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meghal
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Canadian passport application
This message is not really related to any citizenship queries, and hence posting it under "general" category.

In case you are applying for a Canadian passport, you can use their online services. This does not mean PRINTING THE PDF, but actually logging into their site and filling in all the details online. The only thing you need to take care, is to make sure that your printout is as per their requirements. You may have to adjust your margin settings. But a good look in print preview should be OK. I used IE on my work computer. Not sure if it works with Firefox.

The advantage of online application??? After waiting in line on Saturday morning for few minutes, once I was called inside, I was given a separate waiting number and was then called immidiately. No waiting for your number to get called. It is good feeling to be get bumped ahead of 100 odd waiting people. I was out of passport office in 15 mins

Meghal


 
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PARAGMEHTA
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Help
Can you please tell me how to do that?? what is the website and what do u mean by online application and then what is taking a printout u mean we have to fill an application online print it and then submit it physically I am confused can you please guide me thru. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Parag.


 
Post ID: 82520 31-07-06 12:18:46
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tamilkuravan
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Applying for CDN. Passport-Some Issues
Hello CD's,
I applied for my Canadian passport today.
Since i did not know anyone who can sign for me as a guarentor for free, i used an African notory to sign for me in the guarentor form (PPT 132) for $25 @ Islington and Albion intersection. He also signed the back of my passport photo's certifying that it is a true likeness of me.
Today i went to submit the application form. My agent was an Asian lady with a headcovering. She told me that i was not supposed to bring the form PPT 132 signed by a guarntor but that i should have found someone else to have signed it to me for free (like a family doctor, dentist etc..). I told her that even though i was in Canada for 4 years that it was very hard to find a job and even harder to keep it. I also told her that my employer was exploiting me by making me work long hours and not paying overtime and this in turn has curtailed my time to interact with the Cdn. society. She was not convinced but she told me that she will accept it this time but not the next time. She also asked me if i did not know a dentist by this time. I said no. (the actual reason was that my dentist took my $1500 insurance in just 3 months last year and i paid $300 for the 20-80 ratio insurance. She used to call me every week asking me to come again to have my teeth fixed. I then told her that i have moved to USA.)
I was pretty peeved. In the 4 years that i was here, i had tried so hard to come up in life but i could not. Was it my fault that i could not find anyone to sign for me? Do CD members think that my experience at the Mississauga passport office is an harrasment? Is the Cdn. govt. justified in pushing for passport applicants to have the application form signed by a guarentor known to the applicant?
Just my experience and views.
TK A
Sidenote -> One thing i was happy was that even though my pic. came out dark, the agent took it with out a single question. I donot know why most of the passport pictures taken come dark. When i took my photo for my PR card and citizenship, it came back asking for a brighter one. Though i used Black's , it still came out very dark. I belive that a good photo studi recommendation by senior desi's will help other junior CD's applying for Citizenship, passport etc....
Afternote to Desi # 1 -> The face looks very dark in all the photo's and not the cloths. Light colored cloths can make you look brighter too, i guess. My friend took pictures at walmart and he had them take it 7 times before he was satisfied with one. Even that one, the passport office rejected it. He then spoke to the supervisor and told him that it was the 7 th. round of picture that he had brought. The supervisor then asked the agent to accept it.
I was a member of Etobicoke Costco but i did not find a photo studio in it. Which branch of Costco are you talking about?

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Post ID: 83210 09-08-06 12:08:48
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Desi # 1
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Originally posted by PARAGMEHTA

Can you please tell me how to do that?? what is the website and what do u mean by online application and then what is taking a printout u mean we have to fill an application online print it and then submit it physically I am confused can you please guide me thru. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Parag.



It is ppt.gc.ca or canada.gc.ca and go to passport applications

It is called epass, where you are required to fill in lot personal information for authentication. Once you complete your application, take that to passport office. All people who have filled in application in advance are given priority over people sitting there. It is jumping the queue


 
Post ID: 83214 09-08-06 13:17:44
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Desi # 1
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TK wrote "Sidenote -> One thing i was happy was that even though my pic. came out dark, the agent took it with out a single question. I donot know why most of the passport pictures taken come dark. When i took my photo for my PR card and citizenship, it came back asking for a brighter one. Though i used Black's , it still came out very dark. I belive that a good photo studi recommendation by senior desi's will help other junior CD's applying for Citizenship, passport etc...."

