Application for a Permanent Resident Card (PR card) or Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) [IMM 5444]

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1 – Applicant Situation

Please choose the option that describes your current situation in order to be directed to the relevant application form to complete.

Choose the option that describes your current situation and what you are applying for:

  • I am in Canada but may be travelling soon

    • Choose if you are applying for a PRTD or a PR card.

    Note: If you are travelling within the next three weeks, you may want to apply for a PRTD as a PR card will take longer to be issued.

  • I am in Canada with no travel plans
    • You’ll apply for a PR card.
  • I am outside Canada

1.1 – Choose the option that applies to you:

Applying for a PR card

Choose only one (1) option:

  • get your first PR card (you have not been issued one before) or
  • renew your present PR card (your current PR card has or will expire) or
  • replace a PR card that was lost, stolen, destroyed or never received.

 Important: Do not apply for a renewal of your current PR card if it is still valid for more than nine (9) months (270 days), unless your legal name has changed. Otherwise, your application will be returned.

Applying for a PRTD

Choose only one (1) option:

  • my PR card was lost, stolen or damaged
  • I do not have a valid PR card

Note: You may apply for a PRTD within Canada, however, it cannot be issued unless you are outside Canada. Although there are no standard processing times, we strongly recommend you apply within 3 weeks of your travel date to ensure your application is not withdrawn.

If your travel plans change, you must notify us immediately via the IRCC web form so that your application can be reviewed and/or withdrawn.

1.2 – UCI number

Write your Unique Client Identifier (UCI) in the box at the top right hand corner. Your UCI is an 8 or 10 digit reference number that appears on all correspondence you receive from IRCC. You can also find your UCI on your old PR Card (if you have one). For more information, see Where can I find my UCI?

1.3 – Language of correspondence

Would you like service (correspondence, interview) in English or in French?

1.4 – Date you became a PR in Canada

Write the date you became a permanent resident of Canada. You can find this on your Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688).

1.5 – Place you became a PR in Canada

Write the city and province in Canada, where you became a permanent resident. If your Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) form shows the name of a port of entry (the airport or a border crossing where you became a permanent resident), provide the name of the port of entry as shown on the form.

2 – Personal Details

2.1 – Full name

Write your last name (surname or family name) and given names as they appear on your:

  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000),
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688), or
  • last permanent resident card (include a photocopy of your last PR Card in your application).

2.2 – Current name

Write your current last name (surname or family name) and given names, if different from question 2.1.

 Important: You must provide supporting documents for any change in your name. See: “Legal change of name document” in the Gather Documents section of the instruction guide.

Note: This name will appear on your PR card. If you are applying for a PRTD and have changed your name, please ensure your passport reflects the new name. The name on your passport will appear on your PRTD.

2.3 – Physical Characteristics

Gender: Select one (1) option to identify if you are F-Female, M-Male or X-Another gender.

Note: If you are applying for a replacement/renewal PR card and choose to change your gender to ‘X - Another gender,’ you need to complete the Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier (IRM 0002) (opens in a new tab)  and send it with your application.

If you are applying for a PR card, you will also need to provide:

  • Eye Colour: Select the colour of your eyes from the drop down menu. If you have two different eye colours, select the colour of your right eye. If your eyes have a mix of colours, select the closest match from the list.
  • Height: Write your height in centimeters.

2.4 – Birth Information

Date of Birth: Select your date of birth.

Country of territory of birth: Select the name of your country or territory of birth.

2.5 – Citizenship

Select the name of your country (or countries or territories) of citizenship. If you are a citizen of more than one country, list your other country of citizenship in the second space.

2.6 – Address in Canada (required only for PR card applicants)

Write the full address where you live in Canada with the postal code.

2.7 – Mailing address (required only for PR card applicants)

Write your mailing address, with the postal code, if different from your address in question 2.6.

All correspondence will be sent to this address if different from question 2.6 and if an e-mail address is not provided in your application.

Note: Your PR Card will be sent to your residential address (the address where you live). PR Cards will only be mailed to post office (PO) boxes if this is your residential mailing address. It is important to note that PR cards will not be mailed to third party addresses (e.g. representatives, family members). If you do not provide your residential address, processing will be delayed.

