If everything is in order, you will get your SIN during your visit and you will not need to part with your documents. Special measures are in place to accommodate individuals who cannot apply in person at a Service Canada office. Applying by mail Only individuals in these circumstances are permitted to apply by mail: Individuals living km or more from the nearest Service Canada office, in an inaccessible area or where outreach is very infrequent may apply by mail.
Functionality[ edit ] Through functionality creepthe SIN has become a national identification numberin much the same way that the Social Security Number has in the United States.
It is not an identity document. Examples of organizations that legitimately require a SIN include employers, financial institutions that provide interest on deposits, and federal government agencies. Giving a SIN when applying for consumer credit, such as buying a car or electronics, or allowing it to be used as a general purpose identification number, such as by a cable company, is strongly discouraged.
Military identification, including ID cards and identity discs were marked with the SIN during this period. Temporary SINs[ edit ] Social Insurance Numbers that begin with the number "9" are issued to temporary residents who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents e.
Often, these individuals must have an employment authorization in order to work in Canada. SINs beginning with a "9" are different from SINs assigned to citizens and permanent residents, because they have an expiry date which usually coincides with the expiration of the holder's work permit.
These SINs are invalid unless there is an expiry date listed on the card and the date has not passed.
Permanent Resident SINs[ edit ] Issued by Canadian government to each Canadian citizen or permanent resident; The SIN is unique and assigned to only one citizen Validation[ edit ] Social Insurance Numbers can be validated through a simple check digit process called the Luhn algorithm.
So the result of the multiplication is: Geography[ edit ] The first digit of a SIN usually identifies the province in which it was registered, as listed below. However, the government has found it necessary in the past to supply certain regions with SIN numbers assigned to other regions.Insurance Social Media.
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