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Here are some common questions our office receives about Canadian Permanent Resident cards (also called PR cards). You may also read our website for more information about Permanent Residence Card rules and about the residency requirements for maintaining your card.
If you are applying for a Permanent Residence Card at the border for the first time (that is, you are getting landing status) you will receive the card in the mail within 4-6 weeks. So the time to get your Permanent Resident card is about a month and a half. The time for everyone else to get their first PR card in Canada is approximately 6-8 weeks, give or take.
If you meet the residency requirements, and there are no issues with your application, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks for the residence card to be processed. However, if Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) decides to investigate your matter or if they are concerned with your application, the processing time may take longer depending on the nature of the investigation they undertake. There may be up to several months delay.
If you are in Toronto, most likely you will be directed to the CIC office located at Yonge and St. Clair. The exact information will be provided to you in a letter sent by CIC.
CIC will send you a letter with a list of documents you will need to provide. But you should be prepared to bring all of the original documents you included in your application.
If you lose your Permanent Resident Card, you must contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada immediately (call 1-888-242-2100 or go to the nearest office) and also make an application for a new card.
To change the address on your Permanent Residence Card, you may contact the CIC Call Center at 1-888-242-2100, or you may write to the office notifying them of change of address.
It depends. You must meet the requirements to enter the US, including obtaining an entry visa from the US Consulate, as well, if it is suggested that you travel with a valid passport.
This depends on various factors and we recommend that you do not travel with an expired PR card. Generally, if you have a valid US visa and a valid passport, you may be allowed entry into the US if the US immigration officer is satisfied that the purpose of your entry to the United States is only temporary. However, you will most likely encounter difficulty returning to Canada with an expired PR and you may be refused entry to Canada. Please contact one of our lawyers for further information.
We recommend that you obtain a renewal of your card in advance. However, if the nature of your travel is urgent, you may ask for expedited processing of your PR card. You may leave Canada with an expired PR card, however to return you will need to obtain a Travel Permit from a Canadian immigration office abroad.
If you are outside Canada and your Permanent Card has expired, you should go to the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate and apply for a Travel Document.
There are various factors that can be used to expedite the processing of the PR card. It is advisable that you contact one of our lawyers for further information.