The Permanent Resident Card is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada.

This wallet-sized plastic card is used by all 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 you return to Canada.

Check the expiry date of your Permanent Resident Card before you plan to travel outside Canada.

Most Permanent Resident Cards expire every five years, while some expire after one year. Check the expiry date and apply for a new one well before you plan to travel outside Canada.

Applying

Who can apply

You can apply for a Permanent Resident Card if you:

If you become a Canadian citizen, you do not need a Permanent Resident Card.

How to apply

The information on this page is for you if:

You will need to gather certain documents in order to apply for a Permanent Resident Card. Collect these documents as early as possible, especially if you plan to travel soon.

If you are outside of Canada without a valid Permanent Resident Card, you will need a Travel document to return to Canada.

Arriving

If you are a new permanent resident, you will automatically receive your Permanent Resident Card by mail after you arrive in Canada as part of the immigration process. You do not need to apply for a Permanent Resident Card.

If you did not provide a mailing address when you were granted permanent resident status, or you have since moved, please update your mailing address.

You have 180 days to provide your new mailing address from the date you were granted permanent resident status.

If you do not provide a mailing address within the 180 days, you will not receive your Permanent Resident Card. You will then need to send Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) an application for a Permanent Resident Card and pay a fee of C$50.

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