Permanent resident cards are required for permanent residents to travel back to Canada by a commercial carrier, and they are a very good idea when returning to Canada using your own vehicle.
What happens if you’ve been granted permanent residence, but realize it will be months before you are issued a permanent resident card, and you have to travel soon?
There is a process to get your PR card on an expedited basis.
You complete the permanent resident card application as you normally would. However, for urgent processing, you must included a photocopy of your travel tickets (or e-tickets) and write, “Urgent – Proof of Travel” on the envelope before mailing.
You must include proof that that ticket has been paid for, including the date, the amount and even the method of payment.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will contact you within 2 business days after receipt to advise you whether or not your PR card can be issued in time.
It is a very good idea to buy travel cancellation insurance for any travels scheduled before your PR card is issued in case your PR card is not issued in time.