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Islander216

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Has anyone tried to apply for their SIN recently by going to a Service Canada without booking an appointment beforehand?

It's not clear from the Service Canada website whether you can't go there for a walk-in service, or whether they would just prefer that you not.
When i applied, admittedly a while ago, they just said that walk-in is for special cases, and they're processing most normal cases online.

Apply online, it's pretty quick. You will still need a mailing address however, because you receive a letter with your sin number.
 
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gallagher11

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When i applied, admittedly a while ago, they just said to that walk-in is for special cases, and they're processing most normal cases online.

Apply online, it's pretty quick. You will still need a mailing address however, because you receive a letter with your sin number.
My main concern with applying online (or by mail) is having to wait several days or weeks for them to issue a SIN, versus doing it in person. Do you remember how long it took for them to send you your SIN in the mail?

Though it's good news if you can start working without the actual SIN number as PrincessButtercup's post indicates.
 

Islander216

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It doesn't take long, 2 or 3 days, it takes a few more days because it's sent by mail, in all it may have been a week.
 

visu7190

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Hi Everyone, want some guidance on the SIN application, What address did you use for the SIN application? Should we find a Permenant Accomodation like a Rental home before applying for SIN ? Please share your experiences.