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.

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

  • flight
  • train
  • bus or
  • boat

to Canada. If you don’t, you may not be allowed to board.

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