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Government of Canada services and information in Pretoria, South Africa

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Services and information provided to Canadians by the High Commission of Canada to South Africa, in Pretoria.

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Adoption and surrogacy

Refer to International adoption.

Birth abroad

Refer to Birth abroad.

Citizenship services

Complete your citizenship application before booking an appointment to present your documents in person.

Pay your application fees online before you apply for citizenship services.

Payment method

Pay your application fees online.

Make sure to include your payment receipt along with your complete application when you submit it (in person or by mail).

Details Fee (CAD)
Application for a Citizenship Certificate for adults and minors (Proof of Citizenship) 75.00
Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship 100.00
Replacement / Update of proof of Canadian citizenship 75.00
Application for a Search of Citizenship Records 75.00
Minor grant of citizenship (Immigration) 100.00
Minor resumption of citizenship 100.00
Resumption of Canadian citizenship (adult) 530.00

Criminal record checks

The High Commission of Canada in Pretoria does not process Criminal Records Checks for the RCMP in Canada.

Information on the requirements for applying for a Police Clearance Certificate can be found at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-checks

The Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services will ONLY accept ELECTRONIC fingerprint submissions for civil purposes.

You are required to contact an accredited fingerprint company authorised to submit fingerprints to the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS) who will digitize ink fingerprints and submit them electronically to the RCMP.

Accredited fingerprint companies readily advertise their services over the Internet and can provide a copy of their RCMP Letter of Accreditation.

Should you have any further queries pertaining to the RCMP Criminal Records Check, please contact the RCMP directly.

Marriage abroad

Refer to Marriage outside Canada and Marriages in South Africa.

You cannot get married at a Canadian embassy or consulate in a foreign country. Canadian consular officials do not perform marriage ceremonies, and they do not have to attend your marriage.

The High Commission of Canada in Pretoria does not issue certificates of Non-Impediment to Marriage. We may issue a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad stating that we do not issue such certificates. You must submit the following (note that we require the physical documents, no email copies are accepted):

  • a Canadian passport
  • a certified true copy of birth certificate (if born in Canada)
  • a certified true copy of citizenship certificate (if not born in Canada)
  • a signed and witnessed (notary or commissioner of oaths) statutory declaration stating your:
    • Full name
    • Present marital status
    • Permanent address (P.O. boxes are not accepted)
    • the name/citizenship of your future spouse
  • a certified true copy of divorce certificate/final judgment of divorce or of the former spouse’s death certificate, if previously married
  • the fee of CAD 80

Sending documents via courier

Documents will be accepted by courier services delivery only (Mon-Fri between 08H00 -16H00).

Provide the following when using this service:

  • Applicants full name and surname
  • Dates of birth,
  • Physical address where the completed documents are to be couriered
  • Contact person (if different from applicant) with cell phone number

The processing time for this statement is 7 business days.

It is important to note that this statement may not be sufficient proof of a non-impediment to marriage for some foreign governments, including South Africa. You may be required to obtain the document from Canada.

Notarial services

The office provides the following notarial services, by appointment only, to Canadian citizens and, in limited cases, to non-Canadian citizens if the documents are intended for use in Canada. Note: Documents must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official translation in English or French.

Authentication/Attestation (certify the document signature, the position of an official and the seal are genuine):

Certified copy (certify the document is a true copy of the original):

  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).
  • Government-issued identification requiring a certified true copy (fees apply).

Witness a signature (consular officer witnesses a signature):

  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).
  • Government-issued identification requiring a witnessed signature (fees apply).

Note: Complete all documents before booking an appointment. Sign all documents in front of the consular officer.

Payment method

Contact Pret-Consul@international.gc.ca for information.

  • Please complete and sign the Credit Card Authorization and attach it to your service request.
  • No other form of payment (including cash or money orders) will be accepted.
Details Fee (CAD)
Administering an oath or receiving a statutory declaration or affirmation. The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Attesting any document bearing a signature (affidavit, declaration, affirmation, etc.). The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Authenticating (witnessing) a signature. The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Authenticating the signature and seal of a foreign authority. The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Authenticating signatures of Canadian authorities or notaries. 50.00
Certifying a true copy of a document. The fee shown is per copy. 20.00
Uniting documents and sealing their fastening. The fee shown is per document. 30.00
Issuing a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad. The fee shown is a minimum, per document. 30.00
Transfer of private or public funds from Canada or elsewhere to the mission. The fee shown is per transfer. 75.00
Preparing a certificate, affidavit, declaration or other document (less than 200 words). The fee shown is per document. 30.00
Preparing a certificate, affidavit, declaration or other document (200-499 words). The fee shown is per document. 60.00
Making a copy of a document (photocopy). The fee shown is per document. 3.00
Providing a Passport Canada CTC. The fee shown is per set of three copies. 45.00

Passport services

You can pay online for all your passport services before completing your passport application.

Book an appointment to present your documents in person.

Lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports.

Payment method

Pay online for all your passport services.

Make sure to include your payment receipt along with your complete application when you submit it (in person or by mail).

Details Fee (CAD)
10-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 260.00
5-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 190.00
5-year Child passport (0-15 years of age) 100.00
Additional fee for replacing a valid lost or stolen passport 45.00
Children's emergency travel document (one trip) 30.00
Emergency travel document (one trip) 75.00
Exchange of temporary passport at a passport program office in Canada 20.00
PPT 132 Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor 50.00
Retention of a valid passport (in Government of Canada offices abroad during processing of the application for a replacement passport) 45.00
Temporary Passport (Linked to a regular passport Application) 110.00
Pay online

Pensions and retirement

Refer to Benefits for Canadians living abroad.

Studying abroad

Refer to Studying abroad and EduCanada.

Visa and immigration services

Voting abroad

Refer to Voting in an election while outside Canada.

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