Permanent Residency and Permanent Resident (PR) Card
Permanent Residency
Download the Permanent Residency sheet here
Download the entire AURA Sponsorship Handbook here

Permanent Residency:
Resettled refugees become permanent residents (PRs) the moment they sign their ‘Confirmation of Permanent Residence’ document at the airport and they:
• Access the same social benefits and health care coverage as Canadian citizens.
• Do not require a permit to study or work.
• Are protected under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
• Have responsibilities, including paying taxes and respecting all federal, provincial and municipal laws.


Permanent Resident (PR) Card Processing:
IRCC will automatically send each newcomer their PR Card in the mail after they arrive. There are often delays due to high volume, incorrect addresses, and problems with photographs.
• Ensure IRCC has the newcomers’ correct address. Address changes can be made online: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/change-address.asp. Click on the “Address Notification” link in the blue box, just below Step 3.
• The first card is free and processing time is 2-3 months.
• If you have waited more than 2-3 months and are concerned, contact AURA.
• IRCC may mail a letter requesting new photographs for PR cards.
• If a PR card is not received within 180 days of arriving in Canada, a complete application, fee and photograph must be submitted to IRCC.


Travelling as a Permanent Resident:
• Canadian permanent residents with refugee status are entitled to a Travel Document, which can be used with a PR card to travel outside Canada. However, for resettled refugees, there are serious considerations related to travelling outside of Canada before attaining citizenship:
• Re-entry to Canada is not guaranteed.
• Use of a passport from a refugee’s country of nationality and returning to that country can be considered ‘reavailment’ and jeopardize one’s permanent residency status.

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