Gilgamesh wrote:We just got back from applying for the citizenship certificate and a passport for our new daughter. They have a new rule concerning the passports. If you want to apply for a passport at the same time as the citizenship certificate, or apply for a passport before the citizenship certificate arrives, you need to have a plane ticket to show that you plan on travelling. As far as I understand this only concerns newborns who have not had a passport yet.
We didn't have this so they wouldn't allow us to apply for the passport. I complained about this rule and asked for an explanation of the point behind the new rule but no one really knew. I was told that Passport Canada made this a rule in February but they didn't know the reason behind it. I can't fathom the reasoning behind the rule and it just seems silly to me.
You can get around this by providing a travel itinerary, which is not the same as buying a ticket. If you have a travel agent willing to do this for you, no ticket is necessary. It IS a stupid rule, though.