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Body-camera distance

The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.


Posture: Straight ahead

Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.



Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.

PR Card Photo - Size & Requirements

PR Card Photo
Width: 50 mm
Height: 70 mm
600 dpi
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Image definition parameters
Head height: 35 mm
Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 39 mm
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More about Permanent Resident Card Photo - Requirements

PR card photo guidelines

Do you know what you need to submit when you apply for a permanent resident card in Canada? You need to prepare some supporting documents and a passport-size photo. Follow our guide to find out what the exact PR photo specification is. Discover a Passport Photo Online tool that will help you to prepare your photograph for a PR card in an easy and quick way. You will also save money because your PR card photo will cost you just a fraction of the usual price!

PR card photo

To apply for your Permanent Resident card, you are required to attach a picture of yourself, taken during the last six months and showing your current appearance and facial features. If you are renewing your permanent residence in Canada, you must also submit a photo that shows how you currently look. In each case, you should supply 2 (two) identical and unaltered photographs - not submit two different photos, this will lead to your application being rejected. That is why it is highly recommended to verify if your PR photo is suitable before sending your form and copies of documents.

PR card photo specifications

There are some basic rules about PR photo size, compositional details, and technical specifications. Get familiar with them and use a special online photo tool to resize, crop, and adjust your Canada PR card photo.

Remember that only original photos printed in high quality photographic paper, that are not altered in any way or cut out of an existing photo will be accepted. You may attach a photo in color or black and white. Your image must be clear, sharp, and in focus, and the paper it is printed on must not be damaged or bent.

PR card photo size

According to the Canadian government, the required PR photo size is 

in millimeters:

  • 50 mm wide x 70 mm long.

in inches:

  • 2 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches long.

The photo must include the person’s head and shoulders. Head measured from the top of the applicant’s head to the chin must be between 31mm and 36mm (1 1/4 inches and 1 7/16 inches).

Permanent resident card photo requirements

There are some compositional rules you need to know:

  • your face must be positioned in the centre of the photograph,
  • image must be a close-up taken en-face (show the full front view of the candidate's head and shoulders),
  • you should not smile, a neutral facial expression is required,
  • your eyes must be open and mouth closed,
  • the light must be evenly distributed on your face,
  • no shadows and glares on the surface of your face are allowed,
  • you must look straight at the camera.

Colors in your Permanent resident card photo

You may attach a color or black and white photo - it is up to you. A background must be white, plain and clear. Avoid shadows or patterns too. If you have some trouble with obtaining a clear, white background, use an online photo editor to remove the background from your image. This photo tool will automatically change the background to the recommended color. Do not take a picture in white clothes, because a photograph must show a clear difference between the person’s clothing and the background. Photographs must represent your natural skin and eye colors. If you have a “red eye” effect in your picture, do not retouch it. Just take another photo without a flash lamp.

Other Canadian PR card photo requirements

  • Your eyes must be clearly visible, so if you wear glasses, there must be no glare in the glasses.
  • Sunglasses and tinted eyeglasses are not allowed.
  • Red eye alterations are unacceptable. Do not use any computer software to retouch it, just retake the photo.
  • You can have a head covering in your photo only if it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons. However, your full face must be clearly visible.
  • In case you use makeup, choose natural skin tones exclusively.
  • Shadows and flash reflections are not allowed. Lighting must be consistent on the face and background.

You can wear your business or casual clothes and have your hair how you like. A beard is allowed. Jewellery is not forbidden in the PR photo but it is better to take it off as it may obscure or cover your face (especially big earrings).

Photo for PR card - medical considerations


If you are in a wheelchair, you should place a plain white blanket behind your head because in the picture no other objects can be visible. But a much better idea is to go to take a photo with a backrest visible behind you and then just remove the background using an online photo service. Save your time and energy - we will make the background perfect for you!

Headwear or nasal cannula

You can wear head covering for medical purposes or a nasal cannula in your permanent resident photo – as long as your eyes remain clearly visible. You just need to submit a letter from your doctor explaining the situation.

Children and babies in Permanent resident card photos

Child photos must follow the same photo specifications as for adult candidates. For newborn babies, the PR photo may be taken while the child is sitting in a baby carrier. As in the case with a wheelchair, you may use a plain white blanket and put it behind the baby's head and shoulders, but an easier and quicker way is to use our photo background adjusting tool. Remember that the photo must show only the child's head and shoulders (child’s hands might not be visible either) - it can be difficult to hold newborn babies in a vertical position and your hands or torso may be seen. The tool that automatically removes the wrong background could be your only solution if you are a parent of a newborn.

