An individual applying for Canadian travel documents must have an application before the IRCC, a passport photo, and other required documentation which proves the applicant’s identity signed by a qualified guarantor.
However, what happens when one is not eligible for a Canadian passport but still applies for travel documents to Canada? This applicant must complete the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor (Form PPTC 326) and get it notarized.
How is the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor (Form PPTC 132) different from (Form PPTC 326)?
As a general rule, applicants present their applications to the IRCC with a signed declaration by a Guarantor. However, there are specific requirements that must be met before another individual can guarantee the applicant; the main requirement is that your guarantor must have known you for at least two (2) years.
A Statutory Declaration in Lieu of a Guarantor (Form PPTC 132) is used by an applicant who does not have access to a qualified Guarantor. Generally, every applicant must present their passport application alongside the signed Declaration by their guarantor.
On the other hand, the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of a Guarantor (Form PPTC 326) is used by applicants who are applying for travel documents but are not eligible for a Canadian passport.
Can the Form be used for anyone?
No! The Form PPTC 326 applies only to:
- Protected persons
- Stateless persons or;
- Permanent Residents of Canada in special circumstances.
Can anyone administer the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor Form 326?
As is the case with the PPTC 132 and other travel documents, the PPTC 326 must be notarized, and this means it is to be ‘sworn to or declared before, any person or office person authorized by law to administer an oath or a solemn declaration.’ One of the persons authorized by law in Canada is a Notary Public.
What do I need to expect in notarization of the Form PPTC 326?
To notarize the copy of PPTC 326 sent through your mail, you must have completed the fields in the Form.
You will also be required to present two passport photographs for inspection by the Notary public and to certify that the entire process was genuine, legal, binding, and not fraudulent. Finally, visit a notary public, physically or virtually, to get your PPTC 326 notarized.
How can I get a copy of Form PPTC 326?
Unfortunately, the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of a Guarantor (Form PPTC 326) is yet to be provided online by the Government of Canada. For an applicant to obtain Form PPTC 326, such an applicant must do the following:
- Go to the nearest passport service location near you; or
- Request for Form PPTC 326 by calling the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) directly.
- Provide the agent on the phone with your UCI;
- Wait to receive the email containing the Form and;
- Confirm the note left on your account which ensures that your PPTC 326 will be accepted by the IRCC.
In the event that the applicant is outside Canada, they can do the following;
- Contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.
How can All-Canada Notary help?
All-Canada Notary is a network of public notaries, and We can help you notarize your Form PPTC 326. At All-Canada Notary, we operate a physical and virtual notary service. You can book your appointment online and get your documents notarized with All-Canada Notary today.