Are you a permanent resident in Canada? You may know that your permanent resident card contains an expiry date, and that when your permanent resident card is ready to expire you will need to submit an application to renew it.

But what if you wait too long and don’t renew your permanent resident card? If you are in Canada and you don’t renew your permanent resident card, it’s similar to a Canadian citizen not renewing their passport. They don’t lose their citizenship, but it can cause problems.

It is even more of an issue for Canadian permanent residents, because permanent residency in Canada is more conditional than permanent.

The importance of renewing your permanent resident card

If you do not renew your permanent resident card, you will not have proof of your permanent resident status, and you will be unable to re-enter Canada should you leave the country. While you may be putting off the renewal of your permanent resident card, it can take several months for this application to be processed and you may have to leave Canada unexpectedly. If this is the case, you can find yourself in a bit of trouble – you’ll have to apply for a travel document in order to travel back to Canada, and this can be inconvenient.

One of the components of renewing your permanent resident card in Canada is showing that you have met the residency requirement, for which you will need documentation and evidence. If you wait too long, it can be much harder to compile all of this documentation – and if you cannot prove you have met the residency requirement, your permanent residency status could be in trouble.

Do you need help renewing your permanent resident card? We can help you!

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

11 thoughts on “What Happens if Your Canadian PR Card Expires?

  1. sheikh A Khalid

    hi , i am glad to visit this website. i had PR status but i left canada for more than than 12 years now and my PR card expired while i was in Pakistan. I want to know how can i apply to get my PR status back of i have to apply again for immigrant visa. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Mr. Khalid,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible to renew your PR status. We would be happy to take a closer look at your case to help guide you through the process. 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. Harshal

    Hi, I live in US on temporary visa. We applied & got Canadian PR in 2011. We also completed the landing process but never moved there. Now the cards are expired & not sure if there is a way to renew them while living in USA. Please let me know.

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Harshal,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible to renew or reapply for PR Cards, however we would have to take a closer look at your case to better determine this. 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. Kumar

    Hi, I am an Indian and I am 28 now. I would like to apply for PR in canada. I have completed my Masters in Computer Application and Bachelors in Computer Application. Having 18years of continuous education with no gap. I have 4.5years of corporate experience in Graphic Designing. Will I get PR easily and how much do I need to score in IELTS?

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  4. Amir Moghdama

    My PR card was expired 3 years ago and I am living outside Canada. should I try to get a travel document to come back and apply for renewal in 2 years , or I should forgot this card , and apply for being an immigrant again?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hello Amir,

      I am really glad that you contacted us. Depending on how much time has elapsed since your Canada visa 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 here…I have consulted with many individuals, who also suffered due to the confusion of which visa to choose. Please Amir, 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.

      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. Waheed Shah

    Hi,

    I need to know if I cant come to Canada in the first 4 years due to my job contract and then get back to Canada with one year remaining in my PR validity but my family and kids are already there in Canada as residents for 3 years. Will they renew my PR card in such situation as I would not complete my 730 days in 5 years?

    Regards

    Shah

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

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

      Reply
  6. Ola

    I feel that my residency is in a big risk because I lived a lot of problems in the past I should have to renew my card in 2010 but I didn’t because my kids problems under 18 and after 18 years old am in a big trouble and I scare to apply because of all the legal problems had in the past years
    Me personally never get convinced with any crime since I arrived to Canada my kids yes..before 18 and after18..I need your advice..

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ola. You must make renewing your PR card a top priority. 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

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