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Canada is a land of opportunity and thousands of people want to become permanent residents there. This country has been increasing the number of successful applicants applying for PR cards each year. The Canadian government plans to invite 351,000 individuals to become permanent residents in 2021 and that number continues to grow!
If you seek to move to Canada and become a permanent resident or you already live there and you just prepare for the process, it is important to know both application requirements as well as the PR card photographs. Read on to meet the demandings.
When travelling you need a permanent resident card to prove that you are a permanent resident to be able to come back to Canada. To make the process faster you might consider taking a photo to PR card by yourself. Neither you choose a professional photographer or you will take the permanent resident card photos at your place, you should know the official Canadian requirements regarding PR Cards.
The photo dimensions of permanent resident card are 50 mm x 70 mm (2 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches long) and sized so the height of the face measures between 31 mm and 36 mm (1 1/4 inches and 1 7/16 inches) from chin to crown of head (natural top of head).
General specifications regarding photos for permanent resident cards:
The background should be plain white with a clear difference between the applicant’s face and the background. Clothes of the photographed person should not be in the same color as the background to avoid blend in. If you cannot reach the uniform background color, use our PhotoAiD service or app to remove patterns or shadows and reach the plain white color.
Lighting must be uniform to avoid shadows across the face or shoulders, around the ears or in the background. Photos must reflect natural skin tones of the candidate. Try photographing in daylight to avoid the red-eye effect from the flash lamp.
The photos have to be taken straight on, with face and shoulders centred and squared to the camera. The photographs must show the full front view of the person’s head and shoulders, showing a full face centred in the middle of the photograph.
Glasses are allowed in the PR card pictures as long as the applicant’s eyes are clearly visible and there is no glare in the glasses. Sunglasses and tinted eye glasses are unacceptable. Photos with the red-eye effect or red eye alterations are unacceptable.
Hats and head coverings are not allowed unless they are worn daily for religious beliefs or medical reasons. This means that you can wear headwear or a nasal cannula in your permanent resident photo as long as your full face, especially eyes, are clearly visible and the head covering does not cast any shadows on your face. Your hair can be down but also should not cover your face. We recommend that you include a signed explanation from a doctor with your application if wearing head covering because of medical reasons, it might be requested.
If you are in a wheelchair, we recommend that a plain white blanket be placed over the wheelchair behind the applicant's head so that your facial features and the edges of your face are clearly visible.
The back of one photo must include:
The photographer may use a stamp or handwrite this information. Stick-on labels are unacceptable.
Child photos must follow the same rules indicated above. This means that the photos for children PR cards must show the child's head and shoulders only. Any other objects, people or items cannot be visible in the frame such as parent’s hands, pacifiers or toys are not allowed. The difficulty of obtaining a neutral expression of a newborn allows for some minor variations in this regard.
For newborn babies, the photo can be taken:
Make sure that your photographs meet these requirements, otherwise your application will be rejected.
If this is your first time taking photos for documents, it might not be a piece of cake. This is why we are to help you with the process! Take a look at the common mistakes while taking photos to PR card to know what to not repeat:
Canadians often recommend taking photos to PR Cards or passports at professional photography studios, however they don’t say that it is not possible to take a permanent resident card card photo by yourself! This is why we show you step by step how easy and quick is using our PhotoAiD app.
Last update: 2023-06-01
The size of PR card is 50 mm x 70 mm (2 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches long) where the height of the face measures between 31 mm and 36 mm (1 1/4 inches and 1 7/16 inches) from chin to crown of head.
You must provide two (2) identical and unaltered photographs in color or black and white. They have to be original and not altered in any way or taken from an existing photograph.The PR card photos must reflect your current appearance and be taken no older than 6 months ago.
Yes. The photo size for PR card is the same and both measure 50 mm x 70 mm (2 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches long) so you can use your photo from passport application from last 6 months.
The background of PR card photos should be plain white with a clear difference between the applicant’s face and the background. If you cannot reach the uniform background color, use our PhotoAiD service or app to remove patterns or shadows and reach the plain white color.
Yes, you can take the PR card photo with your phone, upload to our Photo Tool service or app and we will do the rest. However, remember that it cannot be a selfie and you have to meet the official Canadian requirements to know what are the PR card photo specifications.
For PR Card eligible is:
You should not wear anything in white color to not blend with the background and nothing which could obscure your face. Consider taking off glasses unless you have to wear them for medical reasons. The same concerns the head coverings like nasal cannula can be kept for the photo but remember that your full face has to be visible.
The PR card photo can be submitted in both black and white and color. There is no specified requirements that it has to be this way or another. Depends on you.
Permanent Resident Card costs are CAN$50 for application per person with a biometric fee (per person) for CAN$85.
The Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) or Carte de Résident Permanent is the official proof of non-Canadian citizens status as a permanent resident in Canada. PR Card is also an identification and travel document for permanent residents who are allowed to live, work and stay in the country without the restriction of residency. It is also proof of identity at immigration controls. This document allows its holder to return to Canada by plane or another commercial carrier.
To be eligible for a PR Card, you must:
You are obligated to fill out and submit some of these application forms:
Depending on your situation, you may need to submit:
You have to mail to the Card Processing Centre - PR Card (regular) or Case Processing Centre - PR Card (by courier) your correctly filled applications with a stamped envelope.
To apply for a PR card you need to submit two identical photos taken within six months of the date of this application and a photocopy of:
Permanent Resident Card costs are $50 for application per person with a biometric fee (per person) for $85 and biometric fees (per family) (two or more people) - maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place $170.
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