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What happens if my permanent resident card expires while I am outside Canada?

Most permanent resident (PR) cards are valid for five years. The expiry date is printed on the card. If your PR card will expire within six months, you should apply to renew your card.

Check our processing times to see how long you will have to wait to get your new card.

If you need to leave Canada soon, you can apply for urgent processing.

We do not mail PR cards to addresses outside Canada. If your card expires while you are outside Canada and you will use a commercial vehicle like a bus or plane to return to Canada, you must apply for a travel document.

If you will return to Canada by private vehicle, there are other documents you can use to re-enter Canada. If you do not have these documents, you must apply for a travel document.

When you return to Canada, apply for a PR card if you plan to travel outside Canada again.


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