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Permanent Resident Card Applications
A permanent resident card is proof of one's permanent resident status in Canada.  In order for a permanent resident to re-enter Canada, he or she will be required to produce his or her permanent resident card to a border official.
Notary Services Ontario can help you complete your Permanent Resident Card Application by certifying the following documents that may be required:
  • legal name change documents: and
  • documents requiring translation into English or French. 
Legal Name Change Documents
If you have legally changed your name, then you will be required to provide a certified copy of:
  • a legal change of name document;
  • court order;
  • adoption order;
  • marriage certificate issued by civil authorities with your new name; or
  • a divorce decree with your new name.
Please note that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will not accept marriage and legal change of name certificates issued by the Government of Quebec prior to January 1, 1994.  If you have such a document, you must obtain a new document issued by the civil authorities in the province of Quebec dated on or after January 1, 1994.
Documents Requiring Translation into English or French
If any of the documents that you are required to submit with your application are not in English or French then you are required to provide the following:
  1. a certified copy of the document to be translated;
  2. the English or French translation of the document; and
  3. a signed translator's declaration that states: (i) the translator's name; (ii) the original language of the translated document; and (iii) a statement by the translator that the translation is accurate.
Preparing for your Appointment 
 Please prepare and bring the following to your appointment:
  • both the original and a copy of the legal name change document (if applicable); or
  • both the original and a copy of the document to be translated into English or French. 
Certified Copies for Permanent Resident Card Applications
For the first certifed copy
For each subsequent certifed copy during the same visit
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Legal Notice
Notary Services Ontario does not provide legal advice nor does it draft documents on behalf of a client.  Our services are limited to the notarization of documents, administering oaths, affirmations and solemn declarations, certification of copied documents and the witnessing of agreements.  The presentation of information on this page is not legal advice nor should it be relied on as such.  If you require legal advice or legal drafting services, we will gladly refer you to a lawyer in your area.
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