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Resident Card

PR Card

Sample of Permanent Resident Card


The Permanent Resident Card (PR Card), wallet-sized, plastic card. People who have completed the Canadian immigration process and have obtained permanent resident status, but are not Canadian citizens can apply for the Card.

Security features of the new PR Card will simplify the screening process of permanent residents when boarding a commercial carrier going to Canada. The Card also increases Canada's border security and improves the integrity of Canada's immigration process.

Get a permanent resident card

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The permanent resident card (PR card) is the official proof that you are a permanent resident of Canada. You use this wallet-sized plastic card to show you can enter and stay in Canada when you return from another country.

You must show this card when you re-enter Canada on a commercial vehicle, such as an airplane, boat, train or bus. If you return to Canada in a private vehicle, such as your car, there are other documents you can use.

If you plan to leave Canada, check your cardís expiry date to make sure that it will still be valid when you return. Most cards are valid for five years.

If you do not plan to leave Canada, you do not need the card.

You may also need a passport to re-enter Canada. Please see the Canadian Border Services Agency website for the documents you will need at the border.

Learn when to get a PR card

If you are immigrating as a permanent resident, CIC will mail your card to you when you get to Canada. You do not need to apply for a card.

You may want to apply for a PR card if:

  • you did not get one when you immigrated to Canada,

  • you have one that has expired or will soon expire, or

  • your card was lost, stolen or damaged.

Determine your eligibility

Make sure you are eligible to apply for a PR card.

Apply for a new or replacement card

Find out what you need to do to apply for a PR card. This application can be for your first card, to renew a card or to replace one.

You can also apply for urgent processing if:

  • you will travel outside Canada very soon, and

  • you do not have a PR card, it has expired or will expire soon.

There is a different process to fix a mistake or make a change to your PR card.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.

You can also view the service standard when you immigrate to Canada. This standard shows how quickly we should be able to process applications.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you apply for your PR card.

Check application status

Find the status of your application online.


Who is Eligible for a PR Card Renewal?

Individuals eligible to apply for Permanent Resident Card renewal must be permanent residents within Canada who would like to apply for:

  • an initial (first) PR Card

  • renewal of a PR Card that has or will soon expire or

  • replacement of a PR Card that has been lost, stolen or damaged.

Eligibility Criteria for a Permanent Resident Card:

The applicant

  • must be a permanent resident of Canada

  • must be physically present in Canada

  • should not be under an effective removal order

  • should not be a Canadian citizen or a registered Indian under the Indian Act, and

  • should not be convicted of an offense related to the misuse of a Permanent Resident Card.

How to Apply for a PR Card Renewal

The application process to renew a PR Card for Canada requires individuals to file form IMM 5444 and submit the required documents in order to replace the card that has expired or will soon expire. Lost, stolen, destroyed or expired immigration documents issued by the Government of Canada can be replaced. To have a PR Card renewed, individuals must complete an application and pay the applicable processing fee.

There is no need to contact the CIC if your card has expired (or is due to expire).

Documents required with your application:

  • Your Permanent Resident Card (if your card has expired). If it is due to expire, you can keep it with you and return it to the CIC officer at a local CIC office when you go to collect your new card.

  • A copy of your valid passport or travel document, or a copy of the passport or travel document you held at the time you became a permanent resident. Please note that if photocopies are not clear, your application will be returned to you.

  • Photos. Consult the Photo Specifications Appendix in the guide for more information. If your photos do not meet the requirements, they will not be accepted.

  • Any other identity documents specified in the Document Checklist (which will be part of the application kit).

  • Remember to include the Supplementary Identification Form (IMM 5455).

What Are the Steps in the PR Card Renewal Process?

  1. Complete your application quickly and accurately, with our easy-to-use Form NavigatorTM technology.

  2. Pay the government filing fee online.

  3. Gather your supporting documents and submit them with your application to CIC.

  4. Upon approval of your application, report to the local CIC office to collect your card.

Applying for a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)
Initial PR Card Application, Replacement of a PR Card, Renewal of a PR Card

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