The Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD), also known as a Travel Document (IMM 5529), is issued to permanent residents who are outside Canada and do not have a valid Permanent Resident Card to return to Canada. This document is issued by Canadian diplomatic missions abroad. Here’s the complete information:
Eligibility: You are eligible for a PRTD if you are a permanent resident, are outside Canada, and do not have a valid PR Card. However, if you’re in a country where you hold citizenship, you might not be eligible.
- Application: You should apply for a PRTD from a Canadian embassy or consulate in the country where you are currently located.
- Complete the application form for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) (IMM 5524).
- Include all supporting documents: Proof of Permanent Resident status (like a copy of your PR card, PR visa, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence document), two photos meeting the requirements of the travel document, a copy of your valid passport, proof of your residency obligation, and payment receipt for the application fee.
- Residency Obligation: You must meet the residency obligation, i.e., live at least 2 years in a 5 year period in Canada. If you have been a permanent resident for five years or more, you must show that you have been in Canada for at least 730 days during the last five years.
- Processing Time: The processing time varies depending on the diplomatic mission and the specific circumstances of the applicant. The usual processing time can be several weeks.
- Use: The PRTD is a one-time use document. Once you use it to travel back to Canada, it cannot be used again. It is highly recommended that you apply for a new PR Card as soon as you return to Canada.
- Fees: The fee for a PRTD is $50, but it’s recommended to check the latest fees on the official government website.
- Limitations: A PRTD doesn’t guarantee re-entry to Canada. The final decision is made by an officer at the port of entry. Also, the PRTD is not a travel document; it doesn’t replace your passport. You still need a valid passport from your country of citizenship.
If you’re a permanent resident (PR) and you’re currently outside Canada without a valid PR card, you can apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) from a Canadian embassy or consulate in the country where you are currently located.
The PRTD will enable you to return to Canada by a commercial vehicle, such as a plane, boat, train, or bus. Without a PR card or PRTD, the transportation company may not allow you to board.
However, it’s important to note that if you’re traveling by private vehicle, such as your own car or a friend’s car, you don’t necessarily need a PR card. Canadian immigration officials will review your status through other documents, like your passport or driver’s license.
Once you return to Canada, it’s recommended that you apply for a new PR card as soon as possible.
Please note that a PRTD is generally considered a document of last resort for those who need to travel to Canada and are not in a position to obtain a PR Card. Always check the current requirements on the official Government of Canada website, or consult with a legal professional if you’re uncertain about your eligibility.