The PR Card: Proof of Permanent Resident Status in Canada
Permanent Residence in Canada is a status that allows individuals to live, work, and study in Canada on a permanent basis. It is a stepping stone toward Canadian citizenship.
A Permanent Resident (PR) Card serves as official documentation confirming your status as a permanent resident. The PR Card is typically valid for a five year period.
PR Cards are required for all Permanent Canadian residents who wish to travel abroad to be able to establish their identity at the Port of Entry and to re-enter Canada. We can assist you in the process of obtaining your card for the first time, or apply to extend your current one.
If you have spent a considerable amount of time outside of Canada since landing, especially in the past five years, you may need special counseling prior to applying to extend your PR Card.
Expired PR Card?
If your card has already expired, and you are outside of Canada, you need to know your rights! You would need to apply to get a Travel Document to reenter Canada, and at that point the Embassy or Visa Office abroad may make the decision to revoke your Permanent Residence status.
It is strongly recommended you consult with us prior to taking any action so you know your rights. You will also want to know if and how an appeal can be made, if you are eligible.
Applying for Your PR Card, Renewing, or Appealing a Residency Challenge?
When applying for a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) card, renewing an existing card, or appealing a residency challenge, it’s crucial to be aware of the latest immigration policies and procedures, as they may change over time.
Please fill out our Permanent Resident Card Assessment form below so we can assess your ability to obtain your Canadian Permanent Resident Card.
PR Card Summary
Here are some important points regarding the Canadian Permanent Resident card:
- The PR card is an official document that demonstrates your legal status as a permanent resident of Canada.
- The PR card serves as a travel document for permanent residents when re-entering Canada after traveling abroad. It is used in conjunction with a valid passport.
- Permanent residents need to ensure that their PR card remains valid. If your PR card is set to expire, you should apply for a renewal before it does.
- You must meet residency requirements to maintain your status. Generally, you are required to be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days within the last five years.
- The PR card is not a travel visa, and its primary purpose is to confirm your permanent resident status. It does not guarantee entry into other countries, and you may need to check and meet the visa requirements of other countries when traveling.