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Canadian PR Card Renewal on Humanitarian Grounds

Dear Niren,
My family have applied for citizenship and also PR Card renewal and meet the requirements.I do not have the residency requirements for renewal.Please advise me whether I qualify for the renewal on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds as I own property and my family resides in Canada.
Regards
Hillary

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Applying for a PR Card renewal where you have not met the residency requirements (2 years in Canada within the last 5 years of applying) can be challenging. In order to maximize your chances of success, it is important that you provide Citizenship and Immigration Canada with a credible explanation for your absence from Canada along with supporting documentation to back it up. Further, it is important to show that you intend to and are able to maintain your residency going forward should your PR Card be renewed. Such applications based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds require careful preparation.  We  have written extensively on this subject here and here.

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83 thoughts on “Canadian PR Card Renewal on Humanitarian Grounds

  1. jignesh shah

    hi!,
    i was once pr for Canada have left Canada since my parents were not leaving there.my pr card expired in 2013.now i am 17 year old. i want to join Canadian university for higher education.

    If I apply for a study permit, I will have to pay International fees.

    Is there anyway, I can renew my PR status considering that I was forced to leave? Or will I have to go by the International student route?

    Some people tell me that as I was a minor there is a high chance that they will grant me a new PR as it wasn’t my decision. I personally know somebody who has been successful in a similar case but for the US.
    do i apply for travelling document now on h& c ground as i was removed by my parents as minor?
    please guide.
    thank you.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Jignesh,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to take a closer look at your case and better understand your background to help determine the best pathway for you to come study in Canada. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. 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 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. Ken

    Hi Muga Rajbhandari

    I am ken here. I had earlier given a queiry concerning expired PR card. Could be kind enough to reply. I would be highly obliged to a response

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ken,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. 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 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
  3. Ken

    Hi Michael,
    I landed in Toronto 20th April 2012 and after 5 days went back to India to wind my duties there. However begining September 2012 my mother was suddenly afflicted with illness which rendered her to bed and could not move about and needed me at that point. She was in hospital for over a month and I decided to stay back to look after her seeing her physical situation as she is 87 years old. Again September 2013 she again got the same illness and had to be hospitalised. I decided to remain back as she needed someone full time. In 2015 when everything was perfect I flew back to Canada and worked in Calgary for 3 months keeping my mother in the custody of a nurse. However due to personal reasons the nurse left and I had to leave my job in Calgary and come back to India. The same old routine of looking after began. Again kept her in custody of a nurse and went back and joined work in Canada. She was again hospitalised and I had to again leave my job and come back to be in the hospital and pay the hospital dues.

    I can tell I could not stay back in Canada to fulfill my RO. I went back to Canada in 12th June 2017 before my My card expiry 21 June 2017. I made up my mind to stay for 2 full years to complete my RO. I got a job and was working comfortably when on 8th July 2017 I got a call from my wife that my son is seriously sick and cannot even lift himself from bed. She needed me at this time. I finally came back to India risking my Canadian PR.

    Can you help me renew my PR status. I have all the medical reports and clinical notes for both my mother and son as proof.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ken,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may qualify for renewing your PR status. We have helped thousands of clients get PR status here in Canada. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. 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 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
  4. Puneet Singh

    Hello
    I am in India at the moment and my permanent resident card is expired. I would need sometime to be able to give you a proper background in order to prepare strong grounds for renewal of my PR card. Regards

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Puneet,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you renew your PR card. We have helped many clients in your situation. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. 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 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
  5. Jaime

    Hi
    I got My PR status in Feb 2007, and lived in Canada until Nov 2011, My PR card expired in 2012, i did not come because i was studying in my country. I also have a daughter living in Canada. Can I get a travel document? How long it will take?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jamie. 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 and your daughter. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Hardeep

    Hello There

    My Parents got PR in 2012 and they laded in Canada in April 2012 and after 2 months they went back and ,their PR card is expiring in July 2017 and they they are panning to come back to Canada ,the reason for this long absence was medical issue and family issues as well

    As their PR card expires in 6 months can they be able to enter Canada
    and what are the options for renewal as they have only 2 months stay in Canada

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Hardeep. 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. Hersh

