Permanent resident travel document: How to apply

1. Get the application package

To apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD), you must submit a complete application package including all required forms and country or territory specific supporting documents.

The application package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

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, we will return it to you.

We cannot refund the fee after you have applied.

In your application, you will need to show that you have met the requirements to remain a permanent resident. You must submit a separate application with the correct fees for each person in your family who needs a travel document, regardless of their age.

You need to check the requirements for your country or territory

Before you apply, use the tool below to find out the requirements for the country or territory you’re applying from. It also has details on where to apply, as some VACs are still closed or can’t accept PRTD applications.

Get your forms and instructions on how to submit your application

Instruction guide

Checklist

Application form

Additional forms, if they apply


Country specific requirements

Visa Application Centre (VAC) – Additional documents required

Applies to:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Comoros Island
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Holy See
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia (Republic of)
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority (Gaza)
  • Palestinian Authority (West Bank)
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tahiti
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (Timor oriental)
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Türkiye
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • There are no extra documents for this country.

You can either apply online or you can submit your application to the closest visa application centre (VAC) and:

  • receive service in the local language
  • take advantage of their extended hours of service
  • track your application online
  • have the assurance that your application is complete and all the proper documentation is included


Canada – Additional documents required

  • There are no extra documents for this country.

A Permanent Resident Travel Document is required to return to Canada if you are outside Canada and do not have documents showing your permanent resident status. If you are a permanent resident currently in Canada, find out how you can apply for a new permanent resident card.


Peru – Additional documents required

  • a Peruvian Migration Record

You can either apply online or you can submit your application to the closest visa application centre (VAC) and:

  • receive service in the local language
  • take advantage of their extended hours of service
  • track your application online
  • have the assurance that your application is complete and all the proper documentation is included

Cuba – Additional documents required

  • There are no extra documents for this country.

You can either apply online or you can submit your application via drop box at the Embassy of Canada in La Havana in Cuba. In-person services are not available.

Address

Embassy of Canada
Calle 30 No. 518 (esq. 7ma)
Miramar (Playa)
Ciudad de la Habana
Cuba

Note: When submitting your application, please remember to:

  • Read the application guide before you apply.
  • Sign and date the application forms. If you are:
    • 18 years of age or older, sign and date in where shown,
    • less than 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign your form.
  • Include the last page of the form, which contains your unique barcodes.
  • Include all document and fees we asked for in the envelope.
Hours of operation

See the hours of operation on the Embassy of Canada to Cuba’s website.


China – Additional documents required

  • an ‘Inquiry of Exit & Entry Record’ from China showing the results for the period of 5 years prior to the date of the application. This document is obtained from the applicant’s local Public Security Bureau, for Chinese passport holders only. The document must be translated into English or French.

Apply online to get a permanent residence travel document.


United States – Additional documents required

  • There are no extra documents for this country.

You can either apply online or you can submit your application to the visa application centre (VAC) in Los Angeles and:

  • receive service in the local language
  • take advantage of their extended hours of service
  • track your application online
  • be assured that your application is complete and all the proper documents are included

The VAC in New York does not accept applications for PRTDs.


Syria – Additional documents required

  • There are no extra documents for this country.

You can either apply online or you can submit your application to the visa application centre (VAC) in Jordan or Lebanon. These locations are best suited to help you with your application.

By using a VAC you can:

  • receive services in the local language
  • take advantage of their extended hours of service;
  • have the assurance that your application is complete and all the proper documentation is included; and
  • track your application online.

Applying online – Additional documents required

Applies to:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zimbabwe
  • There are no extra documents for this country.

Apply online to get a permanent residence travel document.

2. Pay your application fees online

You must pay a processing fee when you apply for a PRTD and include your proof of payment (receipt) with either your paper or online application.

Find out how to pay your fees online.

3. Submit your application and supporting documents

If you apply online, you’ll submit all supporting documents through the permanent residence portal.

If you submit a paper application, you do need to follow your country or territory’s instructions for how and where to submit your application.

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