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Expiring Canadian Permanent Resident Cards or a Canadian PR Card that has expired

What to do about an expiring or expired Canadian Permanent Resident Card

Canadian Permanent Resident cards (Canadian PR cards) are valid for a period of five years and need to be renewed in order for someone’s permanent residence status to remain valid.

Expiring Canadian PR Card

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recommends that a person with a Canadian PR card about to expire applies for a PR card renewal at least two months before the PR card expires.

The immigration officer who receives your application for PR card renewal will review your employment history, address and any travel outside of Canada in order to ensure you meet the residency requirements (living in Canada for 730 days within the past five years) for having your PR card renewed.

After the PR card is renewed, applicants will receive a notice in the mail telling them their new card is ready, upon which they have 180 days to pick up their new Canadian Permanent Resident card.

Expired Canadian PR Card

In some cases, a Canadian Permanent Resident may have to leave the country unexpectedly or have a personal emergency and be unable to renew their PR card before it expires.

If this happens, you must apply for a Travel Document at the Canadian office in the country you are currently in, but you must still meet the residency requirement and have lived in Canada for 730 days within the last five years. However, you can also try humanitarian and compassionate arguments if you have not met the residency requirement.

If you do run into this problem, it’s a good idea to speak to a qualified immigration lawyer.

Refused Canadian PR Card Renewal

PR Card renewal forms can be refused if an applicant has not lived in Canada for at least 730 days during the past five years, or the immigration officer did not receive all of the information that was necessary. To ensure that you qualify for a Canadian PR card renewal and that all of the necessary documentation is enclosed, contact a qualified immigration lawyer to avoid PR card delays or the refusal of your Permanent Resident card renewal application.

 

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344 thoughts on “Expiring Canadian Permanent Resident Cards or a Canadian PR Card that has expired

  1. Frank Chen

    Hello, my cousin studied in Canada during 1988-1995. She became a PR when she finished her studies and came back to Taiwan. However, she has never returned to Canada since then. Nor did she have any contact with the Canadian embassy in Taiwan or elsewhere with whatsoever form.

    Six months ago, she planned to travel to canada for sightseeing with her family. She applied the ETA online but failed. She received a letter from the Canadian embassy saying that a PR is not allowed to apply ETA. They asked her to either (1) provide her past 5 years employment and income history by completing a separate form (with 4,5 pages) or (2) withdraw this ETA application.

    My friend is struggling whether she should complete the form. She is still interested to keep the PR status, but she is also worried about her tax status or other consequences (e.g. loss of PR status) even she discloses the information to the Immirgation.

    Do you have any advice on this situation?

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Frank,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to take a closer look at your cousin’s case and status to determine the direction she should take in this situation. She may be eligible to travel to canada without the eTA. 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. Chris

    Hi,

    I recently became eligible for Canadian citizenship. I haven’t traveled outside the country since i landed in 2000, and became a Permanent resident in 2013. However, my passport has expired, and i was wondering if this will affect me applying for Canadian citizenship?

    Thanks
    Chris

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Congratulations on becoming eligible for Canadian citizenship! We would love to help you during this process. To determine if the passport will impact your case, we will have to take a closer look. 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. GHANSHAM SHARMA

    I READ ALL REVIEWS FROM DIFFERENT CLIENTS.I JUST WANT TO REQUEST THAT I AM NOT MEETING 730 DAYS RESIDENCY OBLIGATION.MY PR CARD ISSUED IN 2004 AND NOW EXPIRED IN 2014 I WANT PRTD IN COMIMNG APRIL 2018.CAN U HELP ME.NO H AND C REASON ONLY ECONOMIC REASON .MY ONLY DAUGHTER IN CANADA AS CITIZEN.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ghansham,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you with the PRTD. First, we need to take a closer look at you and your case. 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 you and 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. T Thiva

    I had a Canadian RP and left Canada in 2002. Now, I am holding a British Citizenship ever since and working away from the UK. Is it any way I can re-obtain the Canadian RP? This would help as my current employer main office is based in Canada and would help me to come and work in Canada without a work visa. Unfortunately, I do not have any details of the RP card.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi T,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! I would have to take a closer look at you and your case to determine if you are eligible for Canadian immigration. 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 you and 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. sheri

    Hi,

    My husband has PR card but he did not mettle residency requirements. He stayed less than 730 days in five years. I am Canadian citizen. may I know is there any consideration for my husband that his family live in Canada to renew his PR card?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Sheri,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help your husband renew his PR card. 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 you and 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
  6. Reyhana

    Hello, My husband is from Australia but has PR in Canada. His PR card is expired for more than a year but is now doing renewal paperwork. We are planning to fly to the US and flry back to Canada. Will he be allowed back in with an expired card but has already re-applied? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Reyhana,
      I’m glad you have contacted us! I can understand how the laws and regulations for visas can be quite frustrating. Whenever traveling between countries, a valid visa is required. I’d love to help you during this journey. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers for any of your legal questions, it will also increase your chances for visa approval.

      Please Reyhana, 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 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
  7. Chandri Karu

    Hi,
    I and my family became permanent residents of Canada in July 2009. We left Canada in October 2011 and came to our home country Sri Lanka. On 28th September 2014 we returned to Canada, where my husband and son became Canadian citizens (my husband has been living in Canada before 2009 and qualified), and I applied for PR renewal, soon after which we came back to Sri Lanka on 10th October 2014 where we have been living since then. I received my new PR card, valid until February 2020. We are planning to visit Canada in April 2017. I believe I meet PR requirements since I have been living with my husband in Sri Lanka from the day he became a citizen on Canada in 2nd October 2014. Could you please confirm it. Also, when entering Canada, what sort of proof do I have to provide to indicate that we have been living together in Sri Lanka?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Chandri,
      I’m glad you have contacted us! We have helped thousands of clients in similar situations of not sure how what the process will require. Unfortunately, we would only know how long your visa would take if you were a client of ours. Hiring one of our immigration lawyers helps you during your visa process by providing step by step legal advice and conversation about your case.

      Please Chandri 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 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
  8. ALI

    Hi There, My PR card is under secondary review from CIC but now I am eligible for citizenship as per days required, Can I apply or I need to wait for my new PR card

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ali,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! Hiring an immigration lawyer will help get you all your legal questions, it will also increase your chance of visa approval. I would love to help you during this journey. 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 you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to help you obtain 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
  9. Candy Becker

    Hey there!
    My parents are in Hong Kong when they were turned around to come back to Canada because they didn’t realize their PR card expired back in Oct. 2016. They’ve been PR since 2006, with travels out of the country, but I know they’ve been in canada for more than 730 within the last 5 years. I was looking at the “Application for a permanent Resident Travel Document” and it is asking for their residency obligation, and photocopies of all their previous passports and travel documentations. How are they suppose to get copies of their passports when they are out of country and I’m too far away from their home here in Canada to get it for them? (With this, we don’t have their old passports to look at the exact date they were in and out of the country?) Please help!

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Candy,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I’m so sorry to hear about the hardships your parents have faced due to the confusion of visas. Here at VisaPlace we have helped thousands of clients in their same situation. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help get you all your legal questions, it will also increase your chance for visa approval. 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 you and your parents situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to help you obtain the correct visa for your family.

      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
  10. Kim

    Hi there,

    My Canadian PR card is expired (just today) and an application to renew it has been sent a couple of weeks ago. I need to travel to the US in 2 months but I won’t receive my new valid PR card in time as the processing time is quite long and there’s a backlog of applications. If I travel by car to the US (I have a US visa), can I still return to Canada also by car showing other documents such as Record of Landing and other Canadian government and provincial IDs, proving residency? I am not a member of the NEXUS or FAST programs.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Kim,
      I can understand how waiting for a new PR card can be frustrating, especially due to the fact you have to travel outside of the country soon! We have helped many clients in your same situation of unsure how to correctly re-enter the country without their PR card handy. 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 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 to enter Canada again.