    Hi,

    I am writing this thread to seek some immigration advice. Me and my wife got Canadian PR in 2012 and our PR card is expiring in July 2017. We went to Canada for a short visit (about 10 days) in May 2012 and came back to UK. I am currently in UK since 2002 and we both have British Citizenship.
    We were not able to fulfill residency requirement of PR in last few years due to the following reasons;
    1. My brother passed away in 2011 in India and I had all my family responsibilities/commitments to fulfill before I can immigrate to Canada.
    2. I do not had my passport from June 2012 – Dec 2012 as my passport was with UK Home Office for visa renewal.
    3. My UK Citizenship was due in 2013 and therefore I stay in UK for a specified time to avail that by end of 2013.
    4. I have to find a suitable match for my younger sister as per Hindu religion/law and therefore I have to move back India for one and half year (from March 2014-Sept 2015) to look for a suitable alliance and she got married in Feb 2015.
    5. During my sister’s marriage we suffered financial losses due to riots and other expenses therefore I was not financially stable to support ourselves if we would had immigrated to Canada after my sister’s marriage in Feb 2015.

    I am a Software Test Engineer by profession and since last few years I have been looking for jobs in Canada from UK but no luck therefore I have now decided to immigrate and look for the jobs whilst in Canada (Alberta: Calgary). I wanted to immigrate to Canada long ago but due to personal and financial commitments I was not able take risks but now all the things in life have sorted and I want to start a new life in Calgary, AB, Canada from Feb 2017.

    Could you please let me know the following;
    1. What could be my best options if I am interrogated by CBSA immigration officer as I have not fulfilled residency requirement and wants to immigrate under current circumstances.
    2. If they do not consider my case/circumstances and decide to cancel my residency/PR, will I be allowed to hire a lawyer who can represent me and appeal against any negative decision.
    3. My circumstances are genuine therefore what could be my best options to immigrate to Canada seamlessly with current PR.

    Many thanks in advance for you reply.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. Let’s look at more of your details. 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
  8. B.R. Singh

    Hi

    I became a permanent resident in 1998 along with my parents. I had to complete my education so I kept on returning to canada on returning residence permits. I stayed in canada for an year in 2003 till 2004.I returned to India for my internship but got married and stayed behind. I could not go back because my son was very small and required my full time attention.I visited again in Oct 2008 till Feb 2009.MY PR renewal application was abandoned.

    I wish to return back to Canada now because my parents who are Canadian citizens are old now.I am their only child so they want me to be there.
    I have a six month old daughter whom I want to go with me

    Should I apply for a TRV for both of us and apply for permanent residence once I enter Canada?

    How should I proceed.Kindly guide

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Thank you for writing to us. As you have experienced already, immigration can be very complex. In order to assist you we will need to know more about 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
  9. Swati

    Hi Team,

    After spending just a week in Canada in August 2016 I had to travel back to India due to some family obligations. I have not received my PR card as the photograph that I provided got rejected.
    I wish to travel back to Canada now but do not have a PR card. How do I travel back without a PR card? I suppose I do not meet the residency obligation, because during this period
    (i) I was not staying with my husband who stayed back in Canada and has a PR card now, and
    (ii) I was not employed with a Canadian firm.

    Can I travel back to Canada on humanitarian grounds?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Swati. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our Canadian immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you after we learn about all the details of your case and determine the exact amount of time that you spent in Canada, and when you applied for your PR status. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  10. Mathew

    Hello; I was in Toronto from June 2000 to May 2007. I left Canada with my wife and my minor son ( both canadian citizens) in May 2007. My PR card expired in may 2008. I have been staying with them ever since I left Canada. Does this staying with my wife for all this days , make up for my absence from Canada ? Can i get the PR Travel document based on this ? staying with spouse for all this time ? we plan to come back to start my son’s education in Toronto.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Mathew. If your wife, the Canadian citizen, is the one that had to be out of the country, then the time that you spent with her abroad will count towards your physical residency requirement. You must have well documented proof that you were together. If on the other hand, the reason that you had to be abroad is because of a reason of yours, then the time will not be counted. 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 and your family. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  11. Raman

    we landed in Toronto in 2012 and we have a vaild PR Card till july 2017. My wife and me have spent only 5 month is Canada where as my children have completed two years of stay. I was not able get a suitable employment and I had to support my children initially and hence I had to return to Dubai to work. Presently they do not require my assistance and they are on their own. I feel I can make one more try to get a employment since the situation seems okay now. I am presently 51 years old. Will I be able to get PR extension at this stage.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Raman, There may still be an option available to you so that you can extend your PR status. You still have 1 year to show that you are making an effort to complete your physical residency requirements. 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 based on all the detail of your case. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  12. Ahmad Asim Khan

