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Permanent Resident Card

The Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada.

A Permanent Resident Card is a document required by permanent residents, including children, who are planning on travelling outside of Canada and then return to Canada by any commercial transporter such as plane, train, boat or bus.

To be eligible for a PR Card, you must:

be a permanent resident of Canada

be physically present in Canada

not be under an effective removal order

not be a Canadian citizen or a registered Indian under the Indian Act and

not be convicted of an offense related to the misuse of a PR card

Keeping your permanent resident status

Your permanent resident status allows you to live in Canada, but there is also a time limit on how long you can live outside the country. To keep your status as a permanent resident, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period.