      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
  11. MSusto

    Hello: I am writing on behalf of my friend. He traveled to another country and on his way back to Toronto at the Airport he realized that his PR was expired since March 31, 2016 and could not board the airplane. What he will have to do to get back to Toronto or at least apply for a PR travel visa?
    He has 20 plus years living in Toronto and he is been permanent resident for a long time, only travels for pleasure, this is his Home. What are the steps to follow.
    Thank you very much.
    MSusto

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi MSuto,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s hardships not being able to come back to his home in Toronto. Although it does sound like a terrible situation, we have had many clients whose PR expired and wished to renew their permanent residence status. Please have your friend 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 them and their situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get them 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
  12. Marium Aftab Butt

    Can you please info me what are the reasons comes under humanitarian grounds because my family pr card have been lost during robbery in back home (pakistan ) and according to the photo copy of the document i have with in canada they passed the expiration date and they also do not meet residency obiligation.if you can please help me out with that

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Marium. 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
  13. Asheesh

    Hello,

    I have a PR card that expires in March 2018. I have not met my residency requirement of 730 days in last 5 years. Can I still renew my PR? If not, can I re-apply for a new PR before the existing one ends?

    Thank You

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Asheesh. To renew a PR card you must fulfill the physical residency requirements. 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
  14. Leticia

    Hi there,

    I have been in Canada for the past 11
    Years, and a resident for the past 6. I just realized my PR card expired April 2016 and a few months later, my passport. I just applied for my Brazilian passport renew and will do my pr card renewal right after. Would I get in trouble for having my card expired for almost a year? I met all the requirements as well.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Leticia. 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. We will need to explore the reasons why this went un-noticed by you for so long. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  15. G R

    Hello I have an expired PR card I have no intention of renewing it I have a British passport work and live in the U.K. , if I visit Canada do I just use my British passport and apply for the new ETA system as a guest to Canada ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello, If you have no intention of using your Canadian PR then you should renounce it. 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
  16. Kate

    HI!
    My son received his Visa last July 2016 and the guardian did not realize that the visa expires in 1 and half month. My son supposed to fly yesterday but then visa is already expired. So what should I do? By the way he is travelling by himself. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Kate. I can see why you are worried. 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 give you the best solution. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  17. Mohammad

    My PR Card expires after 2 years. I originally planned to stay in Canada more than a year ago. I was unable to meat my plan because my mother diagnosed with Alzheimer. Currently she is at an advanced stage and even though I recently prepared my self to shift to Canada to stay there and already stayed during the summer time, I found my self unable, psychologically, to stay away from her at this stage. It was very difficult for me as I’m very much linked to her and accordingly I returned back to stay as much as I can with her. Now I’m trying to return to Canada but I feel as if I’m deciding to lose my mother from now. Is there anything I can do in order to maintain my PR status if I decided not to shift to Canada at this stage?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Mohammad. 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
  18. Akira

    Hi,

    I have applied for PR Renewal and I did not fulfill 730 days requirement. I got an email from CIC, they sent PR questionnaire asking about my stay in abroad and in Canada. If I complete my questionnaire and send it back to them, is there a chance for them to reject my application because i don’t satisfy the requirements?. If they do reject, what would be my next steps? Do they take any follow-up action? Would I not have PR status anymore?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Akira. There may be ways to help you so that your physical residency period can be extended to allow you to meet the requirements. We will need to know a lot 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 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  19. Rayna

    Hello.

    I have 2 questions actually. presently my PR is expired and i have 2 big project that i have to do or send off pretty soon. Does my PR card has to be valid if im going to sponsor my husband and also does my PR card has to be valid if im going to apply for my citizenship?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rayna. You should make sure that you have proper immigration status before proceeding with a spousal sponsorship and citizenship. If you missed the renewal date, but have met all the other renewal requirements, it should not take very long to get your PR card renewed. If you have not met the physical residency requirements, then 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
  20. Harrison uzo

    Hello. My parents pr had expired and they have not completed the number of days required. They both live in Canada but the pr’s just expired. How can they renew even though they don’t want to travel out anytime soon. How can they renew and what do they have to do ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Harrison. Your parents must fulfill the physical residency requirement of 730 days within the five years that they have their PR card. We may be able to help them. 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
  21. Emily

    Hi,
    My husband’s PR card has expired and he’s sending his application for renewal any day now but he is planning on going back to Brazil to visit family in December. He is afraid he won’t get the PR card in time for the trip.
    Is there a way to make it go faster? I was expecting there to be a box at the top of the application asking if you were planning on travelling soon etc. But there wasn’t.
    I was thinking that maybe if you had a copy of the ticket and sent it with the application they would try to make it go faster..
    What should he do?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Emily. Thank you for writing to us. Unfortunately there is no rush-processing available for PR card renewals. The process is lengthy and may go into a lot of detail for each case. If your husband leaves Canada before he has his renewed PR card, he will have to apply for a visitor visa from Brazil to re-enter Canada.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  22. Ryan Ashford

    I am a British Citizen and I have been a permanent resident since December 2010 and have only left Canada a couple of times on vacation, so I meet the requirements for 700 odd days and then some. My PR card expired back in April 2016, now I am due to leave for Great Britain in a month for a 2 week vacation to visit family and such. The PRTD application requires my passport and makes it seem as though I need to obtain it while in Britain, that of course is not possible as I need it to travel. Is obtaining an ETA an option being from a visa exempt country?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ryan. An ETA will not benefit you because you are already a permanent resident of Canada; your only problem is that your PR card has expired and that you need to renew it. It is unfortunate that you did not renew your card earlier when you first had a chance. 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
  23. Jane

    Hello, I have a PR card which expired in 2011. I have not lived in Canada since 2007 but wish to travel to Canada to attend a friends wedding. I will be staying for 10 days. However, since I have a PR card, I am not eligible for eTA and the Embassy is asking for a letter of explanation. The process will likely not be completed before my departure date. My question is, would there be any issue if I arrived at airport immigration with a PR card that is expired? I plan to officially renounce my PR status in the near future, however I am concered about this upcomoming 10 day trip. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jane. An expired PR card will not give you entry into Canada. You will need a visitor visa to accomplish that. 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
  24. Jay

    My Name is Jay
    I had landed in canada on 20 Jun 2013 & left canada on 13 Aug 2013 with family, staying 54 Days.
    My PR card is experiencing on 27 Aug 2018.
    Can I travel to canada on November 2016 & renew my PR card.

    Kindly guide to me.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jay. I understand that you are concerned because of the few days that you have physically spent in Canada. Not being able to fulfill your physical residency requirements is a serious matter, but something that we can help you with should you not have the 730 days of physical residency. You should not have a problem coming to Canada in November, but you may be asked questions on how you intend on fulfilling your 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  25. Yvonne

    My Canadian PR Card is expired, but I was issued a US visa before it expired. The US visa is still valid (till 2023), but the visa was annotated “Landed Canadian Immigrant”. Since my permanent residency status is no longer valid, can I still travel to the US on the unexpired visa? Or is the visa now invalid?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Yvonne. How long ago did your PR card expire. If you intend on pursuing your Canadian citizenship, your PR renewal should be your 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
  26. su

    Hi,
    I have completed more than 3 years in Canada on PR out of 5. My card recently expired and I have applied for renew while I was there in Canada. I have given my friend’s address in Canada for correspondence. I received a letter to be present in person with list of documents.
    Now I am in India and my card is expired , just wondering what I should do..

