The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) contains provisions requiring that permanent residents be provided with a document indicating their status in Canada. Section 32(f) of the IRPA authorizes the creation of the Regulations pertaining to the issuance of a status document for permanent residents (permanent resident card).
The Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada. You use this wallet-sized plastic card to show you can enter and stay in Canada when you return from another country. People who have permanent resident status in Canada can apply for their first Permanent Resident card (PR card) or its renewal or a replacement of a PR card.
The PR Card is usually valid for a five year period, therefore it is important to know the expiry date printed on your PR Card and apply in advance for renewal. You must be in Canada in order to apply for your PR card.
When you are a permanent resident, you can live outside of Canada, but must live in Canada for at least two years in a five-year period. If you live outside of Canada for longer, you may lose your permanent resident status.
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