Travelling as a Permanent Resident
Permanent residents must have a valid permanent resident card (PR card) or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) to return to Canada by plane, train, bus or boat.
Without a PR card or PRTD you may be unable to board the vessel that will get you back home to Canada.
Your PR card must be valid when you show it. If it expires, you must apply for a new one. The average processing time for the renewal of a PR card is 60 days. Therefore, it is important to apply to renew your PR card well before it’s expiry date in case of emergency travel. You are still a permanent resident if your card expires, but it can make travelling difficult.
To learn more about renewing your PR card or applying for a PRTD visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html or call my office to speak with one of my staff.
Please Note: If you are a Canadian citizen or have a Canadian passport, this does not apply to you. Please renew your passport based on the expiry date and always remember to allow enough time for your new one to arrive before travelling. For more information on how to get a passport or renew it please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports.html