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Su. A pr card renew is very important if you wish to become a Canadian citizen. 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
  27. lilian Atanu

    hello, i had a PR card in 2010 and it expired in 2015, i stayed in Canada from September 2010 to may 2011, i had to go to school, and i couldn’t make it back till it expired, now i want to do my masters in Canada as permanent resident, how do i go about this, is it still possible to renew it.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Lilian. Yes it is possible to renew your PR card even though you have not met your minimum 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. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  28. John

    Hi,
    I landed in Canada in August 2012. I stayed for 2 weeks. In November 2012 I got married and my first son was born. In Nov 2014 my second son was born. I was unable to return to Canada due to my family and professional commitments. My PR card expires in Dec 2017. I am now ready to relocate to Canada along with my family and plan to do so in Oct of this year. I would like to get visitors visas for my wife and my boys and apply for their PR status while we are all in Canada. Should I anticipate any difficulty getting the visitors visas for my family and/or when I arrive at the border with my family?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello John, Thank you for writing to us. It is not clear from your note if you will be meeting the 730 day stay requirement for your PR renewal, at the end of 2017. If 730 days will not be possible, you may be questioned about that when you present yourself at the border. We can help you should you not be able to cover the physical residency requirements. In addition, A visitor visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that the parties will return home after your visit. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face difficulties. 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
  29. Jade Wells

    Hello,

    This might be a bit complicated but I have been a PR since 2009. My PR card was renewed in May of 2014. It expires in May 2019. I need some advice as I lived in England from August 2014-April 2016. I visited Canada in 2015 for 28 days. I have moved back from England to Canada since April 2016. However my partner is from England as well and we need to go back September of this year 2016. I know my PR card does not expire until 2019 but I need some advice on what to do as i do not want to loose my PR status as all my family live here or be questioned when i enter. Should i just make sure i am back before it expires? i have calculated that since my renewal i have spent 322 days in Canada so far.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jade. Thank you for writing to us. You still have some time to meet your physical residency requirements. Too many people come to us when it is too late. You need 730 days in the 5 years leading up to the time that you apply for your PR renewal. You need approximately 410 days. You have plenty of time to fulfill the requirement. It is much easier to fulfill the requirement than to explain why you did not and hope that you get another chance.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  30. Hammad

    Hello, may wife is in Canada . Her PR card is going to expire September 2017 , due to some reasons she stayed outside the Canada and could not able to complete 2 years out of 5 which is the minimum requirement for renewal PR. My Question is that She is eligible to sponsor me on the basis of Spouse visa ? should i start my process to get the PR or should we wait for the renewal . Please suggest what to do with it. And she is pregnant also . Delivery is expected in September 2016. Total residential time in Canada of my wife is 1 year out of 5 years. So whats your opinion what should we do and how to manage ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Hammad. Your wife will need to renew her PR card before she can sponsor you as a spouse. 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 wife to renew her PR card, and for you to to obtain your PR. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  31. Sumit Barua

    I got my PR in July 2009 but came to Canada in Feb 2014 and had been staying in Canada since then. My PR card expired in July 2014 and I applied for renewal in Feb 2016 after completing 730 days. CIC started processing my application on Mar 25/2016 and sent me a letter on Apr 28/2016 informing me that the application has been sent for secondary review. As on today, I have completed close to 900 days in Canada without a break. What is the next step? When do you think I will get my renewed card? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sumit. Sometimes the processing of PR renewals can take a while, especially if a secondary review is necessary.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  32. Saba Hamid

    Hi,
    I wanted to ask for an opinion. Me and my family (6 members) received our PR in October of 2011 and now it’s expiring in December of this year that is 2016. We have not completed our 730 days which are required for renewal as only after 30 days of stay, we returned to wind up our stuff and my Mother had to undergo Knee Replacements before we could leave again. Having undergone those knee replacements, she had complications and the total process of her recovering again to full lasted about 3 years.
    Now my question is, would you call this strong Humanitarian ground for renewal or should we try our luck some other way?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Saba. Exceptions based on humanitarian grounds may be granted if you can show the severity of your case. 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
  33. jaqueline

    Hello I’m still waiting my pr from last year is taking more than 1 year I applied last year on may and still have news about it ..I called many times and they said they don’t know still on review is so long just for get my new card ..what should I do ?? Help please

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jaqueline. The Permanent Residency process is lengthy and thorough. The immigration office must make sure that they review all the details of your application in great detail.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  34. E Wright

    I received landed immigrant status in 1969 and stayed in canada until the 1990s then moved back to the US I lived back and forth with my parents who continued to reside in Canada caring for them there in their later years I have not been back to live for 8 years Is there any chance for me to restore my status?

    Reply
  35. Maria

    Hello,

    I have been a permanent resident in Canada since October 2011. My PR card will expire on Dec 1 2016. I am in the process of filling in the forms to renew the PR card. Throughout the 5 years, I have been a working resident of Canada, going outside the country only for vacations (2 or 3 times a year, and never more than 3 weeks each time).
    As I was filling in the forms, I remembered that I have not filed my income tax for the last 2 years. This is a situation that I will rectify as soon as possible. However, will this affect my chance of getting my PR card renewed?
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Maria

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Maria. You are best to bring your taxes up to date so that it does not cause you a problem for your PR renewal.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  36. Alexandra

    Hi,

    I hope you can help me with an opinion about the following (my own) case. I received a PR and Social Card in August 2007 (age 23) together with my parents and brother. However, having received an MA scholarship I left Canada after 40 days or so to pursue my studies. I had been in a long term relationship at the time for 4 years. After completing my MA and PhD I came back to Romania since my at-the-time boyfriend and future husband had a binding university education contract which required him to work in Romania at least 10 years after his studies or else pay the entire value of his studies. In September 2017 these 10 years will have passed and we are going to also get married. He has never applied for Canadian residency. However we were thinking about applying for it now, as a family. Given my own expired PR, what do you think are the chances that we obtain a PR as a family?

    Thank you very much for your answer.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Alexandra. Thank you for writing to us. Having an expired PR card is not something that would keep you out of Canada. The first step would be to explore reinstating your PR, and then sponsoring your family. Hello Ravinder. Thank you for writing to us. We would need to know more information about your situation in order to best advise you. 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
  37. Lily

    Hi. I’m a pr holder and have been out country for longer than the 2 years,but travel back and forth as a visitor as I am visa exempt. Next time , I may decide to stay after my initial 6 months. Will this mean when I come to get my pr card renewed after 730 days , I would be in trouble for misrepresentation ? At the time of entering, I don’t want to stay, however there is a small chance I may decide to stay . I have been back and forth for months but no one ever questions my pr status

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Lilly, Making sure that you fulfill the requirements for your PR is extremely important. You do not want to make mistakes and risk losing your status. 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
  38. Anir

    My family (husband, child and I) has just received our immigrant visas. For personal reasons, my husband does not want to go to Canada anymore, but I am determined to go to Canada and start a new life there with my child. Will I be questioned once I arrived in Canada without my spouse? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Anir. You may encounter problems that would prevent you and your child from entering Canada. In order for us to know for sure, we would need to know all of the details of your situation and of the visas that you currently have. 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 child. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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      1. Santosh Rajgarhia

        Hi
        I got my PR in 19 SEP 2003. Left Canada in late 2007. In between I frequently traveled to India. My PR card expired in 2008. My both parents expired in 2008 and I was unable to return back due to family responsibilities. When I was in Canada I worked for very meager salary enough only to meet my rent and food.
        1. I have stayed in Canada more than 730 days. But my old passport and other documents are lost. So specific dates of travelling and exact duration is not available.
        2. I have also not filed for any return for Taxes.
        3. Now I am married and having a single kid. I wanted to retain my PR and visit Canada to establish a small business and later shift my family.

        Can you suggest me what is my PR position and am I eligible to renew my PR status? At present I am in Delhi (India) since 2008. I have my own business.

        Please advise

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Santosh, 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. Your situation is complicated by the fact that you have said that you have lost all your proof. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Muga

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  39. Joanne

    Hi sir,
    So my parents were permanent residents here in Canada but then they went back to Philippines in 2007. Now they want to come back here. Do I have to start all over again for the application to be an immigrant here or is there a way I can do to renew thier or card

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Joanne. There might be ways to have their cards renewed without having to start all over again. 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 get all the details of your parents situation and formulate a plan. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  40. MANOJ PANCHAL

    Hello Sir, I migrated to Canada in year early 2005 alone on the base of PR documents. I also got PR documents for my Family , wife , son and Daughter. For personal reason , my wife decided not to come Canada. I stayed in Canada for 40 days. During that I got my PR card, Social card. After that I came back to Kenya, Nairobi and stayed with my family. I intended to come to canada, but my wife never agreed to come with me. To save the marriage life I decided to stay with family. After long time she is co-operative and ready to migrate Canada. My PR card which expired in year 2009, is still with me. Is there any possibility to migrate back to Canada ?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Manoj. By not fulfilling the minimum number of days in Canada, you have a problem. It is possible to renew your permanent residency card but this is not something that I would recommend that you do yourself because of the complexity 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 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  41. Parveen

    Hi
    I am parveen from Delhi India, we had pr we visited canada, toronto in May 2008, and could not go back as my wife was pregnant at that time, since we had my parents in India, and we were alone in toronto we thought for child its better to be in india and we planned to come canada after 2 years, but in 2010 my wife again became pregnant, and my wife did Mtech and Phd in between, now my children are 5 & 7 years old, we want to move to canada, our card expired in 2013, we were there for 30 days, how can we get PR renewal and what about our children PR cards, thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Parveen. Your case is not easy because you did not meet the minimum stay requirements for your PR card. There may be humanitarian and compassionate arguments that can be made in support of your case; we would need to know a lot more about you and your wife’s 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 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  42. Sach

