Canadian Permanent Residents may apply for a Canadian Permanent Resident Card at any time after landing in Canada. This card confirms their status as a Permanent Resident of Canada.The Canadian Permanent Resident Card is a wallet-sized plastic card containing pertinent information (height, eye color and gender) on the cardholder as well as a laser-engraved photograph and signature. Other personal data are encoded on the card and are accessible only by authorized Canadian Immigration Officials.
Canadian Permanent Residents planning to re-enter Canada on commercial carriers (plane, train, bus and boat) will be required to show their Permanent Resident Card to confirm their Permanent Resident status before boarding. Canadian Permanent Residents, not in possession of a Permanent Resident Card, will have to apply for a Temporary Travel Document from the nearest Canadian Immigration Visa Office in order to travel to Canada on a commercial carrier.
Canadian Permanent Residents may now receive renewed cards through the mail. The current processing time for new permanent residents is 47 business days. The processing time for existing permanent residents is 70 days. (Updated on 2012-13-07).