Canada Introduces New ePassport

Canada Introduces New ePassport

In a July 2 News release from the Government of Canada it was announced that Canadians will now be able to travel more safely and securely with the introduction of the ePassport.

“The new, 10-year ePassport provides more convenience for Canadians and facilitates safe, secure travel which, in turn, helps create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney.

With this move to an enhanced passport, Canada has joined the dozens of other countries who have adopted the technologically-advanced travel document as the norm. The new ePassport contains an embedded electronic chip which stores all of the information normally found on the second page of the passport, including a photo. This feature is intended to prevent fraud and cannot be modified without invalidating the passport.

With a price-tag of $160, the new ePassport might sound unaffordable, but it actually costs less per year than the current 5-year model as it is meant to be used for twice as long. And if you’re still not convinced about the price, just think of the convenience and time-savings gained from only having to renew your ePassport every 10 years.

In conjunction with the July 2 announcement, it was revealed that Passport Canada has now been placed under the jurisdiction of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This move from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade seems to be a sensible one, as the CIC already oversees the admittance of permanent residents, the promotion of rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and the determining of Canadian citizenship.

While the ePassport may be more convenient for current Canadian citizens, new immigrants may still need assistance with matters of citizenship. With the help of a Canadian immigration lawyer, navigating Canadian citizenship law can be made easier and less stressful.

The Partners at Maynard Kischer Stojicevic offer a range of services to assist with immigration to Canada and have helped many individuals and their families gain permanent residence in Canada. These veterans of Canadian immigration law are based in Vancouver and have been winning awards as a firm since 2002.

“The Canadian passport is not only a privilege of citizenship, but a reflection of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship,” points out Jason Kenney, and MKS Lawyers are here to help new immigrants be a part of this significant step toward being Canadian.