PR Card

PR Card Renewal

What is a PR Card?

The Permanent Resident card, simply known as a PR Card, refers to an identification and travel document. These cards are issued for permanent residents and are eligible for up to 5 years. Applicants are encouraged to apply for a PR card if it’s about to expire in 9 or fewer months.

Keep in mind that you will remain a permanent resident of Canada even if your PR Card expires.

Who Can Apply for a PR Card?

If you’re a new permanent Canadian resident, you don’t need to apply for a PR card. Instead, the Government of Canada will issue one to you once you immigrate to Canada and provide your mailing address.

If you plan to apply for a PR card renewal, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a valid Permanent Residence Status
  • Meet the residency obligations
  • Submit your application in the manner prescribed by IRCC
  • Expired card or the date is within nine months
  • Your card was destroyed or stolen
  • You wish to update your card

How Do You Apply for a PR Card?

Permanent Resident Cards are typically issued for five years. Here’s how you can apply for one:

  • Get your application package, which includes a comprehensive guide of documents you need to attach. These include:
  • A photocopy of your current card if you need to renew it
  • Your current card if it’s damaged or has incorrect information
  • Your valid passport/travel document/the document you held when becoming a permanent resident
  • Two photos
  • Additional identity documents
  • A copy of the processing fee receipt
  • Pay your application fee
  • Submit your application

What Happens After the Application?

Once the Government of Canada receives your application, they’ll start processing it instantly. Check the official website to know the status of your application.