Applications for citizenship certificates are pre-screened at the High Commission before being sent to the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Once your original documents have been examined by us they will be returned to you. The processing time can take up to twelve (12) months for a routine application. Please make sure that all questions have been answered correctly - incomplete information will cause delays in the processing of your application.

Applying for a first time or replacement Proof of Canadian Citizenship certificate:

If you would prefer the forms and information be mailed to you please contact the High Commission.

Proof of Canadian Citizenship

For a first time application, proof of parent's Canadian citizenship must be either a Canadian birth certificate, or Canadian citizenship certificate. Canadian passports are not considered as proof of Canadian citizenship.

Payment of Fees

The fee must be paid directly to CIC by credit card. Follow the instruction in the How to apply section.

Submitting your Application

For Canadians resident in New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, French Polynesia, Wallis and Fortuna, send your application to:

Physical address:
High Commission of Canada
Level 11, 125 The Terrace
Wellington 6011                                              
New Zealand


Postal address:
High Commission of Canada
PO Box 8047
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

We recommend that you send your application by courier or registered mail. To check if your application has been delivered to the High Commission please contact the courier company you sent your application through. Receiving unnecessary phone enquiries will only delay processing. If there are any problems with your application you will be contacted directly.