    We are (Myself and wife with three children) resident of Canada having PR card till the End of May 2018. My children was having severe cold and sick once We visited to Canada two years ago. Then We decided not to live in Canada and will come back once they grown up and having good immune system. I am trying my level best to find job in Canada but could not get it due to economic crises. I have to provide financial support to my parent, my jobless brother’s family, and my family (three kids and wife), how can I support them if I moved to Canada without job. that’s why We are not moving right now. I am doing job in inspection filed in oil & gas sector in UAE and living my family here. I would like to ask you what kind of documents should I prepare right now, once I will apply for PR extension on H&C ground or any other applicable ground, my case will be strong. I should be very thank full about your advice in this matter. I would like to take your services also for application of PR card extension.

    Thank You.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ahmad. It looks like you still have time to fulfill your physical residency requirements before May 2018. 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 and your family. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  13. Rubeel

    Hi,

    I was a minor when we got our landing in 2001. We lived in canada for almost one year but moved back with my father to Pakistan for personal reasons (my grand mother was sick and then she passed away). Not fulfilling the residency obligations my father never moved back to Canada and we all stayed in our home country.

    I have since then resided in Pakistan and completed my education and started a business. I am now married as well for the last 4 years. I did not know about the possibility of claiming the permanent residence status on H&C grounds earlier. I am now 29 years old.

    My older brother lives in Canada and is a permanent resident for the last 3 years.

    Do you suggest that I try to revive my PR status on H&C ground or try and apply for a fresh PR status through one of the immigration process currently available. What will be a more suitable and time effective method for myself and my wife to migrate to Canada as we are keen to live there and I would have definitely chosen to live in Canada and revive the PR status had I known about the possibilities earlier.

    Thank You.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rubeel,

      From what you have written you may have several potential paths given that you had PR status in 2001. We will need to know a lot more about you and the circumstances to your 2001 PR. 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
  14. Claudio John Silveira

    Hi,
    I would like to renew my PR card on H&C grounds as I didn’t fill the residency obligations. It expired in 2008 and I’m living in Brazil.
    Would it be possible to consult with you just by email?
    It’s much easier for me to write than to speak English.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Claudio. The consultation needs to be done by phone or skype, or in-person; it cannot be done via email exchange. Would you be able to find a translator who will be able to help you?
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  15. Sukhminder

    Hi,

    I have parents in India who had PR status in 2007 august. They stayed for about a few years here with us but had to return to India.

    But my mother fell ill in India and had retinal surgery and was advised against air travel . Subsequently she was identified with cancer and fell ill with pneumonia and could not travel to canada and her PR expired in 2012 Aug. My father had to stay back with her.
    I had to go back to India as they needed support as they had been living with me before in 2008 and stayed for different periods with them till 2012.

    Now they are better, but still under medications, and and can travel and would like to join me in Canada and I would like to look after them .But they have been unable to meet the residency requirements for PR.

    I want your advise if they have a chance for a PR renewal . If yes ,how should i proceed.

    I would appreciate a response.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sukhminder. Thank you for writing to us. Even though your parents did not renew their PR card, they still have PR status. There is a chance for PR renewal. They would need a travel visa to get back to Canada, and a case could be made for them on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. 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 to get their PR reinstated. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  16. Jay Joshi

    Hello, I have had PR for Canada in Dec 2009, and returned back to UK in order to complete process of closing everything out there and then finally coming back to canada. During that tenure my son had been ill on 3 different ocassion and once critically where he was ventilated (Jun-Jul 2011). These became showstoper for me to get to canada. Finally when i was ready and packed, Feb 2012, got message from India and this resulted in me going to India to take care of my mother who was seriously ill too. I, along with my family have been there since, just returned back to UK this September 2015. My PR technically expired on Dec 2014, I wanted to know what options lie. Is it possible to renew my PR, if so how and what are the steps. If not then what are the other options which I can take to get there. If you can let me know it will be a great help.
    Many Thanks
    Jay Joshi

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquire Jay, I am really glad that you contacted us.

