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Expired PR card, may travel to Canada soon 

Ottawabound
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Posted On: 7 days ago
Ottawabound
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 days ago
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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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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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