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Permanent Resident Card
The approval of $17.3M in new funding will allow CIC to proceed quickly with the introduction of a permanent resident card, replacing the existing paper record of landing document. This will provide permanent residents of Canada with a secure proof of status document and will greatly facilitate international travel.
The goal is that by June, 2002, the new card will be issued to all new immigrants arriving in Canada. Subsequently, immigrants with permanent resident status already in Canada will be able to apply for the card for the purposes of travel. Easier to carry than the current document, it will also confirm their identity and status to facilitate access to services within Canada.
Currently new immigrants and permanent residents are identified with a paper form, the IMM 1000 Immigrant Visa and Record of Landing, which has been in use for many years and has been subject to abuse. The security features of the new card will reduce this fraud substantially and protect the integrity of the immigration system, while easing travel for legal immigrants. CIC has been working on the development of the card for a number of years to ensure the card contains the most up-to-date security features and fraud resistance.
The wallet-sized permanent resident card will contain the basic biographical information already on the IMM 1000, as well as a photograph of the person to whom it is issued. The machine-readable card will have an optical stripe where this data will be encoded.
The implementation of the card will involve about 2 million clients over a five-year period.
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