      There are options for us to help you get your PR back, but first we need to assess the case with it’s fullest details.

      Depending on how much time has elapsed since your PR card expired, there may be a chance for us
      to restore your status here in Canada.

      I am sorry to hear about the hardships that you faced. I have consulted with many
      individuals in a similar situation.

      Please Jay, 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 get you
      status again here in Canada.

      VM

      Reply
  17. Jaya

    I have met the PR renewal requirements and have applied for PR renewal and citizenship. My husband could not satisfy residency obligation as he could not get a job in his area of interest. He is still continuing to pursue his career in Canada. His PR will be expiring in December 2015. Is it better for him to apply for PR renewal on H&C grounds or should I apply for his PR afresh after I get my PR renewed? Please advice which one is correct approach.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Jaya,

      Thank you for your inquiry. This is a serious matter that I do not recommend you proceed without the assistance of an Immigration Legal Professional. In order to determine the best route for you to proceed with, I would need to learn more details about your situation. Kindly complete this form for me Jaya, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me the information I need to advise you accordingly. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  18. dr sandeep kumar yadu

    HI
    MY P.R.CARD WILL EXP.IN NOV 2015 AND ISTAYED 30 DAYS IN CANADA .MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER BOTH GOT CITIZENSHIP IN NOV 2014 .MY WIFE IS IN CANADA BUT MY DAUGHTER IS WITH ME IN INDIA SHE IS 15 ONLY .NOW I AM THINKING OF RENEWING MY P.R.ON THIS GROUND WHAT IS YOUR ADVISE

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Dr. Sandeep,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Because you have resided in Canada well below the residency requirement, if you try to apply to renew this on your own there is a good chance it will be refused. Please email me directly at [email protected] so that I can schedule a consultation with you to gather more details so I can properly advise you on what steps you need to take to help you keep you PR here in Canada. MF

      Reply
  19. felicity

    Hi, if may travel document specifing humantarian and compassionate grounds is approved by Canada (my PR has expired and I did not meet residency obligation), and I get to return to Canada with the document to apply for renewal of my PR, does it mean I will get approved for the renewal since my humantarian and compassionate grounds have been accepted when applying for travel document already, or they are completely two different assessments and would not guarantee a success? Meanwhile, I thought I could also use a visa to land in Canada to apply for renewal of PR, so why bother with getting a travel document?

    The other question is can I still apply for renewal of PR citing humantarian and compassionate grounds by not being present in Canada as long as I provide them with my Canadian mailing address. They would not know whether I am present in Canada when applying for renewal, would they? unless they check custom records.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Felicity,

      You should be able to renew your PR if you have been approved on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  20. Diana

    Hello,

    I am here to seek some urgent advice. Your forum is very helpful and full of relevant information. Thank-you for providing us with a place to seek guidance.

    My fathers PR card is expiring next year. He has only stayed in Canada for 3 months. He tried really hard but was unable to find a job here in his field and therefore decided to go back home and work there in order to support our family. My mother, brother and myself are in Canada from a long time and meet all residency requirements. Both me and my mother have started working part-time jobs and my brother is in high school. He is also being treated at Sick Kids due to his medical issues.

    Finally, my father has got a job offer from a Canadian firm.The job involves a lot of travelling outside Canada. He is good to travel till August next year since his PR would be valid. But what happens when he submits an application for PR renewal on H&C grounds? Will he be allowed to stay in Canada while the application is processing? Is a temporary visa issued in such cases? How long does it usually take for a decision to be made? Also should he apply for renewal as soon as he is back in Canada?

