there is no activity recorded with the number for more than 5 years.

In order to re-activate it, they suggested that you need go into the nearest Service Canada office and complete a questionnaire from the SIN Registry that they will provide.

You will be asked to present some identification such as a Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate, PR Card etc.

You may want to also contact Service Canada - (Social Insurance Number line) directly to verify this information and for some information on this your situation.

Here is some information in order to contact them from outside Canada:

Outside Canada: 1-506-548-7961 (long-distance charges apply)
TTY: 1-800-926-9105
Hours of operation: Monday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Atlantic time
Closed statutory holidays

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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