Before you apply to Permanent Resident Card
Please note that your permanent resident card is your main justification and proof of status as a permanent resident holder in Canada.
A PR card is mandatory in the cases below:
- All permanent residents of Canada even if children.
- you will be traveling outside of Canada; and
- your return to Canada will be by plane, train, boat, or bus.
In case you just got your permanent resident status, you will receive your PR card automatically, it will be shipped to you by Canada Post after you land in Canada, this process is part of your initial immigration process and you don’t have to take any step in order to get your card, just make sure that you are providing the correct address where you can receive your PR card.
Are you eligible for a Permanent Resident Card?
In order to get your PR card you must fulfill the requirements below:
- You must be an approved permanent resident of Canada;
- Physical presence: You should be present in Canadian territory
- In case you are renewing your PR card, You must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of 730 days within the past five (5) years;
- You should not have any removal order against you;
- Not a Canadian citizen; and
- You should not be convicted of an offense related to PR Card misusing.
How can you get a Permanent Resident Card when being outside of Canada?
Actually, you can’t get a PR card If you are outside Canada, this happens sometimes for people traveling outside Canada and their PR gets expired, it becomes invalid and they can’t return to Canada, in this case, They must get something called Permanent Resident Travel Document from any Visa Application Center like Canadian consulate or embassy, Here is the list of official Canadian visa office.
I have a mistake in my name, What to do?
Some people have mistakes in their names on the Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence, In this case, they should complete and submit a request to correct the immigration landing document or confirmation of permanent residency, this process must be done and the mistake must be corrected before they can apply for a PR Card.
What documents do you need in order to apply to Permanent Resident Card?
- Application for a Permanent Resident Card (IMM 5444), fully completed and signed.
- Photocopy of your passport showing:
- Passport number;
- issue and expiry date;
- your full legal name;
- identity photo;
- your birthdate
- Two (2) photos placed in a small envelope (Do not join them with staples or paper clips). Photos must follow the Photograph Specifications for Permanent Resident Cards.
- Fees. (Copy of the receipt showing the amount paid).
You have to know that if your application is missing one of the required documents or in case the photocopies are not clear enough, then IRCC will return your application to you.
If your application is for a PR card Renewal then don’t send your old card, just keep it until you get your new card, make sure to include a photocopy of your expired card with your application.
In case the current card is damaged and you are submitting an application to replace it, then send your old damaged card with your application.
Translation of documents
All submitted documents must be in English or French, In case your documents are not in any of the 2 official languages then you should seek the services of a recognized translator and ask him to make an English or French translation for your document; also make sure to submit a certified copy of the original document that you translated.
Complete your application fully and accurately
Make sure to complete all sections of the application. In case one of the section doesn’t apply to you, just write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. As we’ve mentioned before, then IRCC will return your application to you in case it’s not fully completed.
In the scenario you need more space for any section, just print out an additional page with the appropriate section. complete this page, attach it, and submit it with your application form.
Pay Your Fees Online.
The table below will help you to calculate the total fees that you should pay. Don’t forget to include your payment receipt with your Permanent Resident application.
|Application (per person)||$CAN|
|Permanent Resident Card||$50|
|The Biometrics (per person)||85|
|Biometrics (per family) (2 or more people)
Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place
Underpayment or Overpayment of Fees.
In the case of not paying all the fees for your application then IRCC will return your application because they will only start processing your application when all fees are paid, and in case pay more than what you were supposed to pay, IRCC will process your application, and send you a refund.
How can you pay the fees for your Permanent Resident application?
In order to pay your fees, you will need a credit card or Canadian debit card, also a valid email address, and a working printer so you can print your receipt. Do not exit without printing the receipt! The receipt is your proof and justification of payment!
Go to Online Payment and follow the online instructions. In the end, print the IRCC official receipt with a barcode. You can print two copies, submit one copy with your application, and keep the other copy for your own record.
Where should you mail your application?
Mail your completed application to the address below:
P.O. Box 10020
SYDNEY, NS B1P 7C1
How to submit an urgent processing application of Permanent Resident?
You must qualify for urgent processing in order to get your application processed urgently, you just need to prove that you require to get and use your PR Card in the next 3 months under one of the travel scenarios below:
- Traveling because of your own serious illness;
- You will travel because of the serious illness or death of a close family member;
- Traveling because of work requirements.
You should include all of the below documents to prove that you need urgent processing:
- A copy of your tickets showing the destination and dates you will be traveling to;
- Copy of proof of payment for travel showing the date, full amount and method of payment;
- A letter from you explaining the reason for the urgency; and
- Proof of urgency (in case of illness you need to bring a letter from the doctor, and in case of work travel you need to submit a letter from your employer.)