    Any reply from your side will be much appreciated. Please guide me.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Diana,

      If your father does not meet the residency requirements, he may be able to renew his PR card on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds, but you should seek the advice of an experienced immigration lawyer in order to maximize your chances of success, as you must be able to clearly demonstrate with evidence his connection to Canada as well as the compelling nature of his physical presence abroad over the past few years. Fortunately, this is something that we can definitely assist you with, as we have successfully helped many people in your situation before. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  21. shafi

    thanks Niren,

    can i go back to my country as my pr card is not vaild and my application in process for the renwal at H &C , last four month no answer form the cic.

    is it possible i can get trava document in canada before going to my country?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Shafi

      You can indeed go back but if you do, you will have to apply for a Travel Document for your return to Canada. But there is no guarantee that you will be approved so their is a risk involved in doing it this way. I hope that helped. Michael

      Reply
  22. pb1

    My PR Card will expire in august 2012, but I will not have met the residency obligation requirement. However, my parents and my brother live in Canada and they are applying for citizenship. Do you think I can submit an application for a renewal? What kind of documentation do I need to show?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      If you PR card will expire and you have not meet the residency requirement, you can still apply based on Humanitarian grounds explaining that despite your absence, you have not abandoned your intention to reside in Canada

      Reply
  23. shafi

    dear sir,

    what is the process time for the application under humanitarian and compassionate ground, i do not meet the residency obligation. missing 210 days due to study and marriage in pakistan.

    My PR Card has been expaired in may 2012.
    i am in canada living in winnipeg.

    Please guide me.
    how long it take to process my application at H& C ground.?

    Can go back to pakistan while my case is in process?

    i am not working , just take care of my old father who is living with my me , my brother support us all the time.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello

      Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications can take around 18 months to process or sometimes longer. H and C cases must be submitted to a processing centre in Alberta and the application will then be forwarded to a local CIC office. You may be asked to come in for an interview. Contat us at [email protected] for an eligibility assessment for your Humanitarian application.

      Reply
  24. Preetam

    Hi Michael,

    Our PR cards (me & wife), will expire in December 2012. We have been going on & off to Canada but could not make the residency obligations….me because of binding to work and sponsorship by Govt to follow a course, and wife because of serious illness and eventual operation.

    On the other hand, .My two sons are both well settled, and will soon be applying for citizenship in September 2012. They have been working since they are there.

    We helped them to buy property, by transferring money from home country, Mauritius. We also helped them to buy car, etc.We supported them a lot during the beginning from over here…

    We’ll be coming to Canada (Toronto) in August 2012 and stay until November 2012.

    Please advise on best way to apply for PR card renewal for me and wife, documents needed, whether we need to contact you when we get there, etc…

    Hope to hear from you soon.Regards…

    Preetam.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Preetam,

      Thank you for your question. Given your circumstances, you may be eligible for a PR Card renewal. We have to show proper settlement for this case. You are welcome to contact us at [email protected] to arrange for a consultation
      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  25. profitcentre

    Hello,

    My friend returned to India two years after he recieved his PR Card to get married. Unfortunately, he divorced and he applied for his PR Card renewal from India. Please advise if it was okay for him to apply for his PR Card renewal from India.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Hi,

      Based on the information provided, it seems okay that he applied for his PR Card renewal from India. However, I recommend that he contacts a qualified immigration lawyer in order to better assess your situation.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  26. Samia

    Hello,

    I became a Permanent Resident of Canada on May 3, 2010 but I only stayed in Canada for 10 days to go back to my home country for family reasons. Unfortunately, I could not wait until I recieved my PR Card.

    Only recently, I received a letter saying that there were some problems with the photo I submitted.

    Can I apply for a travel document as I need to travel to Canada by February 2012.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Samia,

      It is not so clear from the fact whether you have indeed become a Permanent Resident. Travel Documents are only for permanent residents outside of Canada who need proof of their status in order to return to Canada. I would consult an immigration lawyer with the letters and other documents you received from immigration to better assess your situation.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  27. Schroff

    Dear sirs,

    I would like to have your advice on my mother’s situation.

    My mom is a PR in Canada and her PR card expires in August, 2011. We are currently outside Canada but planning to return to Canada in July, 2011. Can she re-enter Canada in July, 2011 even if she has not met her residency obligation?

    Thanks,

    Schroff

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Schroff,

      As long as her PR Card remains valid until August, 2011, she may return to Canada in July, 2011. Her having not met the residency obligation becomes an issue when she tries to renew her PR Card.

      Thank you.

      Reply
      1. Schroff

        Thank you Alicia for your prompt response. Your website is really very informative.

        Looking at some of your previous responses, I gather that we can apply on Humaritarian and Compassionate grounds for her absence from Canada based on the fact that she has been looking after my young son. Also, as she always accompanied me, a Canadian citizens abroad, she can count this period towards her residency obligation?

