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mercwyn
06-12-2007, 12:43 PM
June 11, 2007 Canada loosened its requirements for passports applications on Friday in an effort to cut a backlog triggered by Washington's strict new rules for cross-border travel into the United States.
"The volume (of applications) has been substantially increased, and we had to respond to that," Foreign Minister Peter MacKay told reporters in a passport office.
Canada will no longer require professionals, like mayors or doctors, to vouch for the identity of applicants, serving as a guarantor. Any passport holder can now vouch for anybody else.
And Ottawa will make it simpler to renew passports, no longer requiring proof of citizenship once again or another declaration from a guarantor.
It now takes as long as 10 weeks to get a passport by mail -- though only about two weeks for those who apply in person -- as Canadians who used to enter the United States with just a driver's license or a birth certificate scramble to get passports following the introduction of new US entry rules.
Passports are already required to fly into the United States from Canada. From next year they are scheduled to be required for the more frequent land crossings.
About one out of every two Canadians will have passports by this summer, compared with only one out of every four or five Americans, MacKay said.

(Reuters)

jfrenaye
06-12-2007, 01:18 PM
Does anyone else see this as a HUGE GAPING HOLE?

Canada will no longer require professionals, like mayors or doctors, to vouch for the identity of applicants, serving as a guarantor. Any passport holder can now vouch for anybody else.
And Ottawa will make it simpler to renew passports, no longer requiring proof of citizenship once again or another declaration from a guarantor.

Kairho
06-12-2007, 01:24 PM
Does anyone else see this as a HUGE GAPING HOLE?
I'm not too sure of that ... the US has not had these requirements at all and we seem to get along fairly well.

We DO have the identity verification but, in my case at least, that was done by the person wherever it was that I first applied. And I've never had to resubmit primary information again for a renewal.

cole75
06-12-2007, 02:07 PM
On June 8, 2007, the federal government said it would streamline the process for people renewing their passports and make things a little easier for people applying for their first passport.
As of Aug. 15, 2007, people looking to renew their passports will be able to do so by filling out a shorter form, and submitting two new passport photos, their expiring passport and the application fee. They would not have to resubmit a number of documents including proof of citizenship and a declaration from a guarantor, as long as:


They lived in Canada when they applied.
They lived in Canada when they applied for their expiring passport.
They were 16 or older when they applied for their expiring passport.
As well, their previous passport:


Must have been valid for five years.
Must have been issued after January 31, 2002.
Must not have been damaged or reported lost or stolen.
Must have been issued under their current name.
For Canadians applying for their first passport, the government says one key change will simplify the process. As of Oct. 1, 2007, most Canadian adult passport holders will be able to act as guarantors for first-time applicants, as long as they hold a five-year Canadian passport that is valid or has been expired for no more than one year. The guarantor:


May be a family member.
May reside at the same address as the applicant.
Must have known the applicant for at least two years.
Must be a Canadian citizen 18 or older and must have been at least 16 when they applied for their own passport.
You can renew your old passport or apply for your first one in person at a passport office, by mail, or through receiving agents (such as travel agents).

Full article from cbc..

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/airportsecurity/passport.html