    Hello, I got married this January to girl who was pr in 2003 but hey went back after staying just one month in Canada,but she was a minor at that time. Now I sponsored her under family class but got an email stating that she should apply for travel document . She applied for prtd and now my question is are there any good chances she will get one based on humanitarian grounds that she left country when she was minor and has a good intent of starting new life as she is married to Canadian citizen . Please help . Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sach. Thank you for writing to us. Immigration can be complex to navigate on your own; everything that has happened to someone stays on their permanent record and must be addressed each time they apply for something new. The only way for me to suggest a strategy for you and your wife to take, so that you can be in Canada together, is for me to know a lot more about both your wife`s situation, and your own. 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 look at all your information plan the best strategy for you and your wife. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  43. Salima Noor

    Hello Michael,

    I have a question for you. Could you please provide me an answer. I sponsored my parents and my disabled brother. It took 10 years for me. They are in their mid 70’s. My father is the principle applicant. He is not happy at all to live here now. They are here for almost a year now. He wants go back home, but my mom and brother want to stay here. If my father leave without getting Citizenship, will it be a problem for my brother and mother to get the citizenship since he was the principle applicant? Please let me know

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Salima. Even though your father was the principle applicant, if he leaves without getting his Canadian citizenship, it will not effect your cases.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  44. G.Butter

    My father renounced his Permanent Residence status because he was unable to meet residency requirements but still wanted to travel to Canada on his UK passport without issue. What i’d like to know is, can I sponsor him in the future or did he give up that right when he renounced?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. Even though your father renounced his Permanent Residence, you are still allowed to sponsor him again in the future.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Jenny

        Hello there! I would like to clarify. The same situation happens to me. I heard from my friends saying that it would be faster if it was the spouse (mother) to sponsor my father to re-apply for permanent residence. Please correct me and provide advice if I am wrong. Thank you in advance!

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Jenny. Every case needs to be evaluated on it`s own merit. Both parents information will have to be evaluated to see who holds the most favorable number of points for the selection process.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  45. aman

    HI I GOT MY PR IN 2011,JULY 29. But due to bad health of my wife I came to India. In 2014 she got expired due to cancer. my kides were of 5 and 6 years at that time. I got remarriage in july 2015 and now again I want to come to Canada to settle. Will my PR will extend as I have spent 491 days in Canada. and my PR will expire on 29th Sep 2016

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Aman. Thank you for writing to us. I am very sorry for the loss of your wife. It must be very hard for you and your children. When you apply for your renewal, you will have to have all your circumstances presented to the Immigration officer to justify the absence from Canada. We successfully handle cases such as yours all the time. When you are ready to renew, contact us and we will be able to help you.
      Regards, Vahe

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  46. Sandy

    Hi,

    Need ur help. I landed in canada in 10 April 2013 and stayed for month alonh with my wife for 30 days. Got pr card with june 2018 expiry. We came again in aug 2014 and stayed for 20 days.. Now we want to come in june and stay till max for pr renewal.

    My query if we are short with few months when we enter canada, can immigration gyys deny us entry in canada or create any issue.

    They made an entry on my passport that i was away for the one year plus upon my last visit.

    Plz suggest

    Sandy

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sandy. As long as your PR has not expired, you will not be denied entry into Canada.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Tony

        Sandy,

        I have almost the same situation as you’re describing. Landed on 19 April 2013, stayed for 2 weeks and left Canada, came back in Mar 2016 for 2 weeks, PR card valid till June 2018. At my second entrance I’ve also got a note in the passport saying I was absent since 2013. Officer clearly warned me that I may lose the status upon the next entrance into Canada if I don’t have 730 days spent in Canada. Validity of the PR card till 2018 won’t play a role if one doesn’t spend enough days in Canada. I suggest you to watch closely the number of days and come back to Canada before you are not able to meet this requirement.

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  47. Andy

    Hi,
    My PR will expire in October 2016. I didn’t fulfill the minimum days (missing around 100days) as I own a Canadian company and had to go for assignments with clients overseas ( I filed taxes for my company from creation date in Sep 2013,2014 and 2015
    So:
    1.Shall I apply before the expiry date ?
    2.Shall I wait until I fulfill the required days and then apply?
    If option 2 is the best option, what if I had to travel for any reason after the expiry of my PR and before fulfilling missing days, will it be complex to travel and come back and will it may impact my case?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Andy. You can count the days that you are out of the country working for a Canadian company only after the second year anniversary of the company being in business. From what you have written, if your company was in operation from September 2013, then starting in October 2015 you can start counting those days. You should not apply for your renewal until you have the 730 days accounted for. You do not want to make mistakes that will jeopardize your PR status. 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, Vahe

      Reply
  48. Jonathan Keeler

    Hi,
    I’ve been a PR since October 1990.
    I left the country April 18th 2013 to spend time with my elderly parents, they’re in their late eighties. I was aware that I was allowed to stay away for three years out of a five year period which is why I returned on march 29th 2016, however during my time away my PR card expired Dec 2014.
    Rather than stay out of the country and let that three year period increase while I reapplied for a new PR Card which obviously would’ve meant I’d’ve then exceeded that three year (out of Canada) period I entered the country as a visitor, I was given a period of six months to stay in Canada.
    I have three children who were born and live in Canada.
    How should I go about dealing with this.
    Am I allowed to work in Canada ?, I still have a SIN #, Valid Health card, Drivers License etc.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Jonathan. When you compound an immigration problem you make it more difficult (but not impossible) to rectify. You need professional legal immigration help to straighten out your mess. 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, Vahe

      Reply
  49. Jen

    I just recieved my PR visa and it expires in October of this year. Will I have to renew it every couple months? When will I actually be permanent? I have never done this so I do not know wha the process is. AM I able to travel outside of Canada?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Jen. Once your receive your Permanent Residency card, it will be valid for 5 years. I do not understand why you said that you just received it and it expires in October which is only 6 months away. Are you sure you received your PR card, or is it a visitor visa?
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Anonymous

        my lawyer said it was a PR visa and that I would have to wait till its finalized? she said something about my medical expiring in october? Im a bit confused still.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          These are issues that you should be talking directly with your lawyer.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  50. omar

    hello my name is Omar and my PR card expires soon. my question is can I do the citizenship test and oath on an expired PR card..
    thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Omar. I would suggest starting the renewal of your PR card just to be safe.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  51. Christine

    Dear Mr./ Ms.

    My PR card was expired in Jan 2016. I mailed my renewal application by using registered mail on Oct 22, 2015; and post canada showed me CIC has received my application on Oct 27, 2015. Untill yesterday, i received an email from CIC:

    “This confirms that your application for your Permanent Resident card has been received by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on 2016/02/22.”

    CIC website is showing they are working on the application received on Sept 25, 2015 and the processing time is around 169days.

    My questions are:
    1. Are they counting my application received date on Oct 27, 2015 or on Feb 22, 2016?
    2. Generally, is 169 days processing time included the date between oct 27, 2015 to Feb 22, 2016?
    3. I was planning a trip in June 2016, i was giving myself an 8 months allowance time for this PR card application. If question number 2 is answered “No”, thats mean i wasted extra 4 months and at least 9-10 months for processing my application. I will not get my pr card before June, 2016. Should i send a new urgent application or i can just mail an extra file included air ticket and explanation letter?

    Thank you so much!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Christine. Their counting starts on February 22, 2016. The time period between October 27th 2015 and now does not count towards the 169 days. 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, Vahe

      Reply
  52. Miaz

    I have been in US since June 2013 (on J1 Visa), receiving training as pediatrician. I have been traveling from US to Canada frequently (twice a month for a few days each time). My Canadian PR card expired in May 2015. I met the minimum stay requirement for renewal and applied for a renewal in December 2014 (less than 6 months before the expiration). My application is still in process as of now. In December 2015 (12 months after applying) CIC asked for further documents (some stamps in my passport were not perfectly legible) which I sent immediately.

