How to Renew a PR Card

If you have a permanent resident card in Canada, you should know that it needs to be renewed every five years. There is an expiry date on the card, and we recommend applying to renew your permanent resident card (PR card) about three months before it is due to expire whenever possible. 

In order to renew your permanent resident card, you will make an application for a permanent resident card all over again. There is a section on the application for a permanent resident card application that the application is for a renewal, and you can indicate that on the form.

The same identity documents and supporting documentation that you included with your initial permanent resident application will be included with your renewal application. There is a document checklist that comes with the application package, so make sure you read it carefully and do not miss any pieces of information.
You must also indicate on your application that you’ve met the residency requirement, or residency obligation for permanent resident status in Canada. This means that you’ve lived in Canada for two of the last five years and can back it up with physical proof.

What if I missed the residency requirement?

The residency requirement is a very important component of your permanent resident card renewal application. After all, it is one of the major requirements for maintaining your permanent resident status in Canada. If you don’t meet the residency requirement, there is a chance you could lose your permanent resident status and face deportation from Canada. Because of the seriousness of this situation, you should contact a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as possible – there is a chance, if you have a valid reason for missing the requirement, that we can help you.

Your permanent resident card renewal application is in good hands if you assess it with us before submitting it. While this might only be your first or second time renewing your permanent resident card in Canada, we have helped process thousands of these applications and we can assist you, too. Make sure you get your application right the first time! Contact us using the form on the right or call us at the number above.

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 “How to Renew a PR Card

  1. Mohammad

    My PR is about to expire and I have not fulfill the required residency in Canada. Is there any way to renew it? I couldn’t stay a lot in Canada due my business which I have in UAE.

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Mohammad. Yes there is a way to renew your PR given the fact that you have not met the minimum stay requirements, but I strongly recommend that you do not attempt to do it on your own. We see too many people who think that it is simple and then face a rejection because they did not understand the subtlety of the process. To make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and to have a legal team taking care of all your matters, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at You need to act quickly.
      Regards, Vahe


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