A permanent resident card is essential for you to have on you when you land on Canadian soil or return if you already possess one. If the PR card isn’t ready before you leave Canada or if you’re outside Canada without possession of the PR card, you need to get a Canadian PR card renewal or get a brand new permanent resident travel document (PRTD). After you return to Canada, please reapply.
Follow these steps to apply for a permanent resident (PR) card. Make sure the steps are carried out in the same order. In case you forget something, your application will be sent back to you and retry sending the entire application again with the right documents pieced together.
This is a list of papers one needs to complete to apply for the Canadian PR.
Include with your application:
Your PR card:
- Include your current card and its photocopy.
- In case of wrong information, damage or other discrepancies, include the reason and keep a copy.
- Your valid passport or travel document, or
- The pre-existing passport or travel document that you were issued officially when you became a permanent resident.
- Photo specified to measurements - 2
- Any other identity document that might hold relevance for the application procedure.
- A copy of the receipt for the processing fee, and
- A solemn declaration if your PR card was lost, stolen, destroyed or you didn’t receive it within 180 days of immigrating to Canada.
Pay your application fees
The fee for PR application and recovery needs to be paid online.
To pay your fees online, you need:
- A PDF Reader,
- A printer,
- A valid email address, and
- A credit or debit card.
There are only some application procedures that need payment, not all of them need online payment.
Step 1: Check if you’re eligible
Remember to check your availability before you pay for the program.
Don’t pay the wrong citizenship or immigration fees. Before you pay, check your application guide here:
- Check your eligibility
- Check your program and your fee structure
Step 2: Get your payment card ready
It's not important you use the card in your name. The card holders name would appear in the receipt but not on the application.
You can pay with a credit card, prepaid card or debit card.
Credit cards and prepaid cards Payment gateway accepts credit cards and prepaid cards from:
- American Express®
Step 3: Pay your fees
Temporary resident to permanent resident pathway
In case of payment going before through the application, the stream gets chocked up and you could ask for a refund later.
If you apply, and it’s refused for any reason (including submitting incomplete documents):
- Only the Right of Permanent Residence Fee will be refunded.
- No other fees will be refunded.
Step 4: Add your receipt with your application
When your payment is done, we’ll email you a copy of your receipt.
- If you’re applying on paper, print the receipt and include it with your application.
- If you’re paying additional fees for an application you already submitted online, follow the instructions we sent to your account.
The permanent residency fee increased
The fee structure for permanent residence applications is to be revised from April 30, 2022, by IRCC. Which includes economic, permit holder, family and humanitarian classes.
The fee was increased in lieu of rising in inflation level for the first time after 2002. The government announced that the fee would be revised every two years to adjust the same.
The government always takes a cost-effective route to budgeting and supervising financial modules of the administration where most of the costs are the responsibility of those who receive the services and benefit directly from them.
Make sure you:
- Answer all questions,
- Sign your application and all forms,
- Include the receipt for your payment, and
- Include all the supporting documents.
- Send your application and payment to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Case Processing Centre — PR Card
P.O. Box 10020
SYDNEY, NS B1P 7C1
Or by courier:
Case Processing Centre – PR Card
49 Dorchester Street