How Long Should I Allow for PR Card Processing Time?

By Michael Niren February 25, 2015 (Updated July 6, 2021) 3 min. read

Whether you’ve applied for your first PR (Permanent Resident) card, or are simply renewing your old one, it’s important to allow enough processing time – especially if you’re planning on making a trip outside Canada soon. Below, we’ve outlined a few tips regarding PR card processing time, and how far in advance you need to apply.

Check the Regularly Updated Processing Times in 2021

The easiest way to check the current PR card processing time is by visiting the Government of Canada website. These processing times are subject to change but are updated every week.

Currently, for new permanent residents in 2021, the wait is about 13 calendar days (for those who have provided their mailing address in Canada). Renewal or replacement times typically take longer, and those who apply for PR card renewal in 2021 can wait up to about 27 calendar days.

Have you been waiting longer than the times shown? According to the CIC: “If you live inside Canada and it has been longer than the time shown above since you applied, please contact the Call Centre. Call Centre agents cannot speed up the process of your application or make decisions on your case.”

The CIC website also states that the processing times in the link above will only show you the time it took to either approve or reject 80 percent of applications “some time in the past”. Processing times are only displayed in order to give you a general idea of how long the process may take for you, and your PR card processing time could be longer or shorter. Therefore, we urge you to err on the side of caution when applying for your PR card.

Applying for Urgent Processing

If it is your intention to travel outside Canada and need your PR card urgently, there is an option to apply for urgent processing. Only do this if it looks like your PR card will not be issued by the time you need to leave the country.

In order to qualify for urgent processing, the following must apply:

However, there are still no guarantees you will receive your card on time. The CIC says that “even if these conditions apply to you, we may not be able to process your request urgently or get your card to you before you leave Canada.”

Why You Should Hire An Immigration Lawyer When Applying for Canada PR

The permanent residence application process can be very complex, time-consuming, and difficult. Many temporary residents change their status to permanent residency, therefore it is therefore essential that if you are considering applying for Canadian permanent residence, you get professional immigration help throughout the Canada PR process. The last thing you want is to be told your application is refused after months (or sometimes years) of waiting.

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