        Please advise.

        Kind regards,

        Schroff

        Reply
        1. Alicia Kim

          Dear Schroff,

          Yes. She may count each day that she accompanied you provided that you are her Canadian citizen spouse outside Canada. Also, she may be eligible to apply on H&C grounds based on the fact that she had urgent or important family obligations that prevented her from returning to Canada.

          Thank you.

          Reply
          1. Schroff

            Hi Alicia,

            Just wanted to verify, can a retired widowed mother who is supported by her only daughter outside Canada count each day she accompanies her daughter towards her residency obligation? Her daughter is a Canadian citizen.

            Thanks and Regards,

            Schroff

            Reply
            1. Alicia Kim

              Dear Schroff,

              If your mother is a PR and you are a Canadian citizen, your mother won’t be able to count each day she accompanies you outside Canada. The rule is that one may count each day that s/he accompanied a Canadian citizen outside Canada provided that the person s/he accompanied is his/her spouse or parent.

              However, your mother may be eligible to apply under the Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds, depending on the reason why she had to remain outside Canada (i.e. illness, important family obligations etc). These grounds are for those who do not qualify under the general exceptions to the residency rules. If you could give me more detailed information surrounding the circumstances, I may be able to give you a better answer.

              Thank you.

              Reply
  28. Jayapala Reddy

    Hi,

    I landed in Canada with my wife and two kids in June, 2006 and became a Permanent Resident in June, 2006.

    Due to my brother’s urgent medical condition, we had to leave Canada after spending only fifty days in Canada. My brother had an accident and my parents really needed me to help them take care of my brother.

    Now my brother recovered. But, our PR Cards are expiring in July, 2011 and we want to move back to Canada.

    Can I apply for a renewal while in India? Should I renew on the Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds? What documents are necessary? What is your fee and how long is it going to take for you to prepare my application package?
    Please feel free to reply to my email address.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,

    Jayapal

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Jayapala,

      You may apply for a renewal while you are in India. You would need to provide any documents showing your ties to Canada (i.e. copies of your PR Cards or bank accounts) and all the documents related to your brother’s illness (i.e. Your brother’s doctor’s notes, hospital records or prescriptions). Your complete application package will be prepared as soon as you provide us with all the required documents.

      As legal fees vary depending on the complexity of your case, I would suggest that you consult one of our lawyers with more detailed information.

      Thank you.

      Reply
    2. Alicia Kim

      Also, if you left for India after spending only fifty days in Canada, you might not have enough ties to Canada to show to Immigration. Under these circumstances, it may be advisable for you to return to Canada before your PR Card expires in July, 2011 and try to strengthen your ties to Canada (i.e. by buying a family home, looking for employment, opening a bank account). This will show a strong intention on your part to settle in Canada and help your application become more persuasive.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  29. Pearl

    Hi,

    My PR Card will expire in October, 2011, but I will not have met the residency obligation requirement. However, my husband and my children live in Canada and they are applying for citizenship. I used to go visit them every year. Do you think I can submit an application for a renewal? What kind of documentation do I need to show?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Pearl,

      As long as you maintain ties to Canada, you may apply for a renewal. In your case, you should submit documentation demonstrating your family ties – the fact that you have immediate family members in Canada and they are applying for Canadian citizenship. Other supporting documents may include Canadian bank accounts, mortgages, income tax returns or investments you may have in Canada.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  30. uma

    My friend has her PR card valid through March, 2013. She has not been to Canada after her initial landing. Can she go in March 2011 without any issues?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Uma,

      As long as her PR Card remains valid, she can always travel to Canada without any problem.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  31. deven

    Dear Mr. Deven,

    My PR Card expired in August, 2009. I visited only once in 2004 for landing. I need to renew my PR Card now. Can your office help me? What is the expense involved and how long does it take to apply for renewal? What’s the processing time for PR Renewal now?

    Deven

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Mr. Deven,

      If you did not meet your residency obligations, you may still renew your PR on the Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds. It is important to note that as H&C applications involve a lot of discretion on the part of the immigration officers reviewing your case, you need to make your case as persuasive as possible. The current processing time for PR renewal is around 220 days.

