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A: It currently takes IRCC (formerly known as CIC) up to six months to process applications for a renewal or replacement Permanent Resident Card (for existing permanent residents).
The IRCC (formerly known as CIC) estimates that first time Permanent Resident Card applications will take approximately one and a half months to process.
A: Generally you must be physically present in Canada to apply for a new or replacement Permanent Resident Card. If you lose your card or it expires while you are outside Canada, you should contact the Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission closest to you.
A: The terms "Permanent Resident" and "Landed Immigrant" both refer to individuals who have been granted authorization to live and work in Canada on a permanent basis. Historically these individuals were referred to as "Landed Immigrants," but that term was replaced by "Permanent Resident" when IRCC (formerly known as CIC) introduced the Permanent Resident Card in 2002.
A: Permanent Resident Cards are a required to re-enter Canada after international travel. In addition, Permanent Resident Cards serve as proof of status and may be requested by government agencies in Canada to show authorization to live and work, or to establish eligibility for a benefit reserved for Permanent Residents.
A: In order to apply for a Permanent Resident Card, you must have been granted Permanent Resident Status by IRCC (formerly known as CIC). Individuals who have not already been granted Permanent Resident Status must file an application based on family sponsorship, or through an approved business program.
A: No. The only way that you can lose Permanent Resident Status is by failing to meet the residency requirement, or committing a serious crime. Your Permanent Resident Card is proof of your valid status and should be replaced so that you maintain the ability to travel.
A: To keep your status as a permanent resident, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period.
A: If your Permanent Resident Card contains an error in your name, complete and submit a Request to Amend the Immigration Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5218) before you apply for a replacement Permanent Resident card.