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How to Apply for Your First Permanent Resident Card

If you have not previously applied for Permanent Resident status, then applying for your first Permanent Resident Card will involve establishing your eligibility to immigrate to Canada based on grounds such as business or family sponsorship. The application requirements and process will depend upon the basis for your application.

If you were previously granted Permanent Resident status, but were never issued a Permanent Resident Card, then the application process may also vary, depending on the circumstances of your case.

If you became a Permanent Resident before June 28, 2002, then a Permanent Resident Card was not issued to you as part of your Immigration process, and you can apply for your first Permanent Resident Card by submitting Form 5444-E with supporting documents and $50 application fee to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

If you became a Permanent Resident after June 28, 2002 and you failed to pick up your Permanent Resident Card at your local CIC office, then you may apply for a new Permanent Resident Card by submitting Form 5444-E with supporting documents and $50 application fee to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

If you became a Permanent Resident after June 28, 2002 and you never received a letter from CIC informing you to pick up your card, despite the fact that the address you provided on your application was correct, then you can call the CIC Call Centre at  1-888-242-2100 to obtain a new card.