How To Apply For Lost PR Card

The Canadian PR Card, like a passport, affects your Canada living and travel abroad, and it is required for frontier custom house. But what if you accidentally lose PR Card? Is it troublesome? Actually, according to the regulations of the Canadian Immigration Bureau, if you lose PR Card, you can apply for a replacement.

According to the Canadian Immigration Bureau, to apply for a replacement of the PR Card, you need to fill out an IMM5451 Lost PR Card form. You need to provide your personal information and details of the lost card in the form for immigration officers to review. The process differs depending on whether you are inside or outside Canada. If you are outside Canada, you need to visit the nearest visa office and apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) to return to Canada, and then apply for a replacement PR card once you have returned successfully.

IMM5451 Lost PR Card form

Two Options For Applying For A Replacement PR Card When Lost PR Card

  1. Online Application: You can apply for a replacement PR card online through the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The online application process is convenient and allows you to submit your application and supporting documents electronically.
  2. Paper Application: If you are unable to apply online or prefer a paper-based application, you can download the application form from the IRCC website. Fill out the form accurately, provide the required supporting documents, and submit the application by mail to the designated IRCC office.
Lost PR Card

If you are inside Canada, you can fill out the form on the official website of the Canadian government. Here are the steps:

  1. Log in to the form webpage and select “Tell us more,” then choose “No” and check “Proceed to Web form.”
  2. Fill in the required information in the form as prompted, selecting “Permanent resident card” and “Permanent resident card – Renewal and replacement.”

To qualify for replacing the Canadian PR Card in case of loss, theft, or damage, you need to report the loss on the Immigration Bureau’s official website and then apply for a replacement. If you need to renew the card, you must meet the following conditions: residing in Canada for at least 730 days in the past five years, accompanying family members (spouse/common-law partner or parents) with Canadian citizenship residing outside Canada, being sent abroad by a Canadian company, or accompanying a Canadian permanent resident sent by a Canadian company to work outside Canada.

Immigration Bureau's official letter

Required Documents For The Application Include:

  1. Proof of payment for the card replacement
  2. Passport-sized photos with a white background
  3. Identification documents (passport, etc.)
  4. Application form IMM5451
  5. Proof of family relationship (if applicable)
  6. Proof of full-time employment (if applicable)

How Long Take Apply For Lost PR Card

The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) website states that the average processing time for a replacement PR card application is approximately 90 calendar days.

It’s important to note that this is an average processing time and individual cases may vary. Factors such as the complexity of the application, the volume of applications being processed at the time, and any additional requests for documentation or information from the IRCC can affect the processing time.

Cantact IRCC

Even though all know it is hard to reach IRCC, still it is good thing to try. As the processing take so long you can submit a webform ask for progress. I recommend visiting the IRCC website ( and navigating to the “Contact Us” or “Help Centre” section to find the current contact information for the IRCC helpline.

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