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PERMANENT RESIDENT CARDS

What is the process for applying for a card?

Beginning on 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 later.

For existing 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?

An application 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 advertising.

 
When will the Permanent Resident Card be available?

Beginning on 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?

Following a 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?

Yes. Every 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.

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