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Canadian Permanent Resident Card – New Design and Security Features

Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced the implementation of the redesigned permanent resident card which was introduced on August 24, 2009.

"Thanks to state-of-the-art security features, this redesigned permanent resident card will help prevent the fraudulent use of Canada's immigration documents and protect the integrity of our immigration system. The new card contains security features that comply with international standards for travel documents. Technology is continuously evolving and it is important that our standards keep up," stated Minister Kenney.

New permanent residents will receive the new card automatically once their visas are approved. Current permanent residents will receive it when their current card expires. Permanent residents should check their expiry dates on existing cards and apply for new cards well ahead of any overseas trips. The card is required for all permanent residents to re-enter Canada.


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