the CanadaVisa Team - 14 October, 2016
The government of Canada has made public its criteria for the urgent processing of permanent residence cards. At the time of writing, an application for a permanent residence card takes an estimated 41 days to process for a new card, or 63 days for a renewal or replacement. However, there are certain urgent situations whereby an individual may have his or her application for a card expedited.
The permanent resident card is the official proof that an individual is a permanent resident of Canada. Residents use this small plastic card to show that they may enter and stay in Canada when returning from another country.
In order to qualify for urgent processing of permanent residence card, applicants must demonstrate that they require their card urgently (within the next three months) for one of the following reasons:
Applicants must submit all of the following documents to support their request for urgent processing:
Applicants may request urgent processing when they submit their application for a permanent residence card to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney (CPC-S) or after it is already in process by contacting the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Call Centre through the IRCC Webform.
To request urgent processing, the applicant is required to write “Urgent” on the envelope when he or she submits a complete application for a permanent residence card and include all of the documents listed in the above section.
To request urgent processing, the applicant must follow the steps in scenario 2a or scenario 2b below, depending on the circumstances of his or her case:
As per the existing procedures, the applicant can apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD) to return to Canada. Upon their return to Canada, the applicant may apply for a new card.
Applications for permanent residence cards where urgent processing is requested (scenarios 1 and 2a) are first reviewed by IRCC personnel to establish that urgent processing requirements are met. If so, the application is then reviewed for completeness. Applications that do not contain all the documents in the checklist will be returned to the applican with a note advising them of which documents are missing.
Requests for urgent processing that are received after the application is already in process (scenario 2b) are reviewed to determine if the request meets the criteria to qualify for urgent processing.
Applications that are found to meet the criteria for urgent processing and include all required documents are placed into the urgent processing stream as per existing procedures.
Those that do not meet the criteria are placed into the regular processing stream.