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What happens if your Canadian PR card expires?

Are you a permanent resident in Canada? You may know that your permanent resident card contains an expiry date, and that when your permanent resident card is ready to expire you will need to submit an application to renew it. Permanent resident card expired

But what if you wait too long and don’t renew your permanent resident card? If you are in Canada and you don’t renew your permanent resident card, it’s similar to a Canadian citizen not renewing their passport. They don’t lose their citizenship, but it can cause problems.

It is even more of an issue for Canadian permanent residents, because permanent residency in Canada is more conditional than permanent.

The importance of renewing your permanent resident card

If you do not renew your permanent resident card, you will not have proof of your permanent resident status, and you will be unable to re-enter Canada should you leave the country. While you may be putting off the renewal of your permanent resident card, it can take several months for this application to be processed and you may have to leave Canada unexpectedly. If this is the case, you can find yourself in a bit of trouble – you’ll have to apply for a travel document in order to travel back to Canada, and this can be inconvenient.

One of the components of renewing your permanent resident card in Canada is showing that you have met the residency requirement, for which you will need documentation and evidence. If you wait too long, it can be much harder to compile all of this documentation – and if you cannot prove you have met the residency requirement, your permanent residency status could be in trouble.

Do you need help renewing your permanent resident card? We can help you!

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

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

2 thoughts on “What happens if your Canadian PR card expires?

  1. Ola

    I feel that my residency is in a big risk because I lived a lot of problems in the past I should have to renew my card in 2010 but I didn’t because my kids problems under 18 and after 18 years old am in a big trouble and I scare to apply because of all the legal problems had in the past years
    Me personally never get convinced with any crime since I arrived to Canada my kids yes..before 18 and after18..I need your advice..

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ola. You must make renewing your PR card a top priority. 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
      Regards, Muga


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