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US Permanent Resident, Travelling to Canada

Posted in Canada by Elliott Back on July 11th, 2005.

According to the US Department of State, all I need to travel to Canada is my greencard as proof of permanent residency, at least until December 31, 2006.

December 31, 2005 – Passport or other accepted document required for all travel (air/sea) to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America.

December 31, 2006 – Passport or other accepted document required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada.

December 31, 2007 – Passport or other accepted document required for all air, sea and land border crossings.

www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2224.html

On the other hand, if you are travelling abroad for a long period of time, you need a re-entry permit anyway:

Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) use re-entry permits to re-enter the U.S. after travel of one year or more. For LPR’s returning to the U.S., re-entry permits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance of the re-entry permit. The LPR should apply for this benefit before leaving the U.S.

uscis.gov/graphics/services/Emergency/index.htm

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58 Responses to “US Permanent Resident, Travelling to Canada”

  1. Mehnar says:

    Hi, my friend who is a US Citizen will be going to Vancouver for 8 days to work for a Canadian company

    So does he need a work visa for only 8 days of paid work?

    Please advice.

    Thanks

  2. My wife and I are traveling to Vancouver in September. I am a US citizen she is a Cameroonian citizen with a premenant resident card from the US. Her Cameroon passport just expired and will take more than three months to issue a new one so she kept it and filing for citizenship in the US. Will Canada let her back in with an expired passport?

    • Phoebe says:

      Hi! I’m searching for some answers myself… right now I’m wondering if I can enter Canada with just a resident card because my passport is expired. I saw your message and I’m wondering if you can answer my inquiry since you went to Canada September of last year. Your response will be greatly appreciated.

  3. us resident says:

    this is what I got from the US embassy website with Canada.

    Alien Permanent Residents

    Alien permanent residents of the U.S. must present their Alien Registration Card, commonly called the “Green Card.”

    So yes, you only need your green card to enter and leave Canada, but if you are entering from a third country, then you’ll also need your passport.

    http://canada.usembassy.gov/traveling_to_canada/entering-canada.html

  4. opara ebere says:

    i will be travelling next week and i am a us permanent resident do i need a visa to travel to canada?

  5. Zurina says:

    I have green card (US), myself and my husband planning visit Canada on Sept/29,2010 after spend $ & time packing for our wedding anniversary, at the airport they wont allow me on board, even I show them my PR Greencard & my passport, so my husband proceed to Canada with many frustation & question( his American ) when he get there and ask Canadian custom , they say American make “BIG MISTAKE”!!! for not let his wife on board. We been through so much trouble, so my question is ” what is wrong here “? In future to avoid this complicated who best to ask? Yes did read all requirement on http://www.cic.gc.ca , can’t find anything that say NO to greencard holder travel to Canada.

  6. Paige Myers says:

    can I work in Canada as a holder of an American pr card?

  7. eyner says:

    I’m a permanent resident of U.S.A. and I would like to trvel to canada. would i be allowed to travel by plain and allowed to return to U.S.A. with my permanent resident card?

  8. Manish says:

    dear sir,
    it gives me great pleasure to write to you .
    i am MBA , i recently doing job in indian stock market & now want to do work in US market &
    I ll be happy if you will help in residencing here in US
    i am 24 years old, Indian, Single..

    regards
    Manish

  9. maria says:

    Hi! We came to Canada on my husbands LMO approved work visa.On border I got work visa to for any job. But my husband got only for one spesific job. After we came, my hasbands job did’t work out and he lost his job offer. What can we do to continue to live in Canada? Can I use my visa in order to stay? Because we been told that I got work visa dependant on his LMO approved.

