Are you eligible for Indian status?

Find out if you are eligible to register and how to apply.

COVID-19-related office closure

All Indigenous Services Canada offices for Indian status and secure status card applications will be closed until further notice due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you would like to apply for a Secure Certificate of Indian Status by mail, visit Are you applying for a status card.

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Are you applying for Indian status?

Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for Indian status as defined in the Indian Act.

How to apply if you are adopted?

Find out how to apply for Indian status if you have been adopted.

Are you applying with only one parent listed on your birth certificate?

Find out how to apply if your birth certificate does not state the name of your biological parent who is registered or entitled to be registered.

Eliminating known sex-based inequities in Indian registration

Learn what the Government of Canada is doing to ensure equity between the sexes in Indian registration.

When do you become eligible for non-insured health services benefits?

Find out how long it takes to receive non-insured health services benefits available to Status Indians.

Have you applied to join the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation?

Learn more about the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation enrolment process.

Has your application been denied?

Find out how to protest the Indian Registrar's decision on your application for Indian status.

Collaborative Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation Citizenship: Consultation Plan

Learn how the Government of Canada plans to consult on Indian registration, band membership and First Nations citizenship.

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