    Now I have an expired Canadian PR, and my landing paper, and need to travel between US and Canada frequently (once a week). Can I travel to Canada on a private vehicle using my expired PR and landing paper? If yes, can I repeat doing this until I receive my new valid PR card? (Will the immigrant officer retain my expired PR card the first time I try to enter Canada using it?)

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Maiz. Thank you for writing to us. The renewal process for Permanent Residency usually takes time because of all the verification that CIC has to do. Your case becomes more complicated because of the frequent travel that you have been doing between Canada and the US. You should have a travel document with you that fully explains your situation so as to avoid any trouble getting into the US, or getting back into Canada. I am going to suggest that you contact us as soon as possible 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, Vahe

      Reply
  53. Artur Fast

    Hi,

    My PR card is expired and I am going to Cuba next month. However, I have applied for the new card but I will not receive it before going to Cuba. Is it enough to bring my expired card including the receipt that I applied for the new one?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Artur. Traveling with an expired Permanent Resident card and a receipt is not good enough. You should always make sure that you apply for renewal before it expires. 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 look at your entire situation and see what can be done to ease the problems that you would face upon returning to Canada. You are not the first person that this has happened to. We have seen this and fixed it many times before. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  54. isabelle

    I had a PR card that was stolen in 2012 and i filed a police report however i did not apply for an oyher card. In 2013 the card expired and i did not apply for a renewal of the card. Since then i have never left The canadian soil. I want to ask for a new PR card, but i dont know if i have lost my status, and if not, should i apply for renewal or apply as card that was stolen or lost?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Louise. I can understand how troubling it must be when you are not sure what your status is. A lost, expired card does not necessarily mean that you have lost your PR status, but you will need help in making sure that all the facts are presented in a clear and concise way so that the immigration officer does not think that you were absent. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your complete situation so as to build a clear case for a PR renewal. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  55. Roxanne Greenidge

    Hi,

    My family (Husband, Wife and daughter)received PR status in 2011, we received our landed in December 23, 2011.
    We left on December 29, 2011 and I and my daughter came back came back in on Dec 23, 2014. We have remained in Canada ever since and hopefully we should be able to meet the residency status requirement to be able to renew of PR cards. My daughter own expires in February, 2017 and me and my husband’s expiry date is Oct , 2017. The difference in date is because we never received the first one and and had to request the issue of a second one. I have since began to file my taxes since 2014 and my daughter who turned 18 last year will file her first taxes this year.
    My husband has not been able to take up his residency as yet because he is still working and support us from Guyana. He visited for 2 months from November 9 to January 1, 2016.
    ‘What are they options for my husband from now going forth. He continues to provide for us while he remains in Guyana. Should we try to buy a house together here through joint income and use this to make him eligible for renewal status.
    Grateful for your advise.
    Roxanne

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Roxanne. Yours is a very complex case, with many parties and visa involved. In order to give you the best advice we would certainly need to know more about everyone’s status and history. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  56. lisa

    My PR card has expired in 2009 and I have not visited Canada since 2003 but, now my daughter is citizen n canada then will they renew my PR now ??

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Lisa. All hope is not lost. You have not met the requirements for your PR, but your case is not uncommon. We have been practicing immigration law for over 18 years and we are considered to be one of the top immigration law firms in Canada. We have dealt successfully with many cases such as yours. You will need to contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan a strategy to get your status renewed in Canada. You can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, George

      Reply
  57. Melanie

    Hello,
    My permanent resident card expires on April 12, 2016 and we are leaving for a trip to Germany at the end of march, teturning on April 11th. Am I ok to use my current PR card? I have the application for a new one filled out and ready to mail I was just wondering if I have to mark it rushed and include flight information or if I’m ok to use my current one.

    Thank you
    Melanie

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Melanie. You will be cutting it close. Should something happen that delays your flight by a day, you will have a problem at the Canadian border when you return. I suggest that you submit your renewal as soon as possible. If by chance you do not get your card before you leave, you will have to apply for a travel document from Germany. Save yourself your aggrivation. Do it now.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  58. Bernadette

    Hi my PR card is expiring 2017,I am now applying for my citizenship but I am not meeting the required Physical Residence Calculator.is it better for me to renew my PR card and complete the Physical Residence Calculator before applying for citizenship.Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Bernadette. Yes, it is better for you to renew your PR and complete your physical residence calculator before applying for citizenship. You will need a minimum of four years out of six for citizenship, and if you do your four years initially, you do not have to wait until the sixth year to apply. If you need help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  59. Ana

    Mine and my daughter’s card has expired maybe two years ago they said that I would be ok as long as I didn’t leave the country but now I would like to take my girls to see my family in the summer will they refuse me and my daughter a card if I apply as soon as possible?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Ana. Your PR status is not effected by your expired PR cards. You do need to act quickly to get your PR cards renewed. It usually takes six months to get a replacement card. If you do not have the cards in time before you leave, you will need to get a travel document from your destination, to get back into Canada. We can help you with your PR card renewal and ensure that there are no unnecessary delays. You can book a consultation directly at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  60. Stephanie

    Hello,
    My friends PR card expired June 2015 an since then he has put an application for renewal in. The CIC is indicating that he will not have his new PR card by the time we leave for travel on Feb 12 2016. What are our options? He does have a valid German passport and will be traveling with that. We are traveling to the Dominican Republic. Will he be able to bored the airline to the Dominican with the expired PR card and valid German passport? Also, what do we do once were in Dominican and we need to travel back. we are only traveling for 7 days, would a travel document be able to get processed within that time frame if we complete one upon arrival? If not, what else can we do to ensure that he returns to Canada.
    Please let me know what our options are, we are very worried.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Stephanie. Your friend would need a Permanent Residents Travel Document. This will give the immigration officer proof that your friend does have PR status and is just waiting for his new card. Without it, he may be denied entry back into Canada after your stay in the Dominican Republic.
      I am going to ask one of our immigration professionals to contact you to see how we can help you get all your documents in order before you leave so that you have a worry free vacation.
      Regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
      1. Nicola McNaughton

        Hello,
        I am travelling to Las Vegas this Saturday January 23rd from Regina, SK. I just realized that my permanent resident card has expired on 16 Oct 15. Based on the way I read the expiry date on my card I thought it expired in 2016 but I was wrong. We now have non refundable flights and accommodations. We are only staying in Vegas for 4 days. I’ve heard about getting a travel document, but not sure if this is something I can get in time. Any help you can provide or anywhere you can direct me to would be really appreciated.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Nicola. It is unfortunate that your PR expired without you being aware of it. There is nothing that we can do in the short time frame that you have presented. When you get on your return flight to Canada, your lack of a valid PR card will almost certainly cause problems at the border. You would have to be prepared to show your expired card and hope that the border officer is compassionate.
          What ever you do about Vegas, you will need to restore your PR status as soon as possible.
          Regards
          Vahe

          Reply
  61. Mehta

    Hello sir/mam:

    I applied for my PR card renewal in September 2015 since my PR card was expiring in November 2015, The CIC has received my application for renewal but they have not started processing it, since it shows applications received in June 2015 are being processed. I have to leave Canada for three weeks in January 2016 and there is no surety from CIC whether they would process my case urgently, I have also booked my air ticket for January 19th, 2016, my question is — is it an issue to travel outside of Canada with expired PR card, which is indeed in process? Can I use the Permanent Resident Travel Document as an option while returning back to Canada?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your note Mehta. You will definitely need a Permanent Resident Travel Document if you do not have your renewed PR card by the time you are expected to leave. Given how close your departure date is, I suggest that you do not waste any time in getting your travel document. One of our immigration staff will be in contact with you soon to see if you require our assistance.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  62. mersa

    Hi ,
    My PR card expire at Feb 2016 , because of some reason I couldnt fulfill my 730 days now next week in 29Dec 2015 I m going to Canada to cancel my apartment agreement and declare my nonresident . My question is can I enter to Canada in that situation?
    please help , I will be really thankful.
    mersa

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Mersa,
      Since your PR card expires in February 2016, you should not have any problem explaining to the border official that you are coming in to cancel your apartment and declare your non residency. You must be prepared to answer all their questions truthfully, and have your documentation with you. If you need any further help, please call our office at 1-855-886-8472, and someone will gladly be able to assist you.
      Regards
      Vahe

      Reply
  63. Tariq

    Hi,

    I and my wife and kid got PR visa in 2009. I went alone first to Canada and got PR card. Thought of settling down alone first. My immediate brother, sister, and mother are all Canadian Cityzens.

