What Happens if Your Canadian PR Card Expires?

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!

Michael Niren

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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