What is the
process for applying for a card?
June 28, 2002, cards will be mailed to new Permanent Residents following their
arrival in Canada. Personal data, along with a photo, will be confirmed at the
point of entry into Canada, and a card will be sent by mail about three weeks
Permanent Residents, information on how to apply for the card will be
available on this site after September 15, 2002. CIC will begin processing
applications for the card after October 15, 2002. There will also be
Government of Canada newspaper advertising in the fall of 2002 that will
outline the application process.
Will there be forms to fill out to apply for the card?
and information kit will be available to Permanent Residents containing
application forms. More information about how to get these kits will be
available after September 15, 2002 on this Web site and through newspaper
When will the Permanent Resident Card be available?
June 28, 2002, cards will be mailed to new Permanent Residents as part of the
landing process. Personal data, along with a photo, will be confirmed at the
point of entry to Canada, and a card will be mailed to the Permanent Resident.
CIC will begin
processing applications for the card from existing Permanent Residents after
October 15, 2002. Applications for the card will be available for Permanent
Residents living in Canada shortly before this date. To allow for an orderly
process in issuing cards, CIC will invite people to apply based on their year
of landing in Canada.
Will the Permanent Resident Card be mandatory?
transition period, the card will be required for all Permanent Residents to
re-enter Canada following international travel as of December 31, 2003.
Will children of Permanent Residents need the new card too?
Permanent Resident travelling internationally will need the new card. Children
of Permanent Residents who were born in Canada are Canadian Citizens and need
a Canadian passport to travel.
Will refugee claimants be able to apply for the card?
No. The card is
for those individuals who have been granted permanent residence in Canada.