Anyone who wishes to enter Canada must hold a valid travel document. Permanent residents (PR) are able to use their permanent resident card (PR card) which allows them to enter. If the PR does not have a valid travel document, they can apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD).
A PRTD is a temporary travel document that will allow them one single entry back into Canada. It is most often applied for when a PR card has been lost or expired during travels outside of Canada. Noting that a PRTD will not replace a valid Canadian PR card.
You can apply for a permanent resident travel document if you:
- Are a permanent resident,
- Do not have a valid PR card showing your PR status (i.e. because it is lost, expired),
- Are outside Canada, and
- Want to return to Canada
Note: You may be asked to attend an interview
A PRTD is currently CAN $50 and is paid for online
The processing time for a PRTD varies – the IRCC have not provided a time frame .
As soon as you return to Canada, it is essential that you apply for a new PR card.
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