  10. HOPE says:

    FRANKIE..I DON’T KNOW IF U GOT AN ANSWER TO UR QUESTION YET BUT HERE’S WHAT I KNOW..YUP YOUR WIFE WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS BUT ITS LOT FASTER THAN THE OTHERS SINCE UR A CANADIAN CITIZEN BUT U SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT YOUR WIFE WHEN SHE GETS HERE AND THEREFORE MAKE SURE THAT SHE DOESN;T HAVE TO DEPEND ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE..I HOPE YOU GOT SUM IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO..WELL I WISHED WE COULD TRADE THE PLACE N PAPERS N ALL EVEN I’M GOING THROUGH THE SAME PROBLEM. MY FIANCE IS NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER TO CANADA AND I CAN;T SPONSOR HIM EITHER SINCE I;M ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE WHICH I HAD TO TAKE SINCE I HAVE A NEWBORN BABY. THAT SUCKS BUT SHOULDN;T GIVE UP SO I’M ALSO FINDING THE BEST WAY I COULD DO. HOPEFULLY !! BUT U GOT A BETTER OPTION ..GO <3

  11. Frankie says:

    My wife is a Nicaraguan Citizen and a US resident, I am a dual Citizen of the US and CANANDA, I am thinking of moving to Canada. Will my wife have to go through all the b.s paper work to become a Canadian resident as we did in the states to become a US resiedent? Can she just trade the green card for a resident card in Canada?

  12. Kobe says:

    even by air travel, you don’t need a visa? just the green card? so they will allow you to leave into canada and enter back into the US without any hassle? i just need confirmation because I’ve heard differently…

  13. GreenCardHolder says:

    Yes!!! If you have a US Green Card (if you are a US permanent resident), you CAN enter Canada with your green card only, and do NOT need a visa.

    see the following link:
    http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/enter_canada.asp

  14. Loc says:

    According to this link from US Embassy in Canada http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/enter_canada.asp, US legal permanent resident only need to show his/her “green” card at the border to enter to Canada.

  15. vishva says:

    There is a rumor that us residents have to pay 100 dollars at the border to enter Canada.Is this true?

  16. Maria says:

    I heard, there have been changes in Canada/US policies/laws for Permanent Resident of US to enter Canada for visiting purpose after June 1, 2009. Is this true? Can a US permanent resident still visit Canada without VISA for visiting purpose (such as for holidays to meet friends and/or families)?

    Maria

  17. karthik says:

    i have pr for canada how i get job in canada

  18. amit says:

    us green card holder . if they want go to canada for holidays. they dont need canada visa . just book ur ticket. pick ur green card, passport and driver licence thats it

  19. Yoshi says:

    Sorry, I mean to go to canada if you have a greencard then you dont need a visa or the re entery permit..

  20. Yoshi says:

    Actually, you dont have to have a re-entery permit to the US if you hold a US permenant Green Card.
    for more info please visit the website below:
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

  21. Yazila says:

    I am a Greencard holder currently in USA.
    I wanted to go to Toronto to meet my friend
    What will i need?

  22. Bharti says:

    I think NO

  23. Bharti says:

    I am a permanent resident card holder of canada.Do I need to get visa to just visit USA or P R card is enough?

    • CAD LAWYER says:

      It really depends on your nationality. If you are from Europe , you definitely don’t need a visa but if from Asia You may need a visa as exceptions are there for few countries like singapore but rest most have to mapply for visitor Visa.

  24. Eugene says:

    Im a permanent resident , and i have green card but no US passport, do I need to get Visa to just visit canada or Green cars is enough ??? thank you

  25. raheem says:

    My two dougthers hold a US passport and my wife has a green card.They are traveling to canada.Does my wife need visa or green card is enough?

  26. ghada says:

    IM A US RESIDENT WITH A GREEN CARD AND I NEED TO KNOW IF I NEED A VISA TO VISIT CANADA FOR WEEK

  27. Alejandro Namocatcat says:

    I'm a green card holder and planning of visiting Canada what do I need. please advice

  28. al says:

    Why is that permanent resident of the US are allowed to enter Canada without a Canadian visa and permanent residents of Canda require a US visa to enter the US? Security could be the answer, while Canada has nothing to fear. The US always thinks they're higher than everyone else, I wouldn't change my Canadian permanent residence for any other country since we have great benefits and privelages.

  29. sarah says:

    Hi i am from Togo, but i am a permanent resident of USA and i am transferring my job to canada, how do i get a work permit and do i need a visa? Thanks.

  30. peter kimwei says:

    i’m a u.s permanent resident and i want to visit my brother in canada, do i need a visa or anything apart from the green-card? my fright is two weeks from now but i have no idea.

