A Permanent Resident Card is an immigration document in Canada, which is credit card sized so that it fits easily into your wallet, which is proof that the holder is a legal immigrant in Canada.
Generally, this document is used only when travelling or applying for social benefits and does not need to be carried on your person constantly if you are a Permanent Resident. Permanent Residency, once granted, is indefinite unless a condition of your permanent residency is violated, such as in the case of the committal of a crime.
You can use this application if:
- You just got your Permanent Resident status and wish to receive your Permanent Resident Card (PRC). If this is the case you will be applying for an initial PR Card.
- Your Permanent Resident Card has been lost, stolen, damaged, mutilated or otherwise rendered unusable. If this is the case you will have to select, on the form, what happened to your PR Card and include it in the application package.
- After a period of about five years, your Permanent Resident Card will expire. While it is not imminently important to have it replaced (you status does not expire, though the card does) it is still a good idea to have it renewed when it expires to ensure that you always have current documentation.
Form IMM 5444E costs $50 to file for any of the above reasons. Payments must be made before the application is submitted and the receipt from this transaction must be included in the application package.