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Renewing your permanent resident card, or PR card, is something that Canadian permanent residents must do every five years as their permanent resident cards expire. Maintaining a valid permanent resident card is a requirement of being a permanent resident in Canada, because it offers proof of your permanent resident status while also allowing permanent residents to leave and re-enter Canada, traveling as they please.
However, if you allow your permanent resident card to expire it can post a significant amount of problems for you. You won’t be able to travel, and it may be more difficult for you to renew your permanent resident card later on.
1. To renew your permanent resident card you will need to ensure that you fill out the proper forms to renew your card. It is wise to apply to renew your application at least six months before it expires.
2. Your application form will include a document checklist, which is a list of documents that are required for your application. This list includes all kinds of documents, including ones that show evidence you’ve spent the required amount of time living in Canada.
3. There are other documents you will have to include in your application to renew your permanent resident card, including passport photos and the receipt for your processing fee, which costs $50.
4. Meet with a licensed immigration lawyer to discuss your application. This will ensure that your application and the supporting documents are all in proper order and formatted correctly. This can ensure that your application is ready for processing.
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