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Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

Version of section 56 from 2006-03-22 to 2008-06-04:


Marginal note:Definition

  •  (1) In this section, guarantor means a Canadian citizen who is chosen by an applicant, resides in Canada, has known the applicant for at least two years and is

    • (a) a dentist, a medical doctor or a chiropractor;

    • (b) a judge, a magistrate or a police officer serving in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or a provincial or municipal police force;

    • (c) in the Province of Quebec, a lawyer or a notary and, in any other province, a barrister or solicitor;

    • (d) a mayor;

    • (e) a minister of religion authorized under the laws of a province to perform marriages;

    • (f) a notary public;

    • (g) an optometrist;

    • (h) a pharmacist;

    • (i) a postmaster;

    • (j) a principal of a primary or secondary school;

    • (k) an accountant who is a member in good standing of an institute or association of accountants incorporated by or under an Act of the legislature of a province;

    • (l) a professional engineer;

    • (m) a senior administrator in a community college, including a CEGEP in the province of Quebec;

    • (n) a senior administrator or a teacher in a university; or

    • (o) a veterinarian.

  • Marginal note:Application for a card

    (2) An application for a permanent resident card must be made in Canada and include

    • (a) an application form that contains the following information, namely,

      • (i) the applicant’s name and date and place of birth,

      • (ii) the applicant’s gender, height and eye colour,

      • (iii) the date on which and the place where the applicant became a permanent resident,

      • (iv) the applicant’s mailing address,

      • (v) the addresses of all of the applicant’s places of residence during the previous five years,

      • (vi) the names and addresses of the applicant’s employers and educational institutions attended, during the previous five years,

      • (vii) the periods during the previous five years that the applicant was absent from Canada,

      • (viii) the name, address and telephone number of the applicant’s guarantor,

      • (ix) whether a report under subsection 44(1) of the Act has been made in respect of the applicant or whether a decision was made outside of Canada that they have failed to comply with the residency obligation under section 28 of the Act, and

      • (x) whether the applicant has lost their permanent resident status or has been issued a removal order;

    • (b) subject to subsection (3), a declaration on the application form that is signed by the guarantor and states that

      • (i) they know the applicant personally,

      • (ii) they confirm the identity of the applicant, and

      • (iii) to the best of their knowledge and belief, the information on the form is true and accurate;

    • (c) a copy of

      • (i) any document described in paragraphs 50(1)(a) to (h) — or, if the applicant does not hold one of those documents, any document described in paragraphs 178(1)(a) and (b) — that is currently held by the applicant or was held by the applicant at the time they became a permanent resident,

      • (ii) a certificate of identity issued in Canada to the applicant by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, or

      • (iii) refugee travel papers issued in Canada to the applicant by the Minister of Foreign Affairs;

    • (d) a copy of

      • (i) the form IMM1000, entitled “Record of Landing”, held by the applicant,

      • (ii) a provincial driver’s license held by the applicant,

      • (iii) a photo-identity card held by the applicant and issued by a province,

      • (iv) a student card held by the applicant and issued by a provincially accredited college or university, or

      • (v) the most recent notice of assessment within the meaning of the Income Tax Act received in relation to the applicant’s income tax return; and

    • (e) two identical photographs that

      • (i) were taken not more than 12 months before the application was made,

      • (ii) are signed by the guarantor,

      • (iii) are in black and white or colour on paper,

      • (iv) show a full front view of the applicant’s head and shoulders and have a white background,

      • (v) have a view of the applicant’s head that is at least 25 mm (one inch) and at most 35 mm (1.375 inches) in length,

      • (vi) show the applicant’s face unobscured by sunglasses or any other object, and

      • (vii) have a dimension of 35 mm (1.375 inches) by 45 mm (1.75 inches).

  • Marginal note:Applicant without guarantor

    (3) An applicant who is unable to provide a guarantor’s declaration must include a statutory declaration in which the applicant states that they are unable to provide a guarantor’s declaration and gives the reasons for being unable to do so.

  • SOR/2004-167, s. 16
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