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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).

Hi, I have a refugee travel document, Can I apply for a USA Visa with this document?

Yes you can


I’m a Canadian permanent resident and have a travel document issued by the government of Canada. My question is do I need a Visa to travel to the U.K and if i do, am I eligible to apply with my current travel document?

You will need to ask the UK authorities. Try contacting the British High Commission in Ottawa.


can i withdraw a permanent resident travel document application

Yes you can. Contact IRCC to do so.


Iam in Canada with a Canadian Refugee travel document. Do I need a visa to go to Jamaica?

Most countries treat Canadian refugee travel documents differently than passports. You should call the Jamaican Embassy to find out whether or not you need a visa.


I have a refugee Travel Document issued in Canada ,I want to travel and my flight will transit in US. Do I need a US Transit Visa ?

Most likely. You should contact the airline to be sure.


I am a permanent resident and I need an emergency passaporte how I can get it and if I’m illegal for one

How to get an emergency passport (and if you can get one) depends upon which country you are from.

If you mean a Canadian Refugee Travel Document, you can get that from Passport Canada.


How long it takes to renew my travel document after I do my application???

The processing time is 20 days, that does not including the time it takes to mail it to you.

You can apply for urgent service but you need to apply in person in Gatineau, QC. You will have to prove you are travelling. You can pay for next day or expedited (2-9 business days) service.


I am a Protected Refugee in Canada, My Permanent Residence application is in process. I have Canadian travel document for refugee as well.My question is, I want to go to some other country to complete my education that is not possible if I stay in Canada,Am i eligible to go to some other country to study on my refugee travel document without having PR?The duration of studies will be of 2 years.

You should speak to a refugee lawyer. But, to the best of our knowledge, you cannot leave Canada to study elsewhere if you want to maintain refugee status in Canada and obtain PR through it.


I am a protected person (refugee) in Canada and I have a travel document. Do I need a visa to go to Mexico and Cuba.

Most likely. Call the Embassy to confirm.


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.


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