In late November last year, the Toronto Star shed light on a growing concern among new immigrants in Canada surrounding the time it takes to receive their official immigration documents.
In particular, the story emphasizes that new immigrants are sometimes stuck in Canada for months after being approved for permanent residence while they await their Permanent Resident cards (PR cards) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Beyond serving as a form of identification for new immigrants, PR cards are a vital travel document that permanent residents must present at a port of entry to re-enter Canada. Not having a PR card hinders an immigrant's ability to travel outside of Canada in case of an emergency.
According to numbers quoted by the Toronto Star from IRCC, over 70,000 new Canadian PRs are waiting for their first PR card at the time of writing.
Fortunately for some, however, IRCC provides a pathway for certain new immigrants to have their PR cards processed urgently by the Canadian government.