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Leaving Canada after citizenship ceremony

vanmover

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Jan 31, 2015
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Hi!

I've just been given a date for my citizenship ceremony, but I'm going to be overseas for work for the next couple of months. I'll fly to Vancouver for my citizenship ceremony/oath, but I understand there may be an issue with leaving the country afterwards on my non-Canadian passport? Do I need to get a Canadian passport before I leave? Thanks!
 
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foodie69

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Dec 18, 2015
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Hi!

I've just been given a date for my citizenship ceremony, but I'm going to be overseas for work for the next couple of months. I'll fly to Vancouver for my citizenship test, but I understand there may be an issue with leaving the country afterwards on my non-Canadian passport? Do I need to get a Canadian passport before I leave? Thanks!
After the test you are not yet Canadian.. only after the oath. No Canadian passport available to you.
So what you do prior to the oath is done on your current passport and PR card.
 

vanmover

Full Member
Jan 31, 2015
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After the test you are not yet Canadian.. only after the oath. No Canadian passport available to you.
So what you do prior to the oath is done on your current passport and PR card.

Sorry that was a terrible typo. I meant my oath/ceremony! I've passed my test :)
 

Gibe

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Aug 3, 2018
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You can leave with your current foreign passport just after the oath.....
.... but you won't be able to return to Canada.

Actually as soon as you are Canadian, you need a valid Canadian passport to re-enter Canada.
It seems that they are ways to get a travel document from abroad in case you don't have a passport. However I suggest that you stay a bit longer after the oath so you can get a passport before leaving.

All details: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/dual-canadian-citizens-visit-canada.html
 
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svsynk

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Nov 9, 2019
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Hi, I have the same case as you.. just wondering if you get to leave Canada without your canadian passport? thank you very much.
 

Seym

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Nov 6, 2017
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Hi, I have the same case as you.. just wondering if you get to leave Canada without your canadian passport? thank you very much.
Of course you can.
The canadian passport ony matters when you want to go back. And you can apply for a passport anywhere...
 

issteven

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Jan 2, 2014
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Hi!

I've just been given a date for my citizenship ceremony, but I'm going to be overseas for work for the next couple of months. I'll fly to Vancouver for my citizenship ceremony/oath, but I understand there may be an issue with leaving the country afterwards on my non-Canadian passport? Do I need to get a Canadian passport before I leave? Thanks!
you can get your canadian passport overseas with your citizenship certificate. there's no saying that you have to get you CA passport in CA