You should only apply for a PR card if:
- Your card has expired or will expire in less than 9 months
- Your card is lost, stolen, or destroyed
- You didn’t receive your card within 180 days of immigrating to Canada
- You need to update your card to:
- Legally change your name
- Change your citizenship
- Change your gender designation
- Correct your date of birth
To be eligible for a PR card, you need to:
- Be a permanent resident, and
- Submit your application in Canada
To keep your permanent resident status, you must have been in Canada for at least 730 days during the last five years. These 730 days don’t need to be continuous. Some of your time abroad may count towards the730 days.
You aren’t eligible for a PR card if you were asked by the Government of Canada to leave the country. If you are a Canadian citizen, you can’t have (and don’t need) a PR card. If you become a Canadian citizen, return your PR card at your citizenship ceremony.
Make sure that you are eligible and submit your completed application. If the application is not complete or you are not found eligible, it will not be processed and no refund will be made.
Step 1: Get the application package
The application package includes a guide and all the forms you need to complete to apply for a PR card. Read the guide to help you fill out the forms correctly. Use the Document Checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Include with your application:
- your PR card:
- If you are applying to renew your card, keep your current card and include a photocopy of it with your application.
- If you are applying to replace a card because it is damaged or the information on it is wrong, send the card with your application.
- a clear copy of:
- your valid passport or travel document, or
- the passport or travel document you held at the time you became a permanent resident
- two photos that meet the photo specifications
- any other identity documents listed in the Document Checklist (see the application package),
- a copy of the receipt for the processing fee, and
- a solemn declaration if your PR card was lost, stolen, destroyed or you didn’t receive it within180 days of immigrating to Canada.
Step 2: Pay your application fees
You must pay the PR card application fee online.
To pay your fees online, you need:
- a PDF Reader,
- a printer,
- a valid email address, and
- a credit or debit card.
After you pay, print your receipt and include it with your application.
Step 3: Submit your application
Make sure you:
- answer all questions,
- sign your application and all forms,
- include the receipt for your payment, and
- include all the supporting documents.
Send your application and payment to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Case Processing Centre — PR Card P.O. Box10020 SYDNEY, NS B1P 7C1 CANADA
Or by courier:
Case Processing Centre – PR Card 49 Dorchester Street Sydney, NS B1P5Z2