Get a permanent resident card

The permanent resident (PR) card is the official proof that you are a permanent resident of Canada. You use this wallet-sized plastic card to show you can enter and stay in Canada when you return from another country. It has been updated with enhanced security features to keep pace with changing technology.

Permanent resident status

How to get a PR card, permanent resident rights, losing or renouncing your permanent resident status

Determine your eligibility

Eligibility criteria and when you can apply for a permanent resident card

Apply — Permanent resident card

Application forms and how to apply for, replace, renew, or correct a PR card

Urgent processing

Processing times, eligibility and how to apply if you are inside or outside Canada

Get a PR photo

Photo size, what can and cannot be worn and who can take a photo

Permanent resident travel document

Eligibility, how to return to Canada without a valid permanent resident card

Check processing times

How long it takes to process immigration and citizenship applications by type, by country and by application method

Find out what to do after you apply

Changing your address and phone number and destroying your old permanent resident card

Check application status

Online updates for sponsorship, permanent resident and citizenship applications using your identification number, name, date and place of birth


Living in Canada

Learn about what it's like to live in Canada and the resources available to help you get settled.

Immigrant services in your area

Our interactive map will help you to search for immigrant services in your area.

Questions about permanent resident cards?

Questions about permanent resident cards? Find answers.

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