What is a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) in Canada?

The Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) is a travel document issued by the government of Canada to permanent residents who are outside of Canada and do not have a valid permanent resident (PR) card to return to the country. Permanent residents of Canada are required to have a valid PR card or PRTD to board a commercial transportation (like an airplane) to return to Canada.

To show proof, you either need your PR card or PRTD Canada Visa document. A Permanent Resident Travel Document is akin to your ticket back to Canada as you travel back to the country through any commercial carrier such as bus, train, plane or boat). Without your PR card or your PRTD Canada, you will be denied entry. 

PRTD Canada is issued to outside of Canada permanent residents when one’s PR card’s validity has expired or when one has lost it. The reasons can be many, but your PRTD Canada is the sole document that can help you get entry back into the country when you do not have a valid PR card. 

What is the PRTD Canada Visa processing time?

The processing time for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) in Canada is typically 2 to 8 weeks. It is recommended to submit your application at least 1 to 3 months before your planned travel dates. If you find yourself dealing with an emergency, the IRCC does make exceptions for PRTD applications in Canada and approves them when needed subject to their internal resources. Always remember that there is no guarantee, and you must apply for PRTD Canada in advance.

Can I enter Canada without PRTD?

As we discussed above, a valid PR card or a valid PRTD Canada is required for anyone to get back to Canada using commercial modes of transport. If you are a permanent resident of Canada and do not have your PR card for any unforeseen circumstances, you must present your PRTD document. Without the PRTD document, you may not be able to board your flight, train or bus. It is your responsibility to make sure that you apply for PRTD Canada in time and get it approved. 

How long is PRTD valid Visa for?

The typical PRTD validity time is usually six months from the date of issue. Once you have successfully applied for your PRTD Canada and received your approval, you can use your PRTD Canada document to travel typically six months from the date of approval. As soon as you enter the country, your PRTD become invalid, and that is crucial to remember. So keep in mind that you cannot use the same PRTD twice, even if it has not been six months since it was issued. This is not common, but sometimes immigration officers may choose to limit the time of your PRTD to less than 6 months. 

How to apply for PRTD Canada Visa?

If you are looking to apply for PRTD Canada, all you need to do is fill out an application form. What comes next is more important. You want your application to go forward smoothly, without any obstacles. To do so, arrange your documents and present them in the order as suggested by the application form. This will make it easier for the officer examining your application to go through it. If hiring a representative for your case, you will need to use a representative form. The processing fee for PRTD Canada is $50, and you will mostly need to apply via the Visa Application Centres. But this will also cost premium fees. 

What happens if PRTD is refused?

A refused PRTD means that you have lost permanent resident  status and are a foreign national.  However, according to Paragraph 63(4) of IRPA, a candidate whose application is refused can seek an appeal of the decision of a visa officer in Canada who has denied PRTD. A candidate has 60 days to appeal the decision from the date of the result of their previous application (or 30 days if your residency obligation was assessed negatively at a port of entry). You may need to attend a hearing held by the IAD for this if you have been in the country for 365 days. Our lawyers at Chaudhary Law have represented many candidates in the past and would be delighted to do so for you. 

Canada PRTD processing time from India:

You can only apply for PRTD Canada from outside of the country. So if you are in India , you must apply for your PRTD document two to six weeks in advance, which means you have ample of time to travel and enter the country. You may not be able to board a flight from Canada to India if you don’t process this document. Our PR lawyers in Toronto are experienced and knowledgeable to handle any legal complications and guide you through visa application process. Given all the requirements are met, we guarantee a smooth transition for all your PR needs. To book a consultation, call 416-447-6118.

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