Canadian Permanent Resident card - New Design and security features

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

The card has micro-lettering and fine line patterns that are difficult to copy which is similar to that found in banknotes. The card holder's photograph and details are recorded on a bar code in an encrypted format so that it can only read by authorised officials.

New permanent residents receive the card automatically when their visa is approved. Those who currently have permanent residence will receive the new card when their existing card expires.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada reminds people that permanent residents should check the expiry date on their existing card and, if necessary, apply for a new card well ahead of any overseas trip. This wallet-sized plastic card is required for all permanent residents of Canada seeking to re-enter Canada by airplane, boat, train or bus.