2.8 – Address outside Canada (required only for PRTD applicants)

Write the full address where you live outside Canada.

2.9 – Phone number

Tell us where you can be reached by telephone.

2.10 – Alternate phone number

If applicable, provide an alternative telephone number, which can include a business or cellular telephone.

2.11 – Email address

Provide an email address where you can be contacted.

Note: By providing your e-mail address, you are authorizing IRCC to send your correspondence to this e-mail.

2.12 – Marital status

Select from the drop down menu to identify your current marital status.

2.13 – Date of marriage/common-law

If you selected married or common-law, provide the date you were married or entered into a common-law relationship.

3 – Immigration History

Check one (1) box, for questions 3.1 - 3.5.

3.1 – Removal order

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to tell us if you have ever been issued a removal order from Canada.

3.2 – Inadmissibility report

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to tell us if an immigration officer or a Canadian Border Service Agency officer has ever issued you an inadmissibility report under Subsection 44(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or has made the decision that you have not met the residency obligations for Canadian permanent residents.

3.3 – Lost PR status

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to tell us if you have ever lost your status as a PR of Canada.

3.4 – Appeal to Immigration and Refugee Board

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to tell us if you have ever submitted an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board against a decision on the residency obligation.

3.5 – Travel documents

Check the box to tell us if you have ever been issued one of the following documents:

  • Travel document
  • PRTD

3.6 – Travel documents (details)

If you answered Yes to any of the questions from 3.1-3.5, use the space provided to write down details for each answer.

Note: If additional space is required, please include a separate document.

4 – Personal History

4.1 – Address history

Your Address History: You must list all the addresses you have lived at, inside and outside Canada for the past five (5) years, or since becoming a permanent resident if less than five (5) years ago. You must account for each month during this time. Please ensure you list your addresses from the most recent address (your current address) to the oldest.

Note: If additional space is required, please include a separate document.

4.2 – Work/educational history

Your Work/Educational History: You must list all your work and educational history inside and outside Canada for the past five (5) years or since becoming a permanent resident if less than five (5) years ago. Please ensure you list your work and educational activities from the most recent (current) to the oldest.

You must account for each month during this time:

  • If you have not worked or studied, please complete the activity column with whichever activity applies to you (volunteering, homemaker, retired, unemployed etc.) You may provide additional information in the employer column such as name of volunteering or organization.
    • If you were self-employed, you must provide details of your self-employment.

Note: If additional space is required, please include a separate document.

Stating “not applicable” (or “N/A”), or leaving a question blank may result in your application being returned as incomplete.

5 – Residency Obligation – Time Spent Outside Canada

5.1 – Travel outside Canada

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to identify if you travelled or lived outside Canada in the past five years.

If you answered No, you will move on to the next question 5.7.

5.2 – Employment outside Canada

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to tell us if you have been employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business outside Canada or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province, while you were absent from Canada.

5.3 – Accompanying Canadian citizen spouse outside Canada

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to tell us if you have been accompanying a Canadian citizen who is your spouse, common-law partner, or in the case of a child, your parent, while you were absent from Canada.

Note: Please provide proof of this persons Canadian citizenship and relationship to you as supporting documents.

5.4 – Accompanying Canadian PR spouse outside Canada

Check one (1) box, Yes or No, to tell us if you have been accompanying a PR who is your spouse, common-law partner, or in the case of a child, your parent, and who is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business outside Canada or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province, while you were absent from Canada.

5.5 – Time spent outside Canada

You must list all your absences from Canada in the past five (5) years, or since becoming a permanent resident if less than five (5) years ago, in the table provided. List the reasons for your absences from Canada based on the situations A to C. If none of these situations apply to you, select Other and provide a reason for absence which may include, vacations, absences due to employment that does not pertain to a Canadian business, and any other time you left Canada. Please ensure you list your absences in order from the most recent travel to the oldest.

Period to be assessed:

The date in the “From” field should be the date from the past five (5) years preceding this application or since becoming a permanent resident if less than five (5) years ago.

The date in the “To” field, should be the date when you sign and submit your application form.

Note: If additional space is required, please include a separate document.

Your reason for absence must be one of the following options:

A: You have been employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province.

