Yesterday I went back to the consulate for the final step — getting my passport! I had been putting this off forever, but now that I have a trip to Italy coming up, the pressure is on! (ok, not really)
Here’s what the process was like:
- Show up at the consulate, wait 1 hour (usual wait time)
- Provide Canadian passport & driver’s licence + 2 passport photos
- Sign some Italian forms (staff will verbally translate) — essentially these forms stated that I consent to being fingerprinted, and that I have verified that all the information that will go on the passport is correct
- Get fingerprinted
- Pay $171 CAD in cash
- Go home and wait by the mailbox! (I provided a self-addressed prepaid express envelope)
Total time taken: ~1.5 hours
The passport will last 10 years, and it’s much cheaper to renew (currently ~$68 CAD).
UPDATE 8/10: Received my passport in the mail yesterday! It only took 1 week!