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Crossing Borders March 12, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Canada, Citizenship, NEXUS Card, Passports, USA.
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When crossing borders as a dual citizen, remember that the USA sees you as an American, and Canada sees you as Canadian, so it seems wisest to present your passports as such.

US Department of State has this to say about entering and leaving the USA:

Most U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport does not endanger U.S. citizenship.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada says:

The Canadian government strongly encourages you to use your Canadian passport when travelling abroad, especially when entering the country of your second citizenship.¬†¬† … Using your Canadian passport may provide the basis under which Canada can provide you with consular assistance if you run into difficulties. You should also obtain a visa, if that is required for entry by Canadian citizens, and always present yourself as a Canadian when dealing with local authorities.

As far as ease of travel goes, it’s most definitely easier to present your US passport to US officials and Canadian passport to Canadian officials… Less confusion that way. (Of course, the NEXUS card alleviates all the hassle, since you declare both citizenships in the NEXUS application) (more…)

Applying for Passport(s) for Dual Citizens in Canada March 12, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Canada, Passports, USA.
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To apply for a US Passport, fill out your information online on the appropriate form found on the Department of State website, print it out, and attach one of the photos you either took yourself or ordered online, and take the form with attached photo, the additional photo, and proof of citizenship to your local US Embassy. (See the application form for documentation requirements)

To apply for a Canadian Passport, download the appropriate PDF file from the Passport Canada website, and fill in the information in Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar PDF-reading programs. When finished, print it out, and bring the form along with your photos to a Guarantor to have signed. Then take the photos, application form, and proof of citizenship  to your local Passport Canada office. (See the application form for documentation requirements)

In my opinion, it’s best to visit the submission locations in person as opposed to mailing your application: If you go in person, you can show them the your citizenship documents, and leave with them in your hands. (more…)