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How To Lose Permanent Resident Status in Canada

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The Toronto Star recently published an article telling the story of a Russian immigrant to Canada who lost his permanent residence status after not spending enough time in Canada, despite traveling frequently for business reasons.

Loss of Permanent Resident Status in Canada

Permanent residents are required to spend 730 days, or two years, out of five in Canada in order to have their permanent resident cards renewed. If they haven’t spent the required amount of time in Canada, their PR card could possibly not be renewed and their status can be revoked.

The man’s family is in Canada, and while the government denied his permanent residence application they also denied him a temporary visa to visit his family, saying he probably wouldn’t leave once it expired – creating a serious no-win situation.

More Immigrants Losing Canadian PR Status

Citizenship and Immigration Canada data published in the same Toronto Star  article also shows that more and more immigrants are losing their permanent residence status. Permanent residency can be complicated and there are some exceptions to the minimum time spent in Canada rules.

Are You At Risk of Losing Your Permanent Resident Status in Canada?

To see if you qualify, or if you haven’t spent enough time in Canada and are at risk of losing your status, it may be advisable to speak to a licensed immigration lawyer before renewing your PR Card.

If you have immigration questions, we may have the answers you seek. All of Niren & Associates’ cases are handled by independent, licensed and award winning Canadian and U.S. lawyers who adhere to the highest standards of client service. If you at risk of losing your permanent resident status in Canada, we’d like to help.

Michael Niren

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Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

18 thoughts on “How To Lose Permanent Resident Status in Canada

  1. Sandra Duque

    Hello, I have not lived in Canada since 1990. Three months after my son was born, I went to my country to visit my family, but because my son’s father (a Canadian) and I had problems as a couple and I did not have anyone else in Canada, I decided to stay with my son in my country. Now my son is going to live in Canada and I want to visit him. I applied for an eTA and now I am being asked to Voluntarily renounce my permanent resident status. Will that prevent me to one day re apply for residence in the future? If I go by car from the USA, and I don’t need an eTA, will I be able to get in Canada?
    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Sandra,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you have contacted us! We have helped thousands of clients in similar situations of not sure which route to go for their travels. I would love to help you during this process! Hiring one of our immigration lawyers helps you during your visa process by providing step by step legal advice and conversation about your case.

      Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Nasr

    Hello
    I had been working in canada for 3 years under a work permit and I and my wife recieved a permanent residence before we leave canada by about 3 months. We had a Canadia child. However we had been out of canada since 2006.
    I am 44 years old, my wife 34 and we also have 2 other non-canadian kids.
    I have a Canadian sister living in canada.
    If we want to apply for immigration agian do we (me and my wife) have to revoke our PR status ?? or is it already automatically lost??.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Nasr. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. George Najera

    Hi,

    What happens if you travel to the country in which you fled from in order to seek Canadian permanent residency even if your refugee claiming case was denied and you received residency through humanitarian and compassionate grounds? I am asking because now having permanent residency I am allowed to travel, however, I need to know whether returning to the country in which my refugee case was revolved around will put my residency in risk. If their is a risk, what does immigration Canada do? I have sick relatives in my home country and I desperately need to go to help them. Thank you so much if you are able to get to this!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello George. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. 9enigma0

    Hello, my parents stayed in Canada for 1year and 5 months then went back home. Their PR card will expire in Nov 2017. They’re planning to come back June 2017 but they still wont be able to complete the requirement of 2 years residency in Canada out of 5 years. Will they lose their PR status?

    if they got here by Jun2017 and applied for a renewed PR, does that mean they will get their new PR card after 3 months even though they didn’t complete the #of years required for residency?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. Your parents will most likely have problems renewing their PR card if they cannot show that they can complete the physical residency requirements. We have seen situations like yours many times. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for your parents so that they can keep their PR status. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. Pem

    Hello, My PR card is expired and I won’t be returned to Canada since I have a job in the UK. Is there anything I have to do to give up the PR? What if I decide to go back to Canada after 3-5 years, what do I have to do? I don’t want to pay tax for both countries.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Pem. Yes you can renounce your PR status. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. leonardo

    hi there my name is LEO and i have a question what is the line off 44 in emigration laws?i been in canada for 11 years and i never been in truble with the law or i never been in jail or nothing like that.. but i got a call from emigration and they told me they have to talk to me… please explain to me wats the line of 44 mean… thank you.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Leonardo.We will need to know which form you are referring to and what the details of your situation are in order to help you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  7. Hanif

    Me and other guy worked same kitchen
    I got pR but he refused

    So I think he is little gealous on me

    So my question : can he do anything bad on my on my PR status

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Hanif. As long as you fulfill the requirements of your Permanent Residency, and stay within the rules of the law, no one can have a negative effect on your status.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  8. Mairaj

    Hi sir
    I lost my PR status coz i been outside canada and over stayed. Coz of my family problems. on 24 July 2012. I heir an counsel in canada and he just took money and don’t do anything not even attended my appeal date.. I spoke to Canadian refugees and immigration and tryed my best but I got denied. I received an letter in India by saying I and appeal federal government immigration but I really don’t no wat exactly I have to do. Plz can u help me with this matter.
    Thanks
    Mairaj
    From India. Hyderabad

    Reply
    1. Vahe

      Thank you for your inquiry Mairaj. I am glad that you contacted us.

      Your situation, as you can imagine, requires immediate attention if it is to get rectified.

      It must be very difficult to lose your PR status after it took you so long to obtain it.

      Please Mairaj, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation. In cases such as yours, time is of the essence.

      Vahe

      Reply
  9. kumar

    Hi,

    if Permanent Resident card expired and the person still can’t apply for renewal since he is 3 months short to meet residency, what can he do?

    if he have opportunity to work outside Canada does he need to pay taxes?

    Can he still sponsor wife ?

    Thanks much for your time
    Kumar

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Kumar

      Just because your PR card expired does not mean you cant apply for a renewal. If you work outside Canada but are NOT a citizen, you can’t sponsor your wife. You have to live in Canada and sponsor her. Good luck!

      Reply

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