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Every Canadian permanent resident who is not yet a citizen should hold a valid PR Card. PR cards for newly landed immigrants are issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) upon arrival. CIC are also responsible for dealing with lost, stolen or damaged PR Cards.

How to get a new PR Card:

  • Complete the application form
  • Gather your documents:
    • Your passport
    • Your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) or Record of Landing
    • PR Card
    • Canadian ID (Driver’s License for example)
    • CRA Notice of Assessment
  • Make photocopies of your documents
  • Pay the Fee
  • Submit application and photocopies to IRCC
  • Get your PR Card in the mail
I am a convention refugee. Received PR, and my PR card expiry date is same as my seized passport (CBSA), which is just over 2 years. Why did I not get PR that is valid for 5 years? Do I need to worry?

Your PR status shouldn’t be conditional. As long as you comply with the residence requirement there should be no issues. Just renew your PR card when it expires.


i am in Canada applying for a pr card in Alberta. i have two kids from a previous marriage, but dont have custody of them. do i have to claim them on my pr application?

Is this a PR Card application or a permanent residence application? Because the answer is very different depending upon what type of application. If it’s a PR Card application, you do not need to mention your children.


I am a PR since aug 2016 and just got my last name changed on my indian passport also my Ontario’s health card and Drivers licence I assumed my husband’s last name after marriage, how do i change my last name on my PR card? Do I need to get my last name changed legally for it or I can assume my husband’s last name there as well.

If it’s on all your ID already, you probably don’t need to get the legal name change unless they ask for it.


My client is an 18 year old female and her family has permanent immigrant status. She wants to know if she leaves her abusive home will she be able to retain her status and stay at university?

Her PR status cannot be taken away if she moves.


How can i check if my PR card is still valid and not cancelled by the sponsor???

If you have a PR Card it cannot be cancelled by the person who sponsored you. You may be thinking of an old law which no longer exists but, even under that old law, the sponsor didn’t revoke your status, the government could have.

Your PR Card expires the day of its expiry date and no sooner.


is this law to keep your pr status still true: After you have landed officially in Canada, any time spent by you with your Canadian citizen spouse outside Canada is taken as the time you have been living within Canada to meet your obligations for permanent residency in Canada.

Yes, you can credit time spent abroad with a Canadian citizen spouse towards meeting your PR residence requirement.


I have applied for renewal of PR Card. I received an email from IRCC that I need to provide All passport copies held in last 5 years along with Personal immigration entry/exit record or Movement certificate issued by India. I have no idea how to get this document? Indian embassy doesn’t provide any such document or record. What should Is send them now?

One thing you could do is make a request to the Indian Embassy and submit the Indian Embassy’s response as part of the response to IRCC.

You should probably talk to an Immigration consultant.


I am in the process of renewing my PR card. My husband, a Canadian citizen, and I live in the U.S. now. I have fulfilled all of my residency requirements. I received an email today from Immigration asking for our Canadian address. We never claimed to still live in Canada and have used our current U.S. address on all documentation. Is a Canadian address a requirement to receive a renewed PR card?

PR Cards are normally mailed to addresses in Canada. Since you are allowed to remain outside of Canada because you are married to a Canadian citizen living outside of Canada, you may be allowed to request the PR Card be mailed to you. However, it’s possible IRCC will not waive the requirement and you may need to have it sent to an address you have in Canada (or a relative’s address).


I am a permanent resident of canada for 2 years can i go vacation outside of canada?

Yes, provided you have a PR Card.


We arrived March 20 2014 as a Permanent Resident, then my Son is now on the Philippines for a vacation for almost 1 year. He will be back next year August 2018 and our PR card will expire on Sept 2019. Is there gonna be a problem on his status if he will stay in the Philippines for 2 years? It was his first vacation since we arrived here last March 2014.

In order to renew his PR Card without issue, your son needs to not only meet the residence requirement of 2 years out of the last 5 living in Canada, but we suggest spending closer to 3 years in Canada. Since he will not be in this situation if he is overseas for two years, we recommend not reapply for his PR Card for a while until he exceeds the requirement. (He does need to return to Canada before his PR Card expires, though.)


My PR card has expired. To renew my card, I have applied for PR STATUS determination under humanitarian and compassion since I did not meet the obligation of residency time in 5 years.  At the moment I’m in Canada, but I need to travel for some courses, exams…..if I decide to leave canada would I be able to return to Canada even I’m still waiting for the result of my PR determination? What is the time process average for PR determination status (in Vancouver)?

Travelling is a very bad idea. An overseas office could revoke your status if you apply for a PRTD during your status determination. The only potentially less risky option would be to return to Canada by car.

There are no publicly available processing times for status determinations.


I will arrange landing on July 2017 and i will stay for around 45 days in A hotel can i provide the address of the hotel to send my PR on it?

Honestly we don’t know the answer to this question. It’s possible that it’s acceptable as numerous new permanent residents do not have permanent addresses when they land.


I got COPR for me as main applicant with my family ( wife and 3 children) and i am planing for landing with my family in the July 2017 and i will stay just for 2 weeks and then leave back to home country to finalize my staff which mean before receiving the PR my family will stay and wait and collect the PR and then they will leave Canada with PR to join me in home country for awhile then we will fly back to Canada in mid of 2018 . my question is this applicable or not ?

Yes, you can do that. This is not what Canada had in mind when it granted you PR status but there’s nothing to stop you from doing it.


I am a permanent resident since 1986 and am married to a Canadian, carry a Swedish passport. My PR card expired and I applied for a new one 4 weeks ago, but the CIC does not show it as being in process. What could happen if I decide to go on vacation to Cuba with my expired PR card? 

If you travel to Cuba without a PR Card, you’ll have to do one of two things to return to Canada:

  • Get a PR Travel Document (PRTD) in Cuba, which takes 2-3 weeks
  • Fly to the US and drive across the Canadian border with your Record of Landing.

I got my and my wife COPR on Jan 15, 2017, and I landed in Canada on Feb01 2017, but my COPR expiry is in 12/08/2019 with the same date of my Passport expiration and My wife COPR expiry is until 2024, So I am confused now is it possible my COPR is valid until my passport validity. Please help and its easy to renew my PR card after expiry.

If you have both “landed” you have become permanent residents and should have received PR Cards. Your PR Card is important whereas your COPR is not; you should put your COPR in a safe place as you do not need to use it for anything. You can ignore the expiry date on your COPR if you have landed already.

You need to renew your PR Card every five years when it expires. At that point, you need to have met the requirements of permanent residence but, if you don’t, your status has to be revoked, it will not just expired.


 

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