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Enter with Visitor Visa instead of PRTD- Possible? 

minmin30
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Posted On: 5/31/2017
minmin30
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Hi there!
I need advise in the following situation:
I did my landing process in Canada, I was not able to get a PR card as I did not have an address in Canada where I would be present for next 3 months.
I am now back in the US and need to travel back to Canada. I also have a valid multiple entry visitor visa to Canada.
Can I enter Canada on the visitor visa? I only need to be in Canada for a few days.
please advise if you are aware of the rules.
Thank you!
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Posted On: 6/7/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide a definitive response regarding what you should do.

However, you can find some detailed 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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