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On my PR card, why is my Maiden Name written right after my First Name? My Given Name on my card shows actually my Maiden Name, it is not part of my First/Given Name. In the Philippines, our Maiden name is our Middle Name. My passport shows First Name: Last Name: Middle Name: Will it create confusion later? Do I need to reissue my PR card and change my Given Name only to first name? At times, when I fill up forms and asking about my Given Name, what should I write?

The name on your PR Card is based on the name on your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) which, in turn, is based upon the name on your passport when you “landed,” i.e. began a permanent resident. So, if you want to change your name on your Pr Card, you’ll have to change it on your COPR, which means changing it on your passport or demonstrating that it is not your middle name on your passport, but your maiden name.

If you don’t want to change it, then you’ll have to use your ID as it is. But you can omit your “middle” name when asked for your given name. Many people do unless the form asks for your middle name.

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I have been a permanent resident since 2011, I was on my way to buying an airline ticket last week when I lost my PR card. My question is how long does it take to replace a lost PR card as I need to travel to Africa next month which March. Also, can I travel without my PR card as I am only going for 3 weeks?

It currently takes 70 days to replace a PR Card. If you are traveling for an emergency, you may be able to convince them to issue the card sooner.

If you travel to Africa without your PR Card, you will need to get a Permanent Resident Travel Document while in Africa; the processing time is 2-3 weeks. Alternatively, you can change your return flight to the US and drive back to Canada with your Confirmation of Permanent Residence.

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I have received the PR Card on June 2010, and expired on June 2015. Because of my job on my country I stayed in Canada only 10 months. My wife and my son are in Canada with regular status. She has PR Card my son is Canadian Citizen. My question is: Do I have to apply for renewing my pr card or for family sponsorship

As long as you have permanent resident status, you cannot be sponsored. You have two choices:

  • Attempt to re-enter Canada by car along the US-Canadian border with your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and, if you are admitted, stay in Canada until you meet the physical presence requirement (minimum 2 years) OR
  • Renounce your permanent residence status and get sponsored.
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