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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).

I am a Canadian permanent resident and have just attained an adult travel document. I want to travel to Europe, particularly Germany, Holland and France. Can I just go or do I need to apply for any other visas?

A travel document is not the same as a passport. If you mean the “refugee” travel document, you will need a visa to go to the EU.

Hi i have been granted refugee/protected person in canada and i applied for PR. When do i get my passport back from the canadian government?

You probably get it back when a decision is made on your case. They certainly do not expect you to travel while you’re waiting to find out if you can be a permanent resident.

I’m Canadian and my husband is Thai and has been permanent resident in Canada for about 4 years and have lived there for the last 13 years. We are in Thailand now for vacation and he lost is permanent resident card from Canada. We got marriage in Canada. How cab he come back to Canada with me??

He will need to apply for a Canadian Permanent Resident Travel Document.

I got accepted as refugee as judge told me In my hearing one month ago in Montreal but still waiting for my letter to come I wanted to know that I moved to a new address and how I can notify government about it

You should call Citizenship and Immigration Canada as soon as possible. If you have your UCI, that would really help. They may be able to tell you what to do.

You should also make sure to get your mail forwarded from the old address to the new address. But your confirmation of status may not be allowed to be forwarded by Canada Post.

mailing address of Canada travel document with in Canada?

By mail:

Certificate of Identity Section
Passport Canada Program
Gatineau, QC  K1A 1L2

By courier:

Certificate of Identity Section
Passport Canada Program
Place du Centre, Commercial Level 2
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, QC  J8X 4B7

I am a permanent resident planning a trip abroad. Do I need a travel document to re-enter Canada?

If you have a valid PR card, you do not need to get a travel document. If your PR card is due to expire whilst you are away, you should apply for a new card before you go. Travel documents are emergency documents issued to permanent residents whose PR card has expired or been lost or stolen whilst they are out of the country.

I have a record of Landing but no PR Card. Will this allow me entry into Canada?

No. Unless you have a valid PR Card you will not be able to enter the country. You will only be able to do so if you obtain a travel document from a Canadian visa office in the country you are staying in. On your return to Canada you should apply for a PR Card especially if you expect to travel outside of the country again.

Do I need to reapply for a PR Card if I have a travel document?

Yes. The travel document will only allow you to enter into Canada once. When you are back in Canada you should apply for a PR Card because this allows you multiple entries into Canada.

What happens once I have submitted my application?

Once you have submitted your application to the Canadian visa office in the country you are staying in, a visa official will review your application and if you are eligible for a travel document, it will be affixed to your passport.

How much does it cost to apply for a travel document?

The fee for processing your application for a travel document is CDN $50. You may pay this in the local currency of the country you are staying in if the Canadian visa office there agrees. If your request for a travel document is denied, your fees will not be refunded.

Will one travel document cover all family members?

No. Each family member regardless of age must apply for their own travel document.

What do I need to get a travel document?

You need to prove your identity and that you were a legal permanent resident in Canada prior to your departure. You must have lived in Canada for 730 days out of the last 5 years.

My PR Card expired whilst I was out of Canada. How can I prove my status on my return?

You need to apply for a travel document from any Canadian visa office abroad. This will enable you to enter Canada and then you can apply for a new PR card.

Where can I apply for a Travel Document?

You can get a travel document from any Canadian visa office abroad. The visa office website for the country you are in will direct and inform you on how to obtain your travel document and what documents to submit with your application.

Who can apply for a travel document?

Anyone who is a permanent resident and is not currently in Canada can apply for a travel document. Additionally you must not be subject to a deportation order and you must be able to prove your permanent residence status.

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