PR Card

A permanent resident is a person who is allowed to live permanently in Canada and who may later apply to become a Canadian citizen (provided that he or she meets the citizenship criteria.The permanent resident card (PR card) is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident of Canada. This wallet-sized plastic card is used by permanent residents of Canada seeking to re-enter Canada on a commercial carrier (airplane, boat, train or bus).

If you leave the country, you are expected to have this card when returning to Canada. Permanent residents may apply for Canadian citizenship after three years in Canada. Every permanent resident must be able to present his or her permanent resident Card upon boarding a commercial carrier (aircraft, train or bus) in order to travel to Canada. The Permanent Resident Card expires every five years. The Permanent Resident Card cannot be renewed without being present in Canada and having a Canadian address.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You may apply for PR card only if you are physically present in Canada
  • If you have received permanent resident status before June 28, 2002
  • If you  are already permanent resident , but did not receive a PR card at that time
  • Need to replace an expired, lost or stolen PR card
  • Not be under an effective removal order
  • For further information contact us

VisaDay Services

  • Applying for a new PR card
  • Submitting application to renew your PR card
  • Request for name change or sort date of birth issues
  • Help you in case your application has been returned to you by the processing centre
  • Check the status of your Permanent Resident Card application
  • Request for urgent processing of your PR Card
  • Help you expedite, in case you have already submitted your application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada but you urgently need to go on a trip
  • For further information contact us

Average Processing Times*

Type of application

Processing Times

              New permanent residents


58 calendar days

Existing permanent residents

  • renewals
  • replacement
  • initial cards


                   90 calendar days

Processing times at the time of publishing this article, contact VisaDay office or CIC for updated processing times

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