Apply for, renew or replace a PR card: About the process
If you want to leave Canada
Make sure you have your valid permanent resident (PR) card. You’ll need it to return to Canada by plane, train, bus or boat.
- Renew your PR card before leaving Canada.
- If you need your application processed urgently, check and see if you qualify.
Even if you qualify for urgent processing, we can’t guarantee that you’ll get your PR card on time. We can’t process PR card applications in less than 3 weeks.
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
PR card: $50
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How to return to Canada without a valid permanent resident (PR) card
If you leave, or have already left Canada without a valid PR card, you’ll need to apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD) to re-enter Canada.
It might take longer than normal to process your PRTD application. This could delay your return to Canada.
You need your valid PR card or PRTD when boarding a
- bus or
to Canada. If you don’t, you may not be allowed to board.
Top questions about the permanent resident card
- What happens if my PR card expires while I am outside Canada?
- I’m a new permanent resident of Canada. Do I need to apply for a PR card?
- How long will it take to process my PR card?
- I need to leave Canada and I do not have a PR card. Can I later re-enter Canada?
- How do I renew my permanent resident card?
- I have reclaimed my Indigenous name. How do I update my PR card?
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