Permanent resident card of Canada has new look and improved security aspects

The Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced the execution of the redesigned permanent resident card, which will be in flow commencement from 24 August 2009.

This redesigned permanent resident card or PR Card of Canada will facilitate stop the deceptive use of Canada’s immigration documents and guard the integrity of Canada’s immigration system. The new PR card includes security features that adhere to international standards for travel documents. This was possible by the latest technology which is continuously evolving.

The latest card holds micro-lettering and fine line patterns that are anti-copying, like banknotes. Also, the photograph of card’s holder and personal details are recorded on a bar code in an encrypted format that can only be read by authoritative officials.

New permanent residents of Canada will automatically be given the new card as part of the immigration process. Existing permanent residents of Canada will get a new card only when their existing card expires. In the period in-between, their existing card is still valid.

As at all times, permanent residents ought to check the ending date of their existing PR card and apply for a new PR card, if essential, well in advance of international travel. This wallet-sized plastic card is required for all permanent residents of Canada seeking to enter again in Canada on a commercial transpotation.


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