B: You have been accompanying a Canadian citizen who is your spouse or common-law partner or, in the case of a child, your parent.

C: You have been accompanying a PR who is your spouse or common-law partner or, in the case of a child, your parent and who is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province.

Other: employment, studying, vacation, etc.

Note: If reasons A, B, or C apply to only a portion of your trip outside of Canada, and you were also abroad for a separate reason, please indicate this absence as two separate lines in the table. Do not enter any time you spent in transit while travelling through Canada. This does not count as travelling outside of Canada.

For example: John Doe travelled from Canada to United Kingdom, France and Italy in the past five years and for his time in Italy he was accompanying his Canadian spouse. This is how he would input his travel history.

From To Your location(s) (city, country/territory) Reason for absence If “Other” please add Reason Days
2018/01/01 2018/01/15 London, United Kingdom Other Vacation 12
2020/01/01 2020/01/15 Paris, France Other Vacation 12
2020/01/15 2021/01/15 Rome, Italy B   364

Note: The day you departed and returned to Canada counts towards your residency as days you were in Canada, as such, those days will be excluded from the days counted towards the time you spent outside of Canada.

Enter the correct number of days you were absent from Canada, as a processing officer will exclude the day you departed and returned to Canada when processing your application.

Important:

If your total time spent outside Canada is less than 1095 days, you appear to meet the residency requirements.

If your total time spent outside Canada excluding reasons A, B or C, is equal to 1095 days or more, you may not meet the residency requirements.

If you have time spent outside of Canada as per situations B and C, please complete question 5.6 to provide the relationship of this person to you and their immigration status.

You may wish to proceed to question 5.7 to include any other information related to your personal circumstances that you feel would justify the retention of your PR status, if you appear to not be meeting your residency obligation. See Appendix A for more information on meeting the residency obligation.

5.6 – Spouse/partner details

Please provide details of the spouse or common law partner or parent that you have been accompanying. You must include with your supporting documents, a copy of proof of your relationship and the persons immigration status.

5.7 – Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

Use this space to provide any humanitarian and compassionate considerations that would justify the retention of your PR status should an officer determine that you do not meet the residency obligation,

Refer to the instruction guide for more information.

6 – Details Concerning Lost, Stolen, Damaged or Never Received Permanent Resident Card

Fill out this section only if you are applying to replace a lost, stolen, damaged or never received permanent resident card.

If you are applying to replace your damaged card, please send your damaged PR card with your application.

6.1 – PR card number

Provide your PR card number, if known.

6.2 – Date of issue

Provide the date of issue found on your PR card, if known.

6.3 – Status of PR card

Tell us if your PR card was lost, stolen, damaged or never received and provide the date and country or territory, if known.

6.4 – PR card (details)

In the space provided, share as much detail as possible regarding the circumstances of your PR card.

6.5 – Efforts to locate PR card

If you have lost your PR card, use the space provided to share the efforts you made to locate your PR card.

6.6 – Declaration (promise to destroy)

Check the box to confirm you have read and understood the declaration pertaining to the information you provided for your PR card.

Consent to Disclose Information

History of Entries to Canada and income tax information and filing history: If you authorize us to collect the history of your entries into Canada from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), check ‘Yes.’ If you check ‘No,’ you may need to ask for your history of entries directly from the CBSA and send it to us, which could result in processing delays.

Check “Yes” and provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) if you authorize IRCC to ask for your income tax and residency information for any taxation years needed to help the department determine if you meet the residency obligation as set out in Section 28 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

If you check ‘No’:

  • you may need to ask for your income tax and residency information directly from the CRA, or
  • your application may be sent to a local office for further review.

Either outcome may result in processing delays.

Declaration of Applicant

Read the declaration. Sign and date the application form.

  • If you are less than 14 years of age: one of your parents or a legal guardian must sign the application.
  • If you are 14 years of age or more but less than 18 years of age: Your application must be signed by you and one of your parents or a legal guardian.

 Important information: Your application will be returned to you as incomplete if:

  • the form is not signed and dated;
  • your application is stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before we receive it;
  • post-dated (dated into the future); or
  • your application form contains electronic signatures. It must be signed and completed in original format.

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