How to Enter Canada if your PR Card Expires

Permanent residents in Canada have PR cards, which serve as a travel document for them to leave and re-enter Canada as they wish. A PR card (permanent resident card) in Canada is your legal and secure proof of your status. If you don’t have one, please contact our immigration law firm as soon as possible so we can help you get one! 

When PR Cards Expire…

Permanent resident cards expire after five years, and must be renewed. They need to be renewed from within Canada. However, because permanent residents can travel abroad freely, there is a chance that your permanent resident card has expired while you are outside of Canada. This basically leaves you stranded without a way to come home!

Don’t panic. You can still enter Canada if your permanent resident card has expired. To do so:

Entering Canada with an Expired PR Card

You will need a travel document to return to Canada. Ordinarily, your permanent resident card would act as a travel document. However, since it is expired, you are left without a valid travel document.

Visit your closest Canadian consulate or Canadian office abroad to obtain a travel document there. You can use this travel document to return home to Canada and renew your PR card here as normal.

Applying for travel document

When you apply for a travel document, you will need to provide proof of your permanent resident status in Canada as well as proof that you have met the residency obligation for permanent resident status in Canada. This means you must demonstrate that you have been in Canada for two years (physically present) of the last five.

Do you need help returning to Canada? Has your PR card expired and you are unable to prove you have met the residency obligation for permanent resident status in Canada? Please contact us! We can help you.

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