A permanent resident (aka landed immigrant) is a person who has been granted permanent resident status after immigrating to Canada. Permanent residents are not Canadian citizens; they are citizens of other countries. A person residing in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident. Refugees become permanent residents through the Government-Assisted Refugee Program or the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Someone who makes a refugee claim in Canada does not immediately become a permanent resident. To do so, the Immigration and Refugee Board must approve their claim before they can apply for and get permanent resident status.
Fingerprinting for Permanent Resident or Landed Immigrant Status
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires a Certified Criminal Record Check from the RCMP as part of the application process for obtaining Permanent Resident Status in Canada. This can only be completed by having fingerprints taken. Gambit ID makes this process simple and effortless by:
- Capturing the required digital fingerprints and photo.
- Sending the results of the record check directly to the Citizenship official at IRCC or applicant’s home address.
About your appointment
What to bring
- Two (2) pieces of government issued identification, one of which must be a primary ID.
- If provided, the letter issued by IRCC requesting fingerprints.
- Any other paperwork that may assist the process.
The following types of ID are acceptable as primary identification:
- Driver's License (issued by Canadian Province or Territory)
- Record of Landing
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Canadian Permanent Resident Card
- Work or Study Permit
- Certification of Indian Status
- Firearms Possession and Acquisition License
- Canadian National Institute of the Blind Identification Card
- Federal/ Provincial/ Municipal Identification Card
- Military Family Identification Card
The following are acceptable as secondary identification:
- Health Card
- Birth Certificate
- Baptismal Certificate
- Hunting License
- Fishing License
- Marriage License
- Hospital Card
- Immigration Papers
- Union Membership Card
- Private Industry Employee Identification Cards
- SIN cards are NOT an acceptable form of ID.
- All identification must be current and not expired.
What to expect
Upon arrival, you will register at the reception desk where you will be required to provide two pieces of government-issued ID and some basic contact information. When a technician becomes available, you will be escorted into our secure room where your fingerprinting will be completed. The entire process should take approximately 10 minutes if your appointment was scheduled in advance.