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Permanent Resident Card


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.


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