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Expired PR card, may travel to Canada soon 

Ottawabound
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Posted On: 4/15/2017
Ottawabound
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Hi there,

My wife is a Canadian citizen, we live together in LA. My PR card expired last year. We have decided to move to Ottawa in the fall and my wife is flying there in May to check out a prospective school for our 7-year-old. I might have the opportunity to join her (just flying in for the school tour then flying back while she stays on with her mom for a few more days).

What forms do I need to submit in order to make this trip?

Do I need to make an urgent request to renew my PR card? Or do I ask for a PR Travel Document? Both??

Many thanks in advance for your reply!
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Posted On: 4/18/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be interested in what your options are in this situation.

You can find some information on the IRCC website in the I am outside of Canada and do not have a PR card. How can I return to Canada? section.

Here is an excerpt,

I am outside of Canada and do not have a PR card. How can I return to Canada?

Canada’s entry requirements are changing

Permanent residents (PR) of Canada must carry and present their valid PR card or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) when boarding a flight to Canada, or travelling to Canada on any other commercial carrier. If you do not carry your PR card or PRTD, you may not be able to board your flight, train, bus or boat to Canada.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your PR card is still valid when you return from travel outside Canada, and to apply for a new PR card when your current card expires.

Returning by private vehicle

There are other documents you can use to enter the country.

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

Some examples of private vehicles include, but are not limited to: a car, truck, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle that you own, borrow, or rent, and that is not available for public use.

Returning by commercial vehicle: airplane, bus, train, or boat

You must apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD), valid for one entry. Otherwise you may not be able to travel to Canada.

You can apply to replace your PR card when you return to Canada.


I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Ella
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Posted On: 5/2/2017
Ella
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My PR Card expired yesterday. I have submitted my renewal application a month ago. I am in big need to go to Europe middle of June. Is any way I can contact an actual office and find out if my PR card will be ready by the time I'm leaving Canada? Also, looking into applying for a Permanent Resident Travel document in Europe...I'm only there for one week. Any suggestions as what are my options right now? Thank you
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PMM
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Posted On: 5/6/2017
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Hi


Ella wrote:
My PR Card expired yesterday. I have submitted my renewal application a month ago. I am in big need to go to Europe middle of June. Is any way I can contact an actual office and find out if my PR card will be ready by the time I'm leaving Canada? Also, looking into applying for a Permanent Resident Travel document in Europe...I'm only there for one week. Any suggestions as what are my options right now? Thank you



1. It may be close the present processing time is 66 days plus mailing. No, you can't contact the processing office, you can try through the call centre, but they won't have any information at this stage.
2. You have 2 options, if you don't get your PR card in time. Apply for a PRTD in Europe, or return to a US airport near the border and use private transport to the border with your COPR.
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Ottawabound
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Posted On: 5/8/2017
Ottawabound
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Follow up to my earlier post: I sent in an application for a PR Travel Document two days after my first post, so about three weeks ago. I have been checking the status of the application online, but until this morning it didn't show anything. Now it says "error on application, please contact administrator". I called the number on the top of my receipt (1-888-242-2100 Hours (local time)/Heures (heure locale): 08:00 - 16:00), but the call won't go through. As I am called from the US, perhaps that is the reason?

Does anyone have contact information to reach the appropriate people to ask about this error in my application?

Thanks!!

John
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Posted On: 5/8/2017
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Hello John,

Thank you for sharing your update with us.

We can appreciate that you would be concerned about this situation.

We have had some of our users previously state that they have been able to contact IRCC from abroad by dialing 1 613 944 4000. Listen to the options to get to IRCC. Then you should be transferred to the IRCC Call Centre.

Please note though that some have previously reported that it did not work for them or that it is no longer working.

However, we suggest that you may want to give it a try.

Long distance charges will apply.

I hope this information is helpful.
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