Please keep in mind that your application will be rejected if your ID photos do not satisfy these specifications. Use a PR card photo tool, check if it is correct, and enjoy our acceptance warranty! All pictures prepared with us are guaranteed to be approved by the migration services!

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Last update: 2023-06-07

About the document

Permanent resident card 

Canadian Permanent resident card or Carte de Résident Permanent (in French) is an identification and travel document for not-Canadian citizens who are allowed to live and stay in the country. With a PR card permanent residents can prove their status during identity or immigration controls. This document allows its holder to return to Canada by a commercial carrier. Permanent residency in Canada is a status granting a foreigner wanting to live in this country the right to live and work without limits on the residency stay.


The PR card is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada. Remember that it is not automatically granted. There is an eligibility specification for permanent residency in Canada.

To be eligible for a PR card, you must:

  • not have a Canadian passport (not be citizen),
  • live in Canada,
  • meet the residency requirements,
  • not be under an effective removal order by immigration services,
  • not be a convicted felon of an offense related to the misuse of a PR Card.

Who needs a PR card?

There are some groups of people with citizenship other than Canadian who need a PR card to stay in Canada for a long period:

  • permanent residents and their families,
  • permanent workers and residents who want to leave and come back to Canada,
  • persons planning to return to Canada by any commercial transporter, such as a plane, train, boat or bus.

Remember: you must carry your PR card with you, otherwise you may not be able to board your flight, train, bus or boat to Canada.

It is your responsibility to make sure your PR card is valid at the moment of crossing the Canadian border, especially when you return from travel outside Canada. It is also your duty to apply for a new PR card before your current card expires.

PR card validity

Generally speaking, the Permanent resident card is valid for five years. However, it may be valid for one year and it is your responsibility to check it before applying.

The residency obligation is a minimum of 730 days every five years. That means that a cardholder must stay in Canada this period for not to lose the residency. If you lose your permanent residence during those 5 years because of travelling, you may have problems renewing your PR card. Be aware that if a Canada Borders Service Agency officer at the border considers that you do not meet the residence obligation, you will be reported to immigration authorities.In such a case you will be required to attend a hearing to determine your PR status.

A PR card's expiration date indicates a day when your PR card must be replaced. It has nothing to do with the end of your resident status. Just apply for a new card before an expiration date and confirm you still want to live in Canada.

Required PR card documents 

You need to know what documents to gather before applying for a PR card. You need a photocopy of one of the following:

  • your valid passport or
  • the passport or travel document you had when you became a permanent resident or
  • the certificate of identity or travel document issued by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or a foreign country.

AND 2 (two) identical printed photos taken in the last six months.

For children under the age of 18

A copy of the following documents:

  • a birth certificate,
  • submit legal documentation issued by a Canadian court which proves guardianship of the candidate or,
  • one photocopy of school records (report cards, transcripts, attendance records).

And 2 (two) pictures meeting PR requirements.

Then you need to fill out the application and submit indicated forms. Follow the step-by-step instructions and always provide accurate information. Keep in mind that it is a serious offence to give false or misleading personal information on these forms. The information you provide on your application may be verified.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

What is Canadian PR photo size?

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The photo size is 50 mm x 70 mm (2 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches long).

Is the PR photo card size the same as passport photo size?

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Yes, a standard Canadian passport size photo is also 50 x 70 mm, so you may use your photo for the passport application within the next six months.

Can I smile in my Canada PR photo?

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No. A neutral expression is required.

Those requirements are exactly the same as for your first PR card photo. Remember: if you are applying to renew a PR card, attach a new photo and a photocopy of your previous card with your application.

If your PR card was lost, stolen or completely destroyed, complete an adequate declaration and send it to the Card Processing Center.

If you didn’t receive it within 180 days of immigrating to Canada, contact the Card Processing Center.

Yes. Your Canadian PR card photo may be in color or black & white, as you like it.

You may check a photography studio in your neighborhood but this is not necessary as you can take your Permanent Residence photo wherever you want with your smartphone and adjust the picture to requirements with a special online photo tool. Get the perfect digital photo for your online application or get your printed photos straight to your home address in less than a week.

Not really as the proper head position and photograph’s angle is required. We recommend you to ask somebody else for a hand or use a tripod.

Applicants need to submit two identical and unaltered photos when applying for a PR card.

Yes, Canadian citizens are allowed to use your Permanent Resident card as identification. 

If you are in Canada, you might take a professionally printed PR card photo by attending a photography studio or a store having photo booth services available. Nevertheless, you may prefer taking your PR card photo from home in a couple of minutes thanks to an online photo editor. The acceptance of your picture would be 100% guaranteed.