      Our office will certainly be able to assist you with your PR renewal. As the legal fees may vary depending on particular individual circumstances, you need to first speak directly with our office. Please let me know if you are interested in retaining our firm.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  32. B

    Hi,

    My parents are from Pakistan and returned to Pakistan after getting their PR Cards. They have not been able to go back to Canada because they had to wind up their business and property in Pakistan and were sick. Now their PR Cards are going to expire soon. Can they renew their PR Cards?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Mr. B,

      If they have not met their residency obligations (two years within the past five years), they may still be able to renew their PR Cards on the Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C)grounds. However, you may need a qualified immigration lawyer to make this application as there is a lot of discretion involved on the part of immigration officers reviewing your case and the success of the application depends greatly on the persuasiveness of your submissions.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  33. san

    Hi,

    My PR Card expires in 2012. When should I apply to renew my PR Card?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear San,

      You should apply before your PR Card expires.
      Once you apply, you may remain in Canada while your PR Card renewal application in process even after your PR Card expires.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  34. Rahul

    Hi,

    I got my Canadian PR card in June, 2006 and it is valid until June, 2011. I returned to my native country (India) in Aug, 2006 because I had to complete my education. Upon graduation, I continued to stay and worked in India. For this reason, I never got a chance to go back to Canada since Aug, 2006.

    Now I have an opportunity to work in Canada for a Canadian firm for a short duration. My stay there might be extended depending on the circumstances. Now, having a valid PR card until June, 2011 would I be able to re-enter Canada? Would I be able to renew my PR Card after my PR Card expires?

    Kindly let me know in case you need further details.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Rahul,

      Yes. You may re-enter Canada with your valid PR Card. You may also remain in Canada while your renewal application is in process after June, 2011.
      To renew your PR Card, you may apply under the Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. You need to explain in your submissions that you had to return to Canada in order to complete your education in India. Because you need to demonstrate strong ties to Canada, the fact that you have employment in Canada is a useful factor that can strenghthen your application.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  35. Canadian PR

    I have a question. If your PR Card expires, and you have been living in the country for only one year (out of the 5 year period) and are employed by a Canadian company currently, does that count as humanitarian grounds ?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      If you were residing outside of Canada for more than 3 years in a 5 year period but working for a Canadian company you may be able to count those days towards your PR Card renewal. If you are just recently employed by a Canadian company inside or outside of Canada but have not met the residency requirements during your PR card validity, the fact that you work for a Canadian company could factor in a Humanitarian PR Card renewal but more information is needed to determine if you would be a good candidate.

      Reply
  36. Natasha

    Dear Niren

    I got my PR 2004. I applied to renew my PR in 2009 then Canada immigration asked couple of documents. I wasn’t able to provide them the information within a certain time frame, they gave me a 180 day period to provide them with these papers. But they considered my application abandoned. Do you think I might be eligible to apply one more time under compassionate and humanitarian grounds?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello
      If Canada Immigration declared your PR abandoned, then you would have to reapply for PR from scratch. However, in most cases, you would have an Admissibility hearing to determine that you lost your PR.

      Reply
  37. Aimee

    Hi there,
    just wondering my moms PR card will expired soon but she went home to philippines 2 yrs ago can she still renew her PR card without going back here in canada? Or can she renew it in canadian embassy in philippines.. Thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      She can renew her PR card overseas provided she has met the Canadian residency requirements but she will gave to pick up her new card in Canada

      Reply
  38. Nk

    Hi Niren,

    Very interesting and informative details…Here is my scenario :

    I am obtained PR Status in 2005 along with my family. However I have been studying in India/Buffalo since 2005 and have spent just about a year in Canada collectively. Most of my visits have been during vacations either from India or Buffalo. Obviously that means I have not been able to meet the basic Residency req’ts (2 year stay). My PR expires in May 2010 and right now I am on an F1 visa Status in Buffalo…

    My questions are :
    1. What are your thoughts on how to apply for my renewal of PR?
    2. Do you think I might be eligible to apply or appeal under compassionate grounds ?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Thank you for your compliment. You can apply for a renewal but since you have not met the residency requirements, you will have to apply (not appeal unless you are refused) on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. To successfully do so we would have to look deeper into your situation and prepare a strong case for approval.

      Reply

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