Recently my husband applied for my immigration to canada in Family Class. My husband is a canadian citizen. Recently I have been asked to submit as the following

Passport/Travel Document: Valid passport or travel document This must be received at this office by: 2019/07/10

I am wondering whether they asked me to submit my original passport or a copy?


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They're going to stick an actual physical visa into your actual passport, so a copy won't suffice.
Send the real thing.

Your husband probably already gave them a copy when your application was submitted.


A copy of your passport isn't a valid passport or travel document. They want the actual passport.

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    Helps to explain why. Jun 19, 2019 at 16:53
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    @Harper The question asks if a copy is enough. I have explained that it isn't. Why it's not enough doesn't really matter: in practical terms, "Because, if you don't, you don't get your visa." Jun 19, 2019 at 17:01

My wife had to send her passport to The Philippines (she was in Japan). After they received it with her application, they said that her medical certificate was too old and she needed a new one.

But to get it she had to take her passport to the doctor.

But they had her passport.

In the end, it took me getting our Member of Parliament's office involved, because the Philippines office didn't respond to my emails or faxes (there was no phone number). They sent it back to her, by collect courier -- for which she had to pay almost $200!

So yes, you have to send in your passport, even though it seems sketchy, and hopefully your experience isn't as bad as ours!

  • Do you have verifiable sources to confirm this?
    – JJJ
    Jun 19, 2019 at 19:34
  • @JJJ: That is rather a silly question, if you ask me. Graham is hardly likely to upload the correspondence for us to see, is he? Either you believe him or you don't.
    – TonyK
    Jun 19, 2019 at 20:01
  • @TonyK surely there is some information by the country (e.g. on embassy / government website) to send the real document if that is what they require. It's a bit silly to have answers which aren't supported by evidence. Indeed, that opens a whole world of statements and promises which may or may not be true undermining the purpose of this site.
    – JJJ
    Jun 19, 2019 at 20:07
  • @JJJ: are you suggesting that the Visa Department of the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines might confirm that in 2009 they accepted a Permanent Residency application and then demanded a new medical certificate while still being in possession of the passport? When they wouldn't even respond to emails and faxes at the time? Or that I have kept the documentation of the application for 10 years after Residency was granted?
    – Graham
    Jun 25, 2019 at 19:24
  • @Graham no, I'm saying their website will have general information about common procedures which the questions asks about (in particular, whether a copy of a passport suffices or not).
    – JJJ
    Jun 25, 2019 at 19:42

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