Canadian Permanent Residents do not typically spend all of their time in Canada – many travel abroad to visit family or for business. Because Permanent Resident Cards (PR Cards) expire every five (5) years, there’s a chance that you could be outside of Canada when it expires.
If your PR Card expires while you’re outside of Canada, it can pose a bit of a problem. This is because your PR Card is required to get back into Canada.
What you need to do is obtain a Travel Document as soon as you realize your PR Card has expired outside of Canada. This can be done at the Canadian office in whatever country you’re in.
Just like applying for a PR Card Renewal, you will need to prove you meet the residency requirements in Canada to be approved for a Travel Document to get back into Canada. However, if you do not meet the requirements you still may be able to make humanitarian and compassionate arguments if you have important reasons for remaining outside of Canada for so long.
For more information on renewing an expired PR Card or obtaining a Travel Document, click here.
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