The Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada and it is also a travel document.
A PR Card is a document required by permanent residents, including children, who plan on travelling outside of Canada and returning to Canada by any commercial transporter, such as a plane, train, boat or bus. The PR card can be renewed every five years but renewal is not mandatory.
Assessing your eligibility
To be eligible for a PR Card, you must:
- be a permanent resident of Canada
- be physically present in Canada
- not be under an effective removal order
- not be a Canadian citizen or a registered Indian under the Indian Act and
- not be convicted of an offense related to the misuse of a PR card
The PR card can be revoked if:
- a new card is issued;
- the permanent resident becomes a Canadian Citizen or loses permanent resident status;
- the permanent resident dies; or
- the PR card is lost, stolen, or destroyed.
Permanent Residents outside of Canada
If you are currently outside Canada and do not have a valid PR Card to return to Canada, you will need to obtain a travel document from a Canadian visa office.