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As of 2002, people who have permanent resident status in Canada are given a permanent resident card, which is also sometimes referred to as the PR card. This permanent resident card is an identity document, and a very important one – it allows you to return to Canada if you travel abroad. Many permanent residents enjoy traveling abroad for pleasure or to visit their family, and that’s why it’s extra important to make sure your permanent resident card is valid. Your permanent resident card will expire after five years.
Upon realizing your permanent resident card is going to expire soon (about three months before the expiry date on your card is best), a permanent resident must make an application to renew their card. However, the permanent resident card renewal process is more than merely filling out paperwork. You must ensure that all of your supporting documents are in order and that you have met the residency obligation, which means that you have spent at least 2 of the past 5 years within Canada.
When you renew your permanent resident card, you must also be physically present in Canada. This can pose a problem if your permanent resident card has expired while you were in a different country. If this happens, you will have to visit your closest Canadian office abroad so you can obtain a travel document. Once you have a travel document, you can then return to Canada where you can apply for a permanent resident card as usual.
We are an immigration law firm that handles applications for permanent resident card renewals, including urgent renewals or applications where there are apparent obstacles such as a permanent resident card that has expired outside of Canada or someone who has not met the residency requirement. Don’t leave your important permanent resident card renewal application up to chance – if your application is denied, your permanent resident status in Canada could be in jeopardy. Contact us as soon as possible if you realize your permanent resident card is about to expire, or if you are experiencing any problems that make your permanent resident card renewal application more difficult than usual.