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What can my daughter do without a passport? 

Jino
Jino
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Posted On: 11/24/2020
Jino
Jino
Posts: 3
Hello all,

I'm sponsoring my wife and my child (9-month year old). The application status now is showing Decision made after almost 12 months and the issue is that my child doesn't have a passport due to the closeness of the concerned consulate in her residing country because of Covid 19 panedimic. We have been told that the consulate will not be offering its services in the near future and we are afraid, in case of passport request for visa, could delay the issuance of the visa.
Can we ask for a temporary travel document for my child to be able to come to Canada.
Your kind prompt response and experience are highly appreciated.

Regards
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PMM
PMM
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Posted On: 11/24/2020
PMM
PMM
Posts: 628
Hi


Jino wrote:
Hello all,

I'm sponsoring my wife and my child (9-month year old). The application status now is showing Decision made after almost 12 months and the issue is that my child doesn't have a passport due to the closeness of the concerned consulate in her residing country because of Covid 19 panedimic. We have been told that the consulate will not be offering its services in the near future and we are afraid, in case of passport request for visa, could delay the issuance of the visa.
Can we ask for a temporary travel document for my child to be able to come to Canada.
Your kind prompt response and experience are highly appreciated.


Regards


1. Unless the child is a Canadian citizen, s/he is going to require a passport. No airline will board without one, and CIC will not issue a COPR until she has a passport.
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Moderator
Moderator
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Posted On: 12/24/2020
Moderator
Moderator
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your question with us. It sounds like your child was born after you submitted your sponsorship application. We have assumed that you have already added the new child to your existing application, and that your application was successful, and thus, your wife and your child have been issued a permanent resident visa (if they are from a country where a visa is required) and a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR).

To travel to Canada and become permanent residents, your wife and your child must hold a valid passport or travel document issued by the country of their citizenship. This means that your child will not be able to come to Canada until he or she receives a passport or travel document. For more detailed information, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations contains the following provisions (pertinent section has been underlined for your convenience):

50 (1) In addition to the permanent resident visa required of a foreign national who is a member of a class referred to in subsection 70(2), a foreign national seeking to become a permanent resident must hold
  • (a) a passport, other than a diplomatic, official or similar passport, that was issued by the country of which the foreign national is a citizen or national;
  • (b) a travel document that was issued by the country of which the foreign national is a citizen or national;
  • (c) an identity or travel document that was issued by a country to non-national residents, refugees or stateless persons who are unable to obtain a passport or other travel document from their country of citizenship or nationality or who have no country of citizenship or nationality;
  • (d) a travel document that was issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, to enable and facilitate emigration;
  • (e) a passport or travel document that was issued by the Palestinian Authority;
  • (f) an exit visa that was issued by the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to its citizens who were compelled to relinquish their Soviet nationality in order to emigrate from that country;
  • (g) a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British National (Overseas), as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong;
  • (h) a passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China; or
  • (i) a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British Subject.

It is important to note that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made some rule changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For your situation, it may be helpful to know that being unable to travel before your CoPR and/or permanent resident visa expires does not invalidate your successful application. You will likely be able to move to Canada once you are ready to travel, so long as you inform the IRCC and make appropriate arrangements before you leave. For more information on that, you can visit this webpage.

We strongly recommend that you seek legal help from a lawyer or a licensed consultant familiar with Canadian immigration to find out more information about your application and your potential options, as individual circumstances can be very different.

We hope that the information we provided was helpful to you. Please let us know if you have any further questions.



Sincerely,


Your Settlement.Org team

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