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PR Card FAQ
Every Canadian permanent resident who is not yet a citizen should hold a valid
PR Card. PR cards for newly landed immigrants are issued by
Immigration Canada (CIC) upon arrival. CIC are also responsible for dealing with
lost, stolen or damaged PR Cards.
What is a PR Card?
The PR Card stands for Permanent Resident Card. It is formal proof of your legal
resident status in Canada.
I became a permanent resident of Canada in 2000. I understand that the PR
card has changed since then. Should I apply for a new one?
Yes. If you were granted permanent resident status before June 28, 2002 you
should apply for a new PR Card.
I do not have a PR Card but I do have a Record of Landing. Am I still a legal
Yes. Your status as a permanent resident in Canada is still legal, but you
should apply for a PR Card. You will need your Record of Landing to do this and
you should keep your Record of Landing in a safe place once you receive your PR
How long does it take to get a PR Card?
If you are already a landed immigrant and want to apply for a replacement PR
card it takes 220 calendar days. If you are a new permanent resident awaiting
your first PR card it will take 30 business days.
How long do I have to stay in Canada to keep my permanent resident status?
You must reside in Canada for a minimum of 2 years in a 5 year period. If you
leave Canada you may not be admitted entry on your return if you have violated
the two year rule.
What happens if I return to my home country for an extended leave and my PR
card expires whilst I am outside Canada?
You must contact a
Canadian visa office in the country where you are staying.
They will issue you with a permanent resident travel document, which will allow
you to enter into Canada. You may not be admitted into the country if you do not
have this document. Once you return to Canada you should renew your PR Card.
Do my children need a PR Card?
Yes if they were not born in Canada. Every member of the family regardless of
age needs a PR Card. If you leave the country and your children do not have
their own PR Cards, they may be denied entry. If you are a permanent resident
and your children were born in Canada they automatically qualify for citizenship
and must have a Canadian passport to re-enter Canada.
I am applying for Canadian Citizenship. What should I do with my PR Card when
I become a citizen?
When you are granted Canadian citizenship, your PR Card will be cancelled and
you should apply for a Canadian passport.
How will I receive my PR Card?
If you have applied for a first-time PR Card your card will be sent to you by
mail. However if you are already a Canadian permanent resident applying for a
replacement PR Card you must collect the card in person from your nearest
office so that your identity can be confirmed. When your card is ready your
local office will send you a letter asking you to book an appointment to collect
Do I need to show my PR Card at the border when I return from the US?
Yes. You must show your PR Card to the border official whenever you re-enter
Canada regardless of which country you have been to.
How can I become a Canadian Permanent Resident?
There are two ways you can gain permanent residence in Canada: If you already
reside legally in Canada on a temporary visa you can apply for PR status.
Alternatively if you do not live in Canada you can apply for permanent residence
under one of Canada’s immigration classes.
My PR Card has been stolen, what should I do?
You must contact the Citizenship and Immigration Call Center immediately and
inform them of the theft. You should also inform the police. You must fill out
an application form for a new card and pay the $50 application fee.
How much does it cost to get a PR Card?
It costs CDN $50 to replace or renew a PR Card. If you are applying to immigrate
to Canada the cost of your PR Card will be included in your visa application
fee. All new immigrants are issued with a PR Card after landing in Canada.
I need to replace my PR Card immediately. How can I do this without waiting?
You need to fill out an application form and include proof that you have paid
the PR Card fee and a copy of your travel tickets with your application. The
envelope containing your application should be labelled ‘Urgent—Proof of travel
included.’ As long as you follow these steps a processing agent will review your
application on an urgent basis.
I sent in my application months ago. How can I track the status of my PR
Check the ‘received up to’ date posted on the
CIC website. In the section marked
‘Existing Permanent Residents,’ you can view the date of the applications being
reviewed. If you sent your application in before the date posted on the website,
you should fax CIC on 514-496-8670. Include the following information on your
- Your confirmation number, which you should have received when you sent in your
- Details of the company used to send your application and the date it was sent
- Your full name, date of birth, home address, email address and phone number
How do I pay the PR Card fee?
