Human errors or mistakes are sometimes inevitable. If after the issuance of your permanent residence card, you discover a wrong information on your PR Card, you can correct it by getting your card reissued or by applying for a new one.
Basically, the permanent resident (PR) card is the official document that shows that you are a permanent resident of Canada. It’s a plastic, wallet-sized identity card that you must present on re-entry to Canada at the border.
If, when you are issued your first PR card, and you noticed that there is a mistake by a IRCC officer that needs to be corrected, then the process for doing so is not the same as applying for a PR Card.
Correct a mistakes on your PR Card
In the case of a mistake or error on your PR Card, you have to apply for a Request to Reissue a PR Card.
But note that this correction can only be done if the incorrect information on your permanent resident card was a result of an error made by IRCC when you applied to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident, or when you applied for a PR card from inside Canada.
Please note that any details or information that has changed:
- after you have been granted your permanent residence, or
- after you were issued your PR card, or
- that is not due to an error by IRCC officials
cannot be corrected. If on the other hand the mistake or error was made by you, then you must instead apply for a new permanent resident card by using the application kit for Applying for a new PR Card IMM 5445. Go to the CIC website to download this application form.
On a final note, before you apply for a correction and replacement of your Permanent resident card, you must, however, first make sure that your Landing Record and your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) are error-free.
If any of these documents contain errors or mistakes made by IRCC officials, then you need to first submit a Request to Amend the CoPR or Immigration Record of Landing or Valid Temporary Resident Documents (IMM 1436).