Apply for, renew or replace a PR card: How to apply

You can now apply online

As of January 15, 2024, you can apply online for a PR card.

You don’t need to apply for your first PR card. If we have your Canadian address and photo that meets IRCC photo specifications, we’ll mail your PR card to the address provided.

Make sure you’re eligible before applying. If you are, follow these steps to apply for a permanent resident (PR) card.

If your PR card isn’t ready before you leave Canada or if you’re outside Canada without a valid PR card, you must apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD). Once you return to Canada, apply for a PR card.

1. Get the application package

To apply for a permanent resident card, you must submit a complete application package including all required forms.

Use the guide to help you fill out the forms properly, pay your fees and submit your application. If your application is incomplete or missing information or documents, we’ll return it to you.

You must submit a separate application with the correct fees for each person in your family who needs a PR card, regardless of their age.

Instruction guide

Document checklist

Application form

Fill out the digital application form in the online portal.

If you can’t apply online

You can apply on paper if you can’t apply online and require accommodations, including for accessibility reasons. You must download the IMM 5444 form (opens in a new tab) and fill it out electronically. You must also validate the form before printing and signing it.

Additional forms, if they apply

2. Pay your application fees online

You must pay a processing fee of CAN$50 when you apply for a PR card and include your payment receipt with either your paper or online application.

We cannot refund the fee once the application is in process.

Pay your fees online

3. Submit your application

Before you submit your application, make sure you

If you apply online

Submit your application and all the required documents mentioned in the document checklist through the Permanent Residence Portal.

To apply online, sign in or create a Permanent Residence Portal account.

If you submit a paper application

While most applications will be online, you can submit a paper application in certain cases. If you submit a paper application, send your application and all the required documents mentioned in the document checklist to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

By mail:

Case Processing Centre — PR Card
P.O. Box 10020
Sydney, NS B1P 7C1

By courier:

Case Processing Centre – PR Card
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS B1P 5Z2

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