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Canada Immigration Urgent Processing

Canadian LandingIn some circumstances, people can ask for urgent processing in regards to their applications to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Generally, applicants will have to show that there is a good reason for why the applicant needs to have their application processed before others.

These processes do not make the processing of the applications immediate, rather, it will shorten the total wait time to a degree.

Permanent Resident Card

Permanent Resident Cards are Canadian immigration documents that are proof that an immigrant can live and work in Canada for as long as they please. They are also known as PR Cards.

PR Cards are necessary for immigrants when they travel abroad as the Canadian border authorities will need to see this document to re-admit immigrants.

If an immigrant has a trip abroad planned and they do not have their PR Card for some reason they can submit an urgent application which will significantly shorten the wait time and assist in the travelling process.

However, if the trip is going to occur in three weeks or less, one’s PR Card will not arrive on time, and PR Cards cannot be sent to foreign addresses.

Rather, when abroad, immigrants can apply for re-entry documentation at a Canadian consulate. This should only be a last resort option and is not preferred.


There are a number of reasons why someone might want to apply for emergency citizenship documents, but in order to get urgent processing, it does need to be an emergency.

Applying for urgent processing because one does not want to wait any longer for a citizenship certificate is not acceptable. However, asking for urgent processing because without a citizenship certificate, one might lose one’s job is acceptable.

Citizenship certificates, searches of citizenship records and the renouncing of Canadian citizenship are all available for urgent processing.

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