You must pay the fee in Canadian dollars. You can pay in one of two ways:
- Online with one of the following credit cards; Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
- In person at a financial institution. You must first obtain form IMM5401 from the
CIC call center.
Where can I find the PR Card application form?
You can call the CIC call center and order one to be sent to your mailing
address, or you can
download a PR Card application online.
What documents must I submit with my PR Card application?
You must include the following documents as part of your application. Failure to
do so will result in your application being delayed:
- If an existing PR Card has expired, or if the information on it needs
changing, you must include your PR Card with your application form.
- A clear copy of your valid passport and a copy of the ID page in the passport
you had when you arrived in Canada.
- Two photos taken according to the
CIC photo guidelines.
Do PR Cards expire?
Yes. A PR Card has an expiry date, but this does not mean you permanent
residence in Canada is terminated when the card expires. As long as you have not
violated any of Canada’s immigration laws and you have lived in Canada for 2 out
of a five year period, you can renew you PR card.
Do I need a PR Card if I hold IMM 1000 Record of Landing?
Yes. IMM 1000 can no longer be used for returning to Canada. You must either
apply for a PR Card or a Temporary Travel Document to re-enter the country.
I have a PR card and Certificate of Identity (Brown Book). Do I need a visa
to France or visa to any European country? Does the Consulate for France in
Toronto accept this Brown document? Awaiting your reply. Thank you.
If you your Certificate of
Identity qualifies as an 'International Certificate of Identity' in accordance
with the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Statless Persons then you can
enter Europe without a visa for up to 90 days but you should contact the
consulate of the country you are wishing to visit before attempting to travel
Is it important for children to receive their PR card in their presence in
To be eligible for a PR Card, you must physically be present in Canada
If you are currently outside of Canada and do not have a valid PR Card to return
to Canada, you will need to obtain a travel document from a Canadian visa office
I am a permanent resident of Canada to apply for the Fast Card do I need to
have a US visa or my passport is enough to apply.
Under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, FAST members who are
Canadian or U.S. citizens can use their FAST membership card as an alternative
document to the passport when entering the United States by land or water.
Permanent residents of Canada or the United States still require a passport and
visa (if applicable) to enter the United States.
Please visit the following site to see if you need to apply for a US Visa:
If I have Permanent resident permit in Canada since 1 year only and my child
is born in Canada. Does my child automatically gets Canadian citizenship and can
I change my status from PR to Canadian citizenship Thanks?
Your child is a Canadian Citizen by birth right. If you have not done so already
you would need to register your baby’s birth. A birth certificate will then be
issued by the province or territory in which your baby was born. It is also
recommended you apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card for your child.
To apply for your own Canadian Citizenship, you must have permanent resident
status in Canada, and that status must not be in doubt (for example; you must
not be subject to any immigration investigation). You must have lived in Canada
for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years before applying.
Hello I am applying for PR card from within Canada as Convention refugee. My
passport expired last year. Will that be a problem? I have my interview to
finalize my PR process but my passport expired last year. Will that be OK?
To apply for permanent residence as ‘Convention Refugee’, you can apply with
your expired passport. Please take your expired passport to your interview.
I just lost my PR card how long does it take to get a replacement and will
the replacement card in lieu of the lost card get mailed to my address?
To apply for a replacement PR Card you first need to contact Government of
Canada and report it lost, 1-888-242 2100
To start the process you need to obtain the application form through CIC’s
website, and you must order the Supplementary Order Form (IM5455). You need to
gather all required documents and pay the appropriate fee. When the card is
ready CIC will send a letter advising you to pick up your card. You must report
to your local CIC office to collect your card.
Currently normal processing time is 5-6 months. If you require the card urgently
you need proof of urgency (for example; a travel itinerary) and processing time
is 3-4 weeks.
Hi I would like to find out if I can apply for a new PR card from outside of
Canada by mail and then return to Canada to pick up my card in person. It will
expire in April 2012. We do meet the 730 days in Canada for the last 5 years and
will be returning to Canada permanently in 2013. Sincerely yours.
You must physically be present in Canada to apply for PR Card renewal.
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