1 Citizenship and Citoyennet et IMMIGRATION Canada IMMIGRATION Canada IMMIGRATION Table of Contents Overview .. 2. Before You Apply .. 3. Canada Step 1. Gather Documents .. 5. Step 2. Complete the Applications .. 9. Step 3. Pay the Step 4. Mail the Applications ..19. What Happens Next .. 20. Appendix A - Residency Obligation Appendix B - Photo Specifications Applying for a Forms Permanent Resident Application for a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) Card (IMM 5444). Supplementary Identification Form (IMM 5455). Document Checklist (IMM 5574). Receipt (IMM 5401). Use of a Representative (IMM 5476). Initial application Replacement Renewal This application is made available free by Citizenship and IMMIGRATION Canada and is not to be sold to applicants. This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. galement disponible en fran ais IMM 5445E (11-2008).
2 Overview Application This application package consists of: package an instruction guide, and the required form(s). The instruction guide is a tool that provides the information you must know about this application before sending it to Citizenship and IMMIGRATION Canada (CIC), and assistance with how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents. Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable form(s). The form(s) are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application. Why you This guide provides all of the instructions necessary to complete this need to read application. As a result of reading the guide, you should be able to: this guide complete the application form, and determine what supporting documents need to be included. Symbols This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular used in this importance.
3 Guide This symbol Tells you . What you must do to have your application processed. Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems. Where to get more information. Note: Tips that will assist you with this application. The The instructions provided in this guide follow the basic steps you will need to application know to complete your application. process Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Gather Complete the Pay the fee Mail the documents applications applications 2 Applying for a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card). Before You Apply Permanent A Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is a document required by Resident Card permanent residents, including children, who are planning on travelling outside of Canada and then return to Canada by any commercial (PR Card). transporter such as plane, train, boat or bus.
4 Who may This application is for permanent residents within Canada who would like use this to apply for: application an initial (first) PR Card;. a renewal of a PR Card that has or will soon expire; or a replacement of a PR Card that has been lost, stolen or damaged. Assessing To be eligible for a PR Card, you must: your be a permanent resident of Canada ;. eligibility be physically present in Canada ;. not be under an effective removal order;. not be a Canadian citizen or a registered Indian under the Indian Act; and not be convicted of an offense related to the misuse of a PR card. Permanent If you are currently outside Canada and do not have a valid PR. Residents Card to return to Canada , you will need to obtain a travel document outside of from a Canadian visa office. An application is available on our Web site at Canada Once you have returned to Canada , you should apply for a PR Card.
5 You may be Adults may be able to obtain Canadian citizenship if they: eligible for are permanent residents of Canada ;. Canadian have lived in Canada for at least three out of the four years citizenship preceding an application for Canadian citizenship; and meet all other requirements. Note: Children will have to meet different requirements. For information or to obtain an application package visit our Web site at or contact our Call Centre by consulting the How to Contact CIC section of this guide. Error in your If your Record of Landing (IMM 1000), Confirmation of Permanent name Residence (IMM 5292) or other permanent residence document contains an error in your name, complete and submit a Request to Amend the IMMIGRATION Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5218) before you apply for a PR card. Visit our Web site or contact our Call Center to obtain an application kit.
6 Applying for a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) 3. Application Process for PR Card Obtain Obtain the the Application Application for for aa Permanent Permanent Resident Resident Card Card through through CIC's CIC's Web Web site site or or by by communicating communicating withwith the the Call Call Center. Center. You You must must order order the the Supplementary Supplementary Identification Identification Form Form (IMM. (IMM 5455). 5455) and and the the HPM. HPM Receipt Receipt Form Form (IMM. (IMM 5401). 5401). Gather Gather all all required required documents, documents, pay pay the the fees fees through through aa financial financial institution institution or or by by using using the the Internet, Internet, fill fill out out the the application application forms forms and and mail mail the the complete complete application application toto the the Case Case Processing Processing Centre Centre (CPC).
7 (CPC) inin Sydney. Sydney. CPC-Sydney CPC-Sydney checkschecks your your application application Did Did you you include include the the fee fee receipt receipt and and is is the the application application complete? complete? If If yes, yes, application application isis approved. approved. If If no, no, your your application application is is Card Card is is printed printed and and shipped shipped to to aa CIC. CIC returned returned to to you. you. local local office. office. The The appropriate appropriate CIC. CIC receives receives the the PR. PR card card from from the the production production facility. facility. CIC. CIC sends sends aa letter letter advising advising you you to to pick pick up up your your card. card. You You must must report report toto the the local local CIC. CIC toto collect collect your your card card Officer Officer verifies verifies your your original original documents, documents, confirms confirms that that the the data data on on the the card card is is accurate accurate andand ensures ensures photographic photographic likeness.
8 Likeness. You You sign sign an an acknowledgement acknowledgement of of receipt. receipt. If If you you do do not not pick pick up up the the card card at at the the Local Local CIC. CIC within within 180. 180 days, days, the the card card is is returned returned to to CPC-Sydney CPC-Sydney to to be be destroyed destroyed and and file file is is considered considered abandoned, abandoned, youyou will will need need to to re-apply. re-apply. Action Action you you must must take take CPC-S. CPC-S process process CIC. CIC Assessment Assessment 4 Applying for a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card). Step 1. Gather Documents Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Gather Complete the Pay the fee Mail the documents applications applications What The table below outlines the identity documents that you will need to send documents with your application. You should use the document checklist to ensure are required?
9 That your application includes all of the required documents. If any of the required documents are missing, or photocopies are not clear, your application will be returned to you. Document Description Format 1 Your PR Card If you are applying to renew your present card and: Original your card has expired, you should return it with the completed application for a new card; or your card is still valid, you may hold on to it and return it to a CIC officer when you pick-up your new card at a local CIC office. If you are applying to replace your damaged card, you should return your card with your application. 2 One (1) primary A copy of one of the following: Clear and identity document your valid passport or travel document; or legible the passport or travel document you held at the photocopy time you became a permanent resident; or the certificate of identity or travel document issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada .
10 The copy should show the document type and number, issue and expiry date, your name, photo and date of birth. Under exceptional circumstances, if it is impossible for you to obtain any of the above you must provide a: copy of any identity document issued outside Canada before you came to Canada ;. or statutory declaration signed by you attesting to your identity and a statutory declaration also attesting to your identity signed by: a) a person who knew you before you came to Canada (such as a family member); or b) an official of an organization representing people from your country of nationality or former residence. Applying for a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) 5. Document Description Format 3 One (1) A copy of one of the following: Clear and secondary your Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or legible identity document Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM photocopy 5292).