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A Refugee Travel Document allows refugees in Canada to travel outside of canada without a passport from their home country.

A PR travel document (PRTD also known as Form IMM 5529) allows Canadian permanent residents who are not in the country to prove their immigration status on their return to Canada.

More information is available from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (CIC).

Permanent Resident Travel Document. I am a permanent resident in Canada (just activated it on 17-Feb-2017. Therefore my PR card is not issued yet. Now my only grandmother died and the funeral is next week. I am able to go to Switzerland but not able to return to Canada without a PR card or a PR Travel document (which can only be obtained from outside of Canada – but I would only be in Switzerland for about 1 week – 4 business days. I have been in touch with the border services, CIC helpcenter, the Canadian Embassy in Switzerland but no solution can be presented to me. I thought the PR will make things easier (and I worked hard and a long time on it to get it) but it seems it made it all just more complicated. Is there anyway you can help me?

You can attempt to submit the application before you travel, but we don’t know whether or not it will be accepted.


can i go back to the country i come from it by the travel documents ? and i already got PRĀ and how long it take is to get the travel documents ? and the fees to applying forĀ travel documents

If you are a Protected Person in Canada and apply for a Canadian Refugee Travel Document, this document will usually ban you from travelling to the country you fled as a refugee. If you still have a valid passport from that country, though, you can likely travel on that.


I am Syrian who had a private sponsorship and resettled from Iraq to Canada. I worked for a multinational company in Iraq and I should go back to Iraq for less than one year. What should I do in order not to be prohibited from re entering Canada and lose my asylum. I will go and follow-up my company to transfer my job to Canada.

If your Canadian travel document prevents you from travelling to Iraq, you could lose your status in Canada if it is discovered that you travelled to Iraq. If your document does not prevent you from travelling to Iraq, you can.


I applied for PRTD from Lahore, Pakistan on 19 Jan 2017. Since then i have no idea about my application. Even though i contacted the Abu Dhabi office and fill their request form but no use. Now i want to know how to get information about my application ?

Unfortunately the case specific enquiry form is the only way to check the status of your PRTD application.


i am a protected person in canada and i have valid refugee travel document but i didnt recieve my PR yet. my husband is a USA citizen and he has applied for me green card from there. do you think US immigration will accept my travel document or they require passport from my country??

This is a Canadian website and we cannot provide information about American immigration policy. You should contact the State Department or a US immigration lawyer to see if they can answer your question.


I have a Canadian PR and a Canadian travel document and want to go on a trip to Europe with my friends. (Portugal, Spain, France and Germany) Do I require a visa or not!

You need to contact the Embassies of the countries you wish to travel to, to find out if they allow you to travel to the Shengen Area without a visa.


I have canadian PR card and planing to apply to Certificate of identity to travel to Germany and sweden and Netherlands , should I have schengen visa to go there , countries accept my certificate of identity without visa

If you contacted their Embassies and they you don’t need a visa, then you should take their word for it.


Can a refugee from Columbia who now has a Canada Travel Document get a USA visa for a flight connection in the US?

You will need to apply for the visa and see if you are approved. It’s up to the US government.


I’m a Canadian permanent resident. I went to the UK without realising my PR card had expired. I applied for a PRTD and got issued it within 4 days. It shows no. Of entries as ‘mulitple’ and expiration date of 31 Jan 2019. I’m now back in Canada and need to travel to the US. Can i use this document again to get back in to Canada on my return?

Yes, that’s what it means, you can leave Canada again and travel back to Canada with it, through the expiry date.


I applied for a PRTD on humanitarian grounds(was removed as a minor), It has been 45 days and I still haven’t heard back… How long should i wait ?

You need to contact the visa office where you applied to find out what’s happening. You can use the “Case Specific Enquiry” form.


Does an adult refugee travel document allow entry to Germany without a visa?

Probably not. You should contact the German consulate nearest you to confirm.


I hold a travel document from Canada I’m a permanent residence of Canada, IM a citizen of Nicaragua, do I need a visa to enter USA for vacation.

You need a visitor visa to travel to the United States and will continue to need one until you become a Canadian citizen.


I have a Travel document issued from Canada . Can i use that to travel to Mexico or I need a Visa to enter that country

You need to contact the Mexican Embassy or a Mexican consulate to find out whether or not they’ll let you travel there without a visa.


my question if is passable to travel by certificate of identity canada passport to any europe countries ?

You should contact an embassy of a Schengen Area-member country to see if they will accept a Canadian Certificate of Identity as a travel document.


i am originally from Afghanistan, and a permanent resident of Canada. while holding a travel document issued by Canada to which countries i can enter visa free or without a visa

Whether or not you can enter with a Refugee Travel Document is up to the individual countries and not usually something they publicize. You’ll have to pick where you want to travel and contact the Embassy.


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