    • Kobe says:

      I’m trying to visit my friend in Montreal…I’m a US permanent resident like yourself Peter. Since you traveled to Canada, what were the requirements? I’ve heard different stories. Thank You

  31. Jae says:

    I am a Canadian citizen with a us permanent residency card. Currently applying to take away conditions on the card 1-751.
    ANYWAYS, my husband is in the army and is deployed so I moved home to canada for a year. AM i legally allowed to work here in canada without giving up my US residency?
    thank you so much

  32. SG says:

    I am from India and presently holding USA greencard. I want to go to Canada for a week to visit my friends in Toronto. Do I need visa to visit my friends in Toronto?

  33. Cindy Chan says:

    We will be travelling on a cruise to Alaska next month with a port stop in Canada. My husband currently has the US permanent residence card (green card) and his passport from China. Does he still need to get a visa to enter Canada? The cruiseline has indicated the right to refuse people on board if they don’t have proper document. Please advise. Thanks.

  34. Mahboob Khan says:

    I am a permanent US Resident and I am planning to visit my sister in Toronto for a week, do I need a Canadian Visa ?

  35. CURT LI says:

    My wife is a U.S. Resident with an Indonesian Citizenship. She went to Alaska for one week and from Alaska went to & through Vancouver, Canada for One Day to return to Los Angeles, U.S. from Canada. She did
    NOT bring her Indonesian Passport. She only brought her U.S. Permanent
    Residence (Green) Card.

    Is she going to be able to board the plane in Canada that is destinated to
    Los Angeles, CA, USA with only her Green Card ?

  36. Aditya says:

    I’m an Indian citizen and a green card holder in USA. What procedure do I need to follow in order to visit my brother in Toronto for a week ? I will be travelling by road.

  37. Angie says:

    I’m from Colombia im plannig to go to Canada for couple days i’m a permanet resident i have a green card, Do i need to apply for a visa?
    Thank you

  38. Nuzhat Charania says:

    I am planning to visit Canada for a week with my husband. My husband is a citizen and I am green card holder. Do I need to apply for a visit visa for Canada.

    Please let me know. Thnks

  39. Dijana says:

    Hello, I am a green card holder, and my question is if i travel from Canada to Dominican Repiblic for a vacation, I’m i gonna have problems flying back to Canada, and then going back to USA?

  40. JEAN says:

    IM A US RESIDENT WITH A GREEN CARD AND I NEED TO KNOW IF I NEED A VISA TO VISIT CANADA FOR WEEK

  41. Nancy says:

    Does anyone know where in the Austin or San Antonio,Texas area I can get photos taken for my Canadian passport? The post office where I live disregarded the specs and I know they will come back if I send them to Canada. I need a a professional Passport photographer who knows how specific the Canadian government is about the photos. I see a lot of messages here on this thread that tells me I’m not the only frustrated one.

  42. dago says:

    I am a US greencard holder and I want to know what documents that I should bring with me when I go to Toronto Canada for a weekend in May, 2008

  43. KANDY says:

    i have a green card and i want to know if i can cross to canada without any problem or do a need a permit?

  44. mya says:

    i am a US greencard holder and and i want to know what documents that i should bring with me when i go to Toronto, Canada for 1 week visit in April,2008

  45. Arturo S. Lopez says:

    I like to go to work in canada. I am a prefecional carpinter.

  46. Mark says:

    I am from the Philippines and presently a US greencard holder. I am planning to visit a friend for a week in Toronto. Do I need to apply for a visa to enter Canada? What documents do I need to carry?

  47. dawa lama says:

    I am from India and presently holding USA greencard holder. I want to go to Canada for six months to visit my friends in Toronto. Do I need visa to visit my friends in Toronto?

  48. rezek says:

    dear sir,
    it gives me great pleasure to write to you .
    i am a pharmacist , i recently succeeded in medecinal chemistry MD
    I ll be happy if you accept my reply to imigrate to canada .
    i am 38 years old , egyptian, married , got 2 children
    much thanks for reading this note

    yours sincerly

    dr Rezek Ayad

  49. Sandra Frambs says:

    Do I need a passport to travel through Canada in 2006? We have in the past used our birth certificate and drivers license. Is that still OK?

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