Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD)

A Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) is a travel document issued by the Canadian government to permanent residents without a PR card while being outside of Canada. This document allows them to return to Canada as a permanent resident.


Eligibility for PRTD

To be eligible for a PRTD, you should be a permanent resident of Canada who is outside the country and does not have a valid PR card. You must also need to provide proof of your permanent residency status, such as a Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence document.

Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate that you have not abandoned your permanent residency status in Canada. This means it is mandatory that you should have strong ties to Canada, such as a job, a home, or family members living in the country.

Permanent resident travel document: About the process

The application process for a PRTD involves providing proof of permanent residency in Canada and other necessary documents, as well as paying an application fee.

One of the key requirements for a PRTD is proof of permanent residency in Canada. This can be demonstrated by providing a copy of the Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence. In addition, other documents may be required depending on individual circumstances, such as a police report if you have lost your PR card or documentation of a legal name change.

Once the application has been processed and approved, the PRTD will be mailed to the applicant’s address. It is important to carry this document while traveling outside of Canada, along with other necessary travel documents such as a passport and visa (if required). Failure to carry the PRTD while traveling can result in being denied entry back into Canada.


The application fee for a Permanent Resident Travel Document is $50 CAD for adults and $20 CAD for children under the age of 16. Additional fees may apply if you need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photos).  


A PRTD is valid for one entry into Canada and can be used for up to six months from the date of issue. If you must travel outside of Canada again after the expiry date of your PRTD, you will need to apply for a new one. The renewal process is similar to the initial application process and requires proof of permanent residency in Canada and other necessary documents, as well as paying the application fee.

It is important to note that if your PR card has already expired or will expire within six months of your intended return to Canada, you must apply for a new PR card instead of a PRTD. This is because a PR card allows for multiple entries into Canada and is valid for five years, while a PRTD is only valid for one entry and up to six months.

How to Apply for PRTD?

For professional guidance in applying for your PR card renewal, you can seek help from Can-America Immigration Services.