    However, due to family reasons I came back after 3 months. My wife and kid didn’t go and hence their visa expired. Second-time again I went in 2011 and came back after 3 months.

    My PR card has expired in Nov, 2014. I am not meeting the PR card renewal requirement of 2 yrs/5 yrs being physically present in Canada.

    My entire family (mother, bro, and sis) are in Canada and I would “really like to go back to Canada” and settle down with my family.

    I know, 1 option is getting a travel document reaching Canada and apply for PR card renewal on humanitarian basis. Which I am apprehensive and is a matter of chance.

    Question is: Can I reapply from scratch for “PR immigration visa” right from beginning along with my wife, 2 kids visa ?

    Is it possible to apply for PR Immigration visa, taking into account, I already have an expired PR Card ?

    Reapplying for PR visa from scratch, seems to be me as the best option.

    Please advice, if it’s possible to apply for PR visa from beginning even if one has a expired PR Card.

    Thanks in advance.
    Tariq

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your note Tariq. The first thing that you would have to do is verify your current status in Canada; a “Verification of Status”. If you still have status then you would have to apply for a “Revocation of Status”. Once your status is revoked, you can reapply from scratch. If however you revoke your status, regaining it will be tough. CIC will indicate that you were given status once already, which you willingly gave up. They will be hesitant in giving it again. If you do choose to revoke your status, you can apply for a Temporary Residents Visa and come and visit your family. A longer route will be applying for a PR card through Humanitarian and Compassionate arguments.
      One of our immigration staff will be contacting you shortly to see if there are any ways that you would like for us to help you.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  64. Todd

    I am a US citizen and a Canadian resident (since 2003). My PR card expired in October and I am still waiting for my new to arrive (it may take a few more months based on the time frame on CIC’s website). I plan to go to see my family in NY over the holidays. Will I have trouble getting back into Canada. FYI…I also have a NEXUS card.

    Thanks!

    Reply
  65. m

    Hello 🙂
    I would like to know what might happen in a case like this: Person X (now 20 years old) is a PR of Canada since 2007. Got the PR Card renewed in March of 2014, left Canada in July of 2014 and plans on going back to Canada for good in the early summer of 2018. The reason for being out of country is an apprenticeship. Person X wants to really keep the PR status and would cancel the apprenticeship to keep the status.

    So if Person X wants to cross the Canadian border in let’s say June 2018 with the valid PR Card (renewed 2014, so valid until 2019) what’s going to happen? PR Card is valid but Person X would not have been present in Canada for 730 days / 5 year period.

    My understanding is Person X would still be a PR until the status is revoked by an officer.

    Thank you!
    m

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello,

      Thank you for your inquiry. In certain cases, a PR holder can still maintain their status in Canada, even if the Residency Obligation has not been met. But in order for me to determine if you qualify, I must first obtain some more information about you. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with all the information I need to proceed in advising you accurately. You will be contacted once your submission has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  66. Ray

    I have stayed in Canada from 2007 to 2011 as Permanent resident, in between did far bit of travelling. Still, in 2010, I completed the residency requirement and applied for citizenship. I was asked to join the citizenship ceremony in 2011, when suddenly I had the news of my parents ailments. I need to travel outside Canada urgently so I declined the citizenship, writing a letter to CIC. Since then (2011-2015) I could not return back to Canada. My PR card expired in 2012, I could not renewed the card. In 2015, I got an opportunity to visit Canada for 6-7 months.
    Do I need to apply for travel document? or Can I apply for a visitor visa to travel?
    I will not be able to stay in Canada for more than 6-7 months in this visit.
    During this stay can I apply for renewal of my PR card ?
    Is ailment of parents and myself being only child – a good humanitarian and compassionate ground for waiver of the residency requirement ?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Ray,

      Thank you for your post. I am sorry to hear about your parents and I hope that they are doing well. In order for someone to get Citizenship or PR here in Canada, they need to demonstrate their intentions to reside here permanently. If you were unable to come take your Oath in 2011, let alone meet your residency obligation…it is difficult for you to be able to have it reissued if you can only stay for 6-7 months at a time.

      That is where we come in…we can assist you in building and demonstrating your strong ties and intent to remain here in Canada as well as help you to regain PR here. But before we can take any steps towards that direction, I would need to learn more about you before we can proceed. Kindly complete this form for me Ray, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with all the details I need. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  67. SharmaSk

    Hi my father has a immigration status for Canada that he earned whilst living here between the years 1968 to 1971 however while he returned back to his home countryin 1972 to India he was unable to return due to his parents being old xcetera. Now, he would like to reactivate his expired immigration status the details and the password and all the stamps of which he still has. Is it possible to reactivate an immigration that has expired back in the seventy’s what is the process of reactivating

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello SharmaSk,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Based upon the information you have provided, there may be some options your father can pursue, but I would need to learn more details about him and his previous status here in Canada before I proceed. Kindly complete this form for me as it will provide the information I need http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  68. Rik

    Hi there,
    My PR expired end-sep 2014, and I have never renew it.
    I am currently living in Japan, and planning to visit Canada next month…stay for a week.
    I moved to Canada and got PR because of marriage. 3 years later I got divorced, at that time I was traveling a lot so I don’t think I have met the 730 days residency requirements. After divorce I got new passport with my birth name. Since then I have been living in Japan.
    I was reading CIC website, should I renounce my PR status before this trip? I do not think there is enough time left……..This time I would like to just visit friend, no longer want to live in Canada permanently.
    Or, do I have to show my expired PR card and old passport to the officer at the immigration? Do I require any other special document…
    Please help!!

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Rik,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I can understand your confusion on determining the proper steps to take in order to be eligible to come here, not as a Resident any more, but to just visit a friend. I can definitely help you Rik on determining the best way to be able to come. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the details I need to learn more about your case and advise you correctly. Once it has been reviewed, you will be contacted with the results. MF

      Reply
  69. shi

    My parents PR card expired in September 2014 and I applied for renewal one week before expiry date. I sent application on first week of September 2014 and in Feb 2015 I got a letter that preliminary review is complete and application requires second review. Till today the online status shows In-Process. They spent little over 730 days in Canada in last five years.
    Because of a family situation they had to return back home. I know they have to apply for travel documents to re enter Canada. But what will happen to their application here ? If CIC decide to send the cards still they will require to apply for travel documents ?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Shi,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Chances are the application is in delay as they are calculating the exact days that your parents have resided in Canada and are verifying that information. The fact that it is still in process til now is an area of concern for me and I recommend that you contact CIC and have a representative give you some more insight not only into the delay but if they require anymore information from your end and/or when you can expect to get a response. If and when the PR Card Renewal is accepted, your parents will need to apply for a travel document from the Canadian Embassy in their present country of residence to be able to pick them up. MF

      Reply
  70. Elize Jacob

    Hi, Our Canadian PR expired on Oct 2012. Also we were unable to spend 2 years in Canada. Now the company which I am working for, in India, wants to send me to Canada. So will it be possible to renew my expired PR card and allow me to work in Canada or should I be taking a new work visa through my current company which I am working? Also now we have two kids for whom PR was not taken. So how can their visa be processed?
    Thanks in advance,

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Elize,

      Thank you for your post. If your PR expired and you did not renew it, you now need to reapply from scratch to have the PR card reissued. In the meantime, I would encourage you to apply for a Temporary Work Permit and have your employer complete the LMIA for you to supplement your application. If your children still have their PR, they can accompany you in Canada once your Temporary Work Permit is approved, but they may not be able to renew their cards if they do not meet the residency obligation. MF

      Reply
  71. von

    i am planning to travel on may but my PR is about to expired on Jun 17 2015 but ill be back before that. can i travel? without renewing or receiving my new PR?

    thanks

    Reply
  72. Claudette Martin

    Husband is a UK citizen and a Canadian PR. His PR card expired and we won’t get the new one in time for our trip to the US next week. We have our proof of payment (for the PR card renewal), a copy of the registered mail in which we sent the card renewal, his expired PR card and his original Record of Landing.

    1. Can he get back on the plane in the US to return to Canada?
    2. Then, upon return, will they let him in?

    Reply
  73. VIJAY SANGHAVI

    HI ME MY WIFE AND MY DAUGHTER ARE BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS AND OUR PR CARD IS EXPIRED. WE ARE PLANNING TO GO TO ENGLAND THIS SUMMER. CAN WE GET ENTRY IN CANADA ON OUR BRITISH PASSPORT OR DO WE NEED PR CARD?

    AS WE ARE PLANNING TO APPLY FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP WE DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR PR CARD IF WE REALLY DON’T NEED IT.

    Reply
  74. dave

    Hi,

    My stay of two years out of five years is not complete. and I am planning to go outside country for a vacation for a month in april 2015 and will by returning by may 2015. my PR car expires on july 31st. will I be allowed to enter canada even if my stay is not completed?

    Reply
  75. Shehzad Chaudhry

    hi

    My PR has expired and I didn’t complete the required period but my wife’s and children PR can be renewed as they have completed the period of stay.

    Question: Can my wife sponsor me after renewal of her PR? How long will it take?

    Regards

    Reply
  76. shiv

    Hi, I am a permanent resident of canada since aug 2011. My family also got PR at the same time but to personall reasons they were not able to stay in canada to meet residency requirements. I would like to bring them over but they will be denied entry. Should I apply for their PR again or do you suggest something else?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Shiv,

      A humanitarian application could enable your family to re-enter Canada if they have not been physically present in Canada for at least 2 out of the last 5 years. We would be happy to help with this, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  77. rhenieldave

    hi there..
    i am just wondering regarding to my PR card as of now i don’t know if i should book my ticket now i will be travelling outside canada next month of Feb 23, 2015..and going back to canada by june 21 2015 well my PR card still have 8 months to go before it expires in October 2015 am i still able to use my PR card after my 4 months vacation?
    so i still have 4 months left before my PR card will expire in october is it still valid to present it to the immigration or officer and able to enter canada?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      As long as your PR card remains valid, you will be able to re-enter Canada assuming that you are otherwise not inadmissible.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  78. Rawane K

    Hello,
    I applied for my PR renewal last january (2014). I meet all the requirements and did stay in Canada for the necessary amount of days.
    I called and was told that my case is being investigated ( that was 5 months after they received my application).
    I have been unable to leave Canada, and couldn’t even attend a relative’s funerals. I called several times after that and every time I called I was told that the processing time is unknown. I know about the travel documents option, but I asked and was told that leaving Canada with an expired PR would not guarantee a return on time ( I am a student and I cannot afford missing school if the travel documents don’t arrive on time).
    It has been over a year that I applied for a PR renewal now, and I have no idea when I will be receiving it. What is the longest amount of time a PR renewal can take? Is this a frequent case?
    I would really appreciate some help.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rawane,

      It appears that you have been waiting quite a long time to receive your new PR card. We would be happy to advocate on your behalf in order to determine what the CIC is investigating and to expedite this process for you so that you may leave Canada temporarily if you wish. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further assistance.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
      1. Rawane K

        Hello,
        Thank you for your reply
        Should I ask to contact you specifically, or should I just submit a request on this website?

        Thank you

        Reply
        1. owen

          Hello Rawane,

          We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

          Regards,
          Owen

          Reply
  79. Jackie

    My husband’s PR card expired mid-July 2014. We submitted the paperwork & waited. January 9 he received a letter telling him his card was ready to be picked up January 5! Apparently they didn’t take the holiday mail slowdown into account because the letter was dated 3 weeks earlier & we are on the west coast! Upon calling the number on the letter he was told when an appointment is missed you have to wait up to 180 days for them to send you a letter scheduling a new one. Is this true or is there a way to get it asap?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Jackie,

      In place of a PR card you can use a travel document or a record of landing. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards.
      Owen

      Reply
  80. Leo

    Hello,

    My wife’s pr card expired while she was in the US. She applied for a renewal from Canada before she left. But they are now asking her to apply for a travel document before she can come to canada. We recentky found out that she is pregnant. She is having some medical issues due to her pregnance.

    As i am a citizen and was wondering if it would be okay for us to travel back to canada in a car (rental) and will it be okay for us to mention that she is pregnant. Can we be denied entry?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Leo,

      We would highly recommend obtaining a travel document or a Record of Landing in order to allow your wife to come back into Canada. Otherwise, she may be turned away at the border, but you will not be denied entry since you are a Canadian citizen. We would be happy to further assist you with this, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
      1. Cel

        Hi, am i allow to enter canada with 5 months valid pr card? Is this still valid?

        Reply
        1. owen

          Hello Cel,

          Yes, this should be fine. Please let us know if you experience any problems.

          Regards,

          Owen

          Reply
  81. Leo

    Hello,

    I am a Canadian citizen but my wife is a permanent resident. She is volunteering in the US in order to get into the medical field in Canada for which she needs a lot of core medical experience.
    Her PR card expired in Oct 2014 while she was in the US bit she applied for a renewal from Canada. We recently found out that she is pregnant and is experiencing some completions..in response to her application the reviewer has asked her for a travel document to travel to Canada but her renewal process can take months.

    -Can we travel by car to Canada even though they have asked for a travel document in the correspondence.

    -Would there be any risks associated with this.

    -Can she be denied entry

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Leo,

      She may be denied entry, but if you present a travel document (we can try to expedite your application for this) or a record of landing, then she should be able to re-enter Canada. Please let us know if you have any further questions about this as we would be happy to help.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  82. Rose

    Hello,

    My PR card expired in 2007 and I never renew it. Since I’ve landed, I did not travel outside of Canada; I have a family and work full time. I want to renew my PR card but I would like to know if there can be any legal conséquences, can I lose my permanent residency? Should I wait until my PR card is renewed before applying for citizenship?

    Thank you for your advise.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rose,

      You should be able to renew your PR card by following the normal instructions on the CIC’s website since you remained in Canada. If you experience any problems with this please let us know.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  83. M.A. Mirza

    I need to know that my wife will be short of 3 days residency in canada 1092 days instead 1095 . We need to apply next month. Rest whole of the family meets 1095 requirement. How should we proceed? Thanks to reply since I am quite worried

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      If your wife does not meet the physical presence requirement then it may be possible to renew her status on a humanitarian basis. This is a complex application, and therefore it is highly recommended for you to seek the advice of one of our experienced immigration lawyers. Please don’t hesitate to call us to setup a consultation so that we can further assist you.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  84. ISHA

    My application for permanent residence is being processed while the permanent resident card of my spouse has expired and he has applied for a new one. Will there be any problem in my application? or any possibility of denial?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. Assuming you have been in Canada for at least 2 out the past 5 years and assuming there is no other basis on which you could be deemed to have abandoned your PR status, then you should be able to renew your PR card.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  85. Sam

    Hello,

    My PR card has expired and I live abroad and I want to return to Canada for a visit. Can I use my british passport to enter the contry or do I require a PR Travel Document? I am intending to renew next year.

    Thank you

    Sam

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sam,

      You will need a travel document or a record of landing in order to re-enter Canada with an expired PR card. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
      1. Sam

        Even if its just for a visit?

        It’s via airplane, would a record of landing suffice?

        Thank you

        Reply
        1. owen

          Hello Sam,

          A record of landing should be sufficient, but just bear in mind that officers can deny you entry if they determine that you abandoned your intention to make Canada your permanent domicile.

          Regards,
          Owen

          Reply
  86. Sally

    Hello,

    I sent in my application to renew my PR card 2 months ago, but realized that I will not get my new PR card in time before I leave to Japan (due to personal reasons), so applied for urgent processing 3 weeks before I left. My PR card is now expired, and have applied for a travel document but will not receive it in time before I return to Canada. I have a friend checking my mailbox in Canada to see if I receive my new PR card, however the likelihood is very low. I have my IMM1000, my expired PR card, university student card, drivers license, visa and debit cards. Will the officer allow me to re-enter Canada with these documents? (I am entering by plane). Or would it be better to enter Canada as a visitor, and travel to the US by car and re-enter as a PR once I receive my PR card?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sally,

      You will need a travel document, or a record of landing which you should have received once you became a PR in order to re-enter Canada. Those other documents you mentioned should also be helpful.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  87. Anna

    Hey, I have a question regarding my PR card. My card expires in March and I am planning to go for a one week vacation in January. I have applied for renewal of my pr card but the process is very slow. Will I have any issues??

    thank you!

