A few things to consider:
- First, driving across the border does not require a PR Card. As long as you have your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), you should be okay. Given that you have a Canadian Refugee Travel Document instead of a foreign passport, you shouldn’t even need the COPR, though having a copy of it with you can’t hurt.
- Yes, you can use your Refugee Travel Document – that document is a passport substitute, which is not the same thing as a PR Card.
- Because you need your PR Card for work, you can ask IRCC to speed up the application. Because it’s your first PR Card, you may not be able to get it sped up, but you can still try requesting it.