Renew Your PR Card Before It Expires
Did you know that your PR card, or permanent resident card, will expire every five years? You are responsible for renewing your card every time it is about to expire, but it is important that you do not wait too long to do so.
Once you mail in your application package, it can take several weeks or even months to process and you must take this time into account when you are deciding how soon to submit your application.
As of March 27th, 2013, the average permanent residency card application processing time for initial cards, replacement cards and renewals for existing permanent residents is 73 calendar days, so you should be prepared to submit your application well before it expires.
How to renew your permanent residency card in Canada
1. Fill out an application form to renew your permanent resident card, ensuring that you don’t miss any spaces or leave anything blank.
2. Create your application package using the required supporting documents. Different supporting documents are needed for different situations, so ensure that you read and understand the instructions.
3. Have a licensed immigration lawyer review your application package to renew your permanent resident card, which will make sure that your application is ready for processing and help avoid a delay or denial.
4. Photocopy your application, including your supporting documents and the courier slip itself if you submit it that way to ensure you have a complete copy for your records.
5. Submit your application.
Do you have questions about your permanent residency card renewal application? Are you concerned about meeting the residency requirement, or do you need your renewed permanent resident card right away? We can help you! Contact us at the number above for assistance.
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
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