Hi, I’m a permanent resident of Canada and I fulfilled my residency obligations for the past 5 years, but I’m currently in Germany and my PR card expires early in December. I contacted the VAC in Düsseldorf and the embassy in Vienna but they didn't answer my questions. Maybe someone here has been in a similar situation and can help: I will not be able to go back to Canada before January. My question is, if I apply for a travel document, how long would it be valid ... in other words, how soon after receiving the document would I have to enter Canada? Also, if I travel back to Canada via the United States, will the travel document be valid there as well or would I have to travel back to Canada directly from Germany? I’m asking because I will be in New York for 5 days in January and it would make sense to take a plane/bus/train back to Canada from there. I know I can enter by car from the US without a travel document but unfortunately that's not an option. Thank you very much for your help!