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Passport Refusals

Are you a Citizen of Canada and your Canadian passport has been refused or revoked, suspended or cancelled?

If it is so then the CPRP team is the one you should contact. The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, both the Authorities have authority to refuse to issue a passport or to revoke, suspend or cancel an existing passport. It is important to understand the grounds for refusal, revocation, suspension or cancellation.

Passport Refusal

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness choose to refuse to issue you a passport for many reasons. These comprise (but are not limited to) findings that the candidate:

  • Obviously, if the applicant is not a Canadian citizen;
  • has given wrong information during the method of applying for a passport, or has not given all required information which includes the requested information and material;
  • is charged with an accused offence either in Canada or abroad, is confined either in Canada or abroad, or is subject to court-imposed conditions that have the effect of preventing ownership of a passport;
  • has been condemned of a passport felony under the Criminal Code of Canada or under alike legislation outside of Canada;
  • there are realistic grounds to suspect that the passport must be annulled in order to avoid the commission of sexual offences against children outside of Canada; or
  • the Public Safety Minister be certain of that the decision is necessary to avert the commission of a terrorism offence, pursuant to s. 2 of the Criminal of Canada.
Passport Suspension

A Passport bearer can be refused to attain services of Passport by The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if you failed to pay child support or alimony and thus most probably becomes the subject to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistant Act. If a passport has been suspended than the bearer has to return it to the passport program and in case the bearer does not return the passport than it will be cancelled. In case the suspension ends before the passport expires, it is returned to the bearer.

Passport Cancellation

Some of the basis on which the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness may cancel a passport are as follows:

  • If the passport holder is deceased;
  • If a request to return the passport was issued but the passport holder has failed to do so;
  • If there are a realistic basis to suspect that the passport must be cancelled in order to prevent the commission of sexual offences against children outside of Canada; or
  • If the Public Safety Minister be certain of that the decision is necessary to prevent the commission of a terrorism offence.

Note that the termination of the passport renders it unacceptable for travel. Following cancellation, administrators evaluate whether there are grounds to revoke the passport. Where inadequate grounds exist to revoke, a new passport will be delivered with the same expiry date as the annulled passport.

Passport Revocation

The Government of Canada may revoke a passport to a person for many reasons, some of them mentioned as following:

  • The first most reason is if the passport holder is no longer a Canadian citizen;
  • If the passport was attained through the establishment of false or misleading information;
  • If the passport is used in, or to support with, the commission of a criminal offence either in Canada or a similar offence outside of Canada;
  • If the passport was used by a person other than the passport holder with their consent; or
What can be done?

If you have been refused to issue of a passport or your passport has been revoked or you have been refused passport services, you may seek leave and judicial review of the decision in Federal Court.

Individuals whose passports have been void by a decision of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness may put on an appeal for reconsideration of the cancellation to the Passport at Cancellation Reconsideration Office. The application has to be made within 30 days of the date that the cancellation was communicated to the subject. After submission of the application, the person will be provided with reasons for the cancellation. The Minister will assess this application and render a decision. If the cancellation is upheld, the decision may be challenged at the Federal Court of Canada.