Get a permanent resident card
You need a valid permanent resident (PR) card to prove you’re a permanent resident when you return to Canada from another country.
If your card has expired or expires in the next 9 months, renew it before you travel.
If you need it urgently, check to see if you qualify.
If you’re outside Canada without a valid PR card, apply for a permanent resident travel document.
It might take longer than normal to process your application. This could delay your return to Canada.
Natural hazards across Canada
Special measures are in place to help those affected by the recent wildfires and floods, including free replacement of passports, citizenship certificates, PR cards and immigration documents.
Special measures for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Iran or affected by the earthquakes in Syria and Türkiye
If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- currently in Iran, or
- who was affected by the earthquakes in Syria and Türkiye
You can apply for the following documents for free:
- Canadian passport
- Canadian citizenship certificate
- permanent resident travel document
Learn more about the special measures for
Services and information
How to get a PR card, permanent resident rights, losing or renouncing your permanent resident status
Eligibility, application forms and how to apply for, replace or renew a PR card
Submit or update your address to get your PR card
Eligibility, how to apply and why your name may be shortened
Photo size, what can and can’t be worn and who can take a photo
Eligibility and how to return to Canada without a valid PR card
Eligibility, processing times and how to apply if you are inside or outside Canada
Sponsorship, permanent resident and citizenship status by your identification number, name, date and place of birth
Use the travel journal to record your trips outside Canada
- Date modified: