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How to Change the Address on a Permanent Resident Card

One of the benefits of being a permanent resident in Canada is that you can live and work anywhere in the country! However, your permanent resident card (also called a PR card) that serves as secure proof of your status in Canada, must have your current address on it. If you move or change your address, you will also have to change your address on your permanent resident card. 

How to change the address on your permanent resident card

In order to change the address on your permanent resident card, you must contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You can call them at 1-888-242-2100, or you may notify them of a change of address via snail mail. You may also be eligible to change your address using the online service.

You are expected to notify Citizenship and Immigration Canada of your change of address about three weeks before you move. When you change your address with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, it takes about 15 days for the change to appear in your file.

What if I have just arrived in Canada and gotten my address?

If you have just arrived in Canada for the first time as a permanent resident, there is a different method for you. A permanent resident who is changing their address would submit a Change of Address to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, while a permanent resident who has just landed in Canada will submit an Address Notification to Citizenship and immigration Canada.

We can help you! Please e-mail or call us if you need help:

– Changing the address on your permanent resident card.
– Replacing a lost or stolen PR card.
– Renewing your PR card.
– Obtaining a renewed PR card immediately.
– Obtaining a renewed PR card without having met the residency obligation.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

24 thoughts on “How to Change the Address on a Permanent Resident Card

  1. Maria Ducay

    Hello, I just have a really quick question. So my father has been a permanent resident for 20 years in America and he is planning on getting his citizenship now. He is 75 years old. However, I am unsure about one thing; he has not notify the immigration office that he moved to a different address about a year ago. First of all, he did not know and he thought notifying the postal office and updating his address through DSHS would be enough. Will he be fined? Will he get his green card taken away? I’m just worried and do not know the right answer. He wants to notify them, however what are possible penalties if we contact them now?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Maria. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Shristi gurung

    I came here in Calgary one month ago through spousal sponsorship
    The immigration officer of YYC told me to change the adress through online services and then I changed my adress of Calgary twice but it did not get updated
    As we all know it take 15days to get updated new adress but in my case my adress did not changed
    Now what should I do???

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Shristi. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. Asim Sarwar

    hey i am permanent resident in BC Canada I Have just separated with my wife and my previous address on my landing paper and pr card is my parents in law house address and now i moved to another place in the same city. Do i have to change the address on landing paper and PR Card of yes then how and is there any website of office in surrey bc where i can go and get help

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Asim. You must keep your contact and address information up to date.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Priya

    Hi
    I am a pr card holder since 2013,and i have recently moved to Ontario from Alberta do I need to inform CIC?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Priya. Your PR card should always have your current address.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. Anna Miller

    Hi,
    We have permanent residence in Canada but recently moved to the States. Do we need to indicate the address change and if yes, how do we do that?
    Thank you,
    Anna Miller

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Anna. Is your move a permanent one to the US? Will you still be able to fulfill your physical residency requirements for Canada? Changing an address is easy, but you must look at your future intentions for your Canadian PR.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Roland Renno

    Hello,

    My Landing took place in Montreal on the 14th of August 2014 and I spent my time at my brother’s address where I received my PR card there.

    Then I moved to Beirut (Lebanon) due to a family case, and now that I want to travel back to Canada to renew my PR card and resume living, but I want to live in Ottawa and not in Montreal anymore.

    1- Am I able to directly travel to Ottawa or do I have to contact CIC before doing so?

    Regards,

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Roland. With a valid PR card, you are free to live anywhere you want in Canada, provided that there were no restrictions placed on your permanent residency through a provincial nomination program.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. Nasi

    I am a permanent resident, recently my address has been changed. Can I change on my PR online? and if yes, could you please sent me appropriate link? unfortunately I couldn’t find any related link.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Nasi. You must keep your address up to date with the closest immigration office to where you are currently residing. Up to date information is essential for communications and for validating your physical residency requirements.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. fouad

    hello
    i have a canadian permanent resident card, but i live outside canada.
    do i need to change the mailing address because my friend (my mailing address) moved to another place?
    thank you

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Fouad, You will need a valid Canadian mailing address for your permanent residency.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  9. Miriam Visser

    Hi, i have a permanent resident card and am wondering how i can update the address on it.
    thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Miriam. If you contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) they will be able to help you.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Kady

    I’m still awaiting my PR card but plan to move to a new address within 2 weeks. How can I get my PR card sent to my new mailing addres?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Kady. You can call up CIC and have them update your address so that your card is delivered to you at your new location.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  11. David Cooper

    I am writing on behalf of Eduviges Margar(et) Vasquez de Brais PR # 5842-7215 who is a boarder in my apartment. She is Spanish (very little English) speaking and hasn’t changed her residence since she lived in Longueuil, QC 5 years ago. She wants to update her address to here because she started working in Scarborough 2 months ago. I am acting as translator and general go-between.

    Can you help with this change.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello David,

      Thank you for your post. I had to edit your comment as you provided too much personal information that we do not recommend anyone does for your privacy and protection. Is your friend an existing client of ours? MF

      Reply
  12. Resheil Elarmo

    hi we recieved our permanent card 1week ago and then we move to other place do we need to change automatically our address in our permanent card?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Resheil,

      Thanks for the question. Your permanent resident card must accurately reflect your current address and you will most likely have to update the CIC regarding this change of address. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply

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