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
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.
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
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
Determine your eligibility
Make sure you are
apply for a PR card.
Apply for a new or replacement card
Find out what you need to do
apply for a PR card.
This application can be for your first card, to renew a card or to
You can also apply for
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
fix a mistake or make a change to your
Check processing times
Find out how long it will take
process your application.
You can also view the
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
status of your application
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.
Criteria for a Permanent Resident Card:
must be a permanent resident
must be physically present
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
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
Remember to include the
Supplementary Identification Form (IMM 5455).
What Are the Steps in the PR Card Renewal
your application quickly and accurately, with our easy-to-use Form
the government filing fee online.
Gather your supporting
documents and submit them with your
application to CIC.
Upon approval of your
application, report to the local CIC office to
collect your card.