Follow the steps below to submit an application for a Permanent Residency Card PR Card. Remember, if your PR Card application is incomplete, your application will be returned to you and result in some rather significant delays.
Only eligible individuals can submit an application for a PR Card. Remember, processing fees are non-refundable, so if you submit a PR Card application and you are not eligible, any payments made will not be refunded.
Permanent Residents to Canada must have a valid PR Card to be able to return to Canada by plane, train, bus or boat. If your PR Card is not valid, you may not be able to board.
Your PR Card must be valid. If it has expired, you must submit an application for a new one. Your status as a Permanent Residency is not dependent on the validity of your PR Card. However, it is your responsibility as a Permanent Resident to ensure that your PR Card is kept valid at all times.
Currently PR Card applications cost CAD50 and will take 93 days to process.
If you are a first time Permanent Resident (that is, you just arrived in Canada as a landed immigrant for the first time), you do not need to apply for a PR Card.
Your first PR Card will be sent to you once you have submitted your mailing address upon arriving in Canada.
Remember, you have 180 days from the date that you first arrive in Canada to submit your mailing address.
If you fail to submit your mailing address within 180 days upon arrival, you will then have to submit an application for a PR Card.
You’ll also be made to pay the CAD50 processing fee for the PR Card application.
To be eligible to apply for a PR Card, you must be a Permanent Resident. You will also have to submit your application in Canada.
If you are a Permanent Resident with an expired PR Card living outside Canada, you must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document PRTD at a Canadian Embassy or Consulate General in order to return to Canada.
You can only apply for a PR Card if you didn’t submit your mailing address within 180 days after you first arrived in Canada, if your PR Card is expired or is expiring within 9 months, if your PR Card is lost, damaged or destroyed or if you recently had a legal change of name and need to update your PR Card.
You will not be eligible to apply for a PR Card if you have been issued a Removal Order. Canadian citizens do not need a PR Card.
PR Cards are surrendered as part of the application process for Canadian citizenship.
PR Cards have a validity of 5 years. PR Cards are sent to Canadian mailing addresses only.
If there is a mistake on the PR Card that was sent to you, you must have it corrected and replaced with a new PR Card.
Names may be abbreviated to fit the space available on the PR Card.
If your PR Card was lost, stolen or destroyed while you are in Canada, you must fill out an online form, indicating the circumstances of the loss or damage of your PR Card.
If you are outside of Canada, you must submit an application for a Permanent Resident Travel Document to return to Canada. When you have returned to Canada, then you can apply for a new PR Card.
First, you have to get an application package. The PR Card application package will include everything you’ll need to submit a complete application.
Read the guide thoroughly to make sure you submit a complete package. Incomplete applications will be returned and cause significant delays.
If you applying to renew your PR Card, you must keep your present PR Card and submit a photocopy together with your application.
If your PR Card was damaged, or if there is incorrect information on your PR Card, you have to send your original PR Card together with the application.
You must also submit the following:
A copy of your present, valid passport and the passport that you had when you first submitted your application for Permanent Residency.
Two photos that follow the appropriate format for PR Card applications.
Other valid documents as indicated in the document checklist.
A copy of the receipt of payment made for the processing fee.
A copy of the Solemn Declaration if your PR Card was lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you didn’t receive your first PR Card 180 days after first arriving in Canada.
Make the payment for your PR Card application, print out the receipt and include the receipt with your application.
Submit your PR Card application, making sure you answer all the questions, affixing your signature to all the appropriate fields, including your receipt of payment and include all supporting documents.
If you are going to send your PR Card application by Canada Post, you must address it to:
Case Processing Centre — PR Card
P.O. Box 10020
SYDNEY, NS B1P 7C1
If you are using a courier, send your PR Card application to:
Case Processing Centre – PR Card
49 Dorchester Street
Processing times start after your complete PR Card application is received. If your PR Card application is incomplete, it will be returned to you, causing delays in your application.
If your PR Card application is approved, you will be sent a new PR Card. In some cases, you may be asked to pick up your PR Card, in which case you will have to bring your valid passport and the originals of the documents you submitted as part of your PR Card application.
If you are asked to pick up your PR Card, you have 180 days to do so. If you don’t pick up your PR Card, it will be destroyed and you will have to apply for a new one.
If it was mailed to you and you have not received it within 180 days, you must submit a Solemn Declaration.
In case you have a change of address after submitting your PR Card application, you must submit your new mailing address to ensure receipt of your new PR Card.
If you receive your new PR Card and you are still in possession of your old PR Card, destroy the old PR Card but cutting it in half.
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