It all depends on clothing you are wearing. If your face is clear, passport office is not bothered for your shoulder width or color of your shirts.

Costco - $5.67+taxes.......provided you have membershio otherwise spend $ 50 for membership


 
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Post ID: 83215 09-08-06 13:21:00
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tamilkuravan
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Passport application-Donot refer your relatives
Hello CD members!
Just now the Canadian passport office people called me.
I had to give two references who were not my relatives. I gave it but one of them was our distant relative. I was introduced to these distant relative by an Adult female memeber. So i told the Adult female member to tell them that i was giving their name as reference and told the Adult female to specifically tell them that when the cdn. passport officials called , that this individual should tell them i was a family friend. The passport officials called them now and by mistake the distant relative told them that we were related.
So the cdn. passport officials called me and said that i could not use that name as a reference and told me to give another one. They said just the name and phone no. was sufficient. I gave them a desi co-workers number in my office and put the cdn. passport officials line to HOLD. Then i ran to the desi co-worker and told him the situation and quickly wrote my full name , DOB in a paper and told him to pick the line.
What the cdn. officials asked him was :
Where was i born, when did i get married, how many kids do i have, what work do i do, how did we know each other and for how long, what was our company doing? Please note that many of this info. is not on the passport application form and the desi co - worker could not answer many of the questions. But the Cdn. passport officials did not say anything more.
This experience is just to inform other Desi CD members the potential risks involved if giving a checkable reference.
TK A
Sidnote : Cdn. passport officials are so fast. I submitted the application form at 8:45 am and i got this call at 2:05 pm. Canadian people are so fast and efficient in their work , even though this is a Cdn. Govt. office.

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Last edited by: tamilkuravan on 09-08-06 14:21:25
Post ID: 83219 09-08-06 14:19:39
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Ranin
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Good running commentary!:clap:

 
Post ID: 83222 09-08-06 15:11:23
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dimple2001
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I am not sure what is so confusing about the passport application. One needs to get a guarantor who know the applicant personally for at least 2 yrs. If that cannot be done, then you go to the ppt office, explain why you do not know anybody as a guarantor and obtain another form that says, Statutory Declaration in Lieu of the Guarantor.

This alternate form has to be signed by a notary or lawyer and the service for the signature has to be paid for. Guarantor's services are free however and must be free.

Also, the ppt application asks for names of references that know you for certain time period. The alternate form asks for an additional 2 names of references that know you well for at least 2 yrs. None can be family.

Yes, they are efficient and they will call almost all the references and ask for detailed info about you. They also called up my HR at work to verify employment.

It is easy not to know any guarantor. The list of guarnators are pretty obscure except for doctors and vets. How many know mayors and post masters and judges personally ?!! I did not know any guarantor and I did the alternate. I don't use medical services in Canada and hence doctors were ruled out.

I gave all my neighbors as references since they all know me for more than 3 yrs.

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Post ID: 83258 10-08-06 12:15:25
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meghal
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Quote:
Sidnote : Cdn. passport officials are so fast. I submitted the application form at 8:45 am and i got this call at 2:05 pm. Canadian people are so fast and efficient in their work , even though this is a Cdn. Govt. office.


As the author of this message, updating the thread

Applied for passport - 29-Jul-06

The clerk at the counter told me that they would mail my passport on 15th of Aug. Instead, I received my passport almost a week early, that too thru a registered post. Those guys are efficient!!!!!!!!!!

All the information about references and photographs are mentioned very clearly. There are no fine prints. So there cannot be any chance of errors, unless..........

I have my pictures taken at Zellers. The application form has very clear specifications of what a picture should look like. If your application form gets rejected due to the picture, the studio should give you a new photo freeof charge.

One interesting thing - In case you are visiting a country that does not have a Canadian embassy, you can go to a British consulate if you need any help

Meghal


 
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