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Canada Permanent Resident (PR Card) Photo

If you are looking for details about applying for Canada PR Card- IMM 5445 please click here. The current page is more about Canada PR card photos.

. Canada PR Card photographs are same as Canada passport photographs. They are also materially different from Canada Visa photos too when it comes to head size.

Canada Immigration photos are photos used with Canada Immigration, Permament Resident Card applications/renewals.

Canada Visa photos are photos used for Canada Visitor Visa application, Canada Temporary Resident Visa, Canada Study Permit or Canada Work Permit.

Please note that Canada Immigration photos require the Date Photo Was Taken on the back of one of the photos. This is for you to mention when this photo was taken. Onlinepassportphoto.com will NOT do this for you as we do not know when the photo was actually taken. You will need to ask the photographer/person taking your photo to put his/her details on the back.

PR CARD Photo Specifications (Source: Canada Citizenship and Immigration) Date Modified:2012-05-31

Permanent Resident Card photos are not the same as passport photos.

  • The two (2) photographs must be:

    • taken by a commercial photographer
    • 50 mm x 70 mm (2 inches wide x 2 ¾ inches long) and sized so the height of the face measures between 31 mm and 36 mm (1 ¼ inches and 1 7⁄16 inches) from chin to crown of head (Natural top of head)
    • clear, sharp and in focus
    • taken with a neutral facial expression (eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smiling)
    • taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows, glare or flash reflections
    • taken straight on, with face and shoulders centered and squared to the camera (i.e. the photographs must show the full front view of the person’s head and shoulders, showing full face centered in the middle of the photograph)
    • taken in front of a plain white background with a clear difference between the person’s face and the background. Photographs must reflect or represent natural skin tones

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The two photos must:

  • show a full front view of the person's head showing full face centred in the middle of the photo;
  • be clear, well-defined and taken against a plain white background without shadows;
  • be produced from the same unretouched film or from the same file capturing the digital image or from two identical photos exposed simultaneously by a split-image or multi-lens camera;
  • be original photos (not taken from any existing photo);
  • New: measure between 25 mm and 30 mm (1" and 1 1/5") from chin to crown (top of hair);
  • have a 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8? x 1 3/4?) finished size;
  • be on photographic paper that has a backing which accepts and retains the date. Photos without this backing are not acceptable;
  • be on prints that are well-fixed and washed to prevent discolouration;
  • bear the date the photo was taken (not the date the photo was printed) directly on the back of one print (stick-on labels are not acceptable)