Toronto Permanent Resident Card

How Can a Notary Public Help Me with My Permanent Resident Card Application?


Section G – Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor and Certification of Photograph

If you cannot find a guarantor, a notary public may administer the oath for the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor and have your photographs verified.

Be sure to complete your application but do not sign the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor prior to attending the notary public’s office.

What is a Permanent Resident Card?

The Permanent Resident Card is a status document that provides cardholders with secure proof of their permanent resident status when re-entering Canada following international travel.

The Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is required by people who have completed the Canadian immigration process and have obtained permanent resident status, but are not Canadian citizens.

Is a Permanent Resident Card Mandatory?

Yes, all permanent residents, including children, are required to have a Permanent Resident Card when returning to Canada by any commercial transporter (plane, train, boat, bus or taxi).

How Do I Get a Permanent Resident Card?

For more information about the Permanent Resident Card and the application process please visit the Canadian federal government at:

What is a Guarantor?

A guarantor is an individual who has known the applicant personally for at least 2 years and is a Canadian citizen living in Canada who is actively employed in one of the designated professions (i.e. dentist, medical doctor, lawyer).

What if I Do Not Have a Guarantor?

If you cannot find a guarantor then section G “Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor” of the Application for a Permanent Resident Card, must be completed.

You must declare this section before, and have it signed by, a qualified official who has the authority to administer an oath in Canada (i.e. a commissioner of oaths, notary public). The qualified official must also sign the back of one of your photographs.

You must present the official with photo-identity documents such as a passport, driver’s license or provincial photo-identity card to prove your identity and signature. You must list the documents that you presented to the official in the space provided in section G of the Application for a Permanent Resident Card. You must also write an explanation as to why you were unable to find a guarantor.

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