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Anna,

      Thanks for the question. You should not experience any problems at the border, but consider renewing your PR card as soon as possible.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  88. Kenny

    I am currently a PR and landed in Dec 2011. I relocated my family fully in 2013 while i have been travelling back and forth Canada due to work. I have a very good job in my home country and not willing to leave the job as i cannot such that can match what i earn in home country. My family is happy and fully settled in Canada and I ve also bought a couple of properties. With the current remaining days on my PR status I will not be able to fulfill my residency obligations by mid next year even if i decided to stay in Canada from then on till the expiry of my PR status in 2016. I have been stopped by immigration a couple of times at point of entry and have warned me I may lose my PR status if i dont stay and looking at the no of days remaining. As a result, I have a couple of questions:

    1. Can i be refused entry prior to expiry of my card in 2016 even if it is determined that i will not be able to meet my residency obligations based on remaining days

    2. If am unable to meet my obligations which is what will happened based on my initial explanation, can i renew on humanitarian grounds as my family is fully settled in Canada and love it there. If so I definately want to use your firm for this…

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Kenny,

      Yes a Permanent resident can certainly be refused entry prior to the expiry of the PR card if for example it is determined that they have not intended to make Canada their Canada. But as you said, applying on humanitarian grounds is an option, albeit a complex one, and we have a lot of experience in that area. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/humanitarian-compassionate/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  89. Zak Stephenson

    Hi,

    I am currently living in the UK and my Canadian PR expires on 1st December 2014. I would like to return to live in Canada in June 2015. Can I renew my PR in the UK or renew it when I enter Canada next year?

    Thanks, Zak

    Reply
  90. Michael Singh

    My PR Card expired and sent for renewal on urgent basis, but dont believe I will get it. I have US Passport. I have made travel arrangement to India. Please advise if I can come back with expired PR Card and US Passport easily or will be troubled at immigration.

    Reply
  91. Alpha

    Hello,
    Is record of landing only applicable for ground transportation travels? or Can it be used for travel from Indonesia – Canada? (IF the travel document don’t arrive on time).

    Thanks!

    Alpha

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      In certain situations the record of landing should be sufficient. Please let us know if you require any further assistance.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  92. Liane

    Hello,
    My PR card did expire at September/27/2014 and I applied for a new card in May 2014. Unfortunately the process time is very long and I have a business trip to Europe middle of November. What can I do to do business outside and don’t have a problem to come back to Canada?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Liane,

      Thanks for the question. You may present a record of landing or other travel document when you come back into Canada if you do not have your new PR card.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  93. Alpha

    Hi Owen,

    Thanks for the prompt reply.
    I just spoke with CIC and they said record of landing can only be applicable if we use ground or personal transportation. Can you please confirm? I just don’t want to take the risk of getting rejected when entering back Canada.

    Thanks again!

    Alpha

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      That is correct. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  94. Alpha

    Hello there,

    I was wondering if you can apply for the travel document before your PR card expires. I will be outside Canada from Nov 11 – 29, and my card expires on the 26th. Obviously three days are not enough to process the document. I was hoping to apply for it as soon as I arrive at my destination.
    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      You may apply for a travel document before your PR card expires. You can also use your record of landing to help you get back into Canada if your travel document does not arrive on time.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  95. HM

    My PR card will expire on Aug 09 2015. My understanding is that I can only apply for renewal within 6 months in advance so the earliest would be February 09 2015. On February 09 2015 I will have stayed in Canada for 622 days since my landing on June 27 2010 with the potential for staying in the country for 730 days by the end of the 5 year period. If after I apply for the renewal on 09 Feb 2015, I need to leave Canada for a period longer than 108 days in total, how would that affect my filed application?

    Reply
  96. Fox

    Hi,

    My spouse is a PR resident and her PR card is going to expire in June 2015. She is currently overseas and is not going to meet the Residency requirement.
    My question is :

    If she come back to Canada before the card expires, does she have to wait till her PR card expires, stay in Canada for 2 years then renew?

    OR

    Can she renew it her PR when she arrive knowing it will not be renew and in that case what will happen?

    Thank you and hope that help others too

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Fox,

      If your wife did not meet the physical presence requirement then she may need to file to renew her PR card on a humanitarian basis which is a very long and complex process. In cases such as her’s, it would be highly advisable for her to speak with one of our experienced immigration lawyers who can help her to remain in Canada as a PR. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/pr-cards/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  97. Ahmed Tharwat

    Please, I live outside Canada with my nephew (2 years old) and her dad (my brother) and her Mom (sister-in-aw).
    My nephew is Canadian.
    Does this accommodation count into my 2 years constrains to renew the PR card?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ahmed,

      Thanks for the question. It appears that based on the information you have given that this would not be grounds to renew your PR card. Therefore, you should speak with one of our experienced lawyers who can help you renew your PR card on a humanitarian basis, which can be a very complex process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  98. eleanor

    Hi,

    I just want to know if I need to surrender my expired PR card to Canadian Embassy if I would not want to have permanent resident status? I got my PR card in Nov 2009, I have not meet the 730 days residency requirements since I have decided not to pursue migrating to Canada for personal reasons.

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Eleanor,

      Thanks for the question. You can try going to a CIC office or overseas Canadian consulate and you will likely be interviewed, you will fill out a declaration and thereby you could relinquish your PR status. Let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  99. Nana

    Hi there.
    I got my PR card in Jun 14,2009. And it expired in 05 july 2014.
    I spent the first 3 years outside Canada. Because I was a full-time student in Thailand. So I can’t come to Canada in that time.
    I moved to Canada on June 13,2012. And I was a full-time high school student in B.C. I’m just graduated from grade12. And now I got accepted from the college as well.
    I was wondering about to renew my PR. Because I went back to Thailand around 93days in my last 2 years before my PR expiry. And now I’m still in Canada without my PR card. But I already sent the application for renew my PR card a month ago(after that expiry date). Do you think that gonna be a problem with my application because I’m didn’t stay in Canada for 2 years before the expiry date?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Nana,

      If you stayed in Canada for at least 2 out of 5 years while your PR card was valid (does not need to be continuous physical presence) then you should be able to renew your PR card. If you don’t meet that condition, it will be considerably more difficult to renew your PR card, but fortunately we have helped many clients in your situation and we would be happy to help you too. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/pr-cards/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  100. Maytinee

    My name is Maytine Lingen from Thailand. I’m 16 years old. I want to ask some questions. In 2008, my dad took a citizenship test and then he passed so he brought our family to canada. Then I have a permanent resident card. But we lived there for 4 months then we came back to Thailand. So we didn’t get the citizenship but I still have my PR card which already expired. I want to ask that if I wanna be a citizenship of Canada, do I need to take the citizenship test ? Because I still have a PR card that I think I can renew it. What if I don’t take the test but can I still enter Canada because I have my PR card? What should I do?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Maytinee,

      In order to become a citizen of Canada, generally speaking you would have to take a citizenship test. However, this does not need to be done for obtaining PR/PR renewals. If you need help renewing your PR card (which can be very complex if you didn’t meet the physical presence requirements) then we would be happy to help you as we a lot of experience helping clients in your situation. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/pr-cards/ for more information

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  101. John

    Hi, I have a Permanent Resident card that will expire on Oct 28, 2014. I have already applied for a renewal but want to travel overseas and return just before the current card expires (1 day). Is there any limitations on returning right up to the expiry date on the card? What is I had a delayed flight?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello John,

      Thanks for the question. As long as you return to Canada prior to your PR card expiring then you should not have any problems at the border. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  102. princess2000

    i wonder if you can give me advise, my husband is a permanent resident and has been since he was a kid since 1967, his permanent resident card is expired, I submitted an application 6 weeks ago and that’s when I saw the wait times are awful, I resubmitted urgent application as per instructions on the site once I got the tickets, but we are leaving the country oct 24, which is not that far away, if he doesn’t get his card in time, I understand he can get travel document, in Dominican republic, we are going to be in Puerto plata but the visa office is in santo domingo, would we have to physically go to santo to apply for the travel document? he has valid usa passport, can he just come back with his passport? thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. The application for a travel document can be found online http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/travel.asp and can be mailed into the address that can be found on that website. Please let us know if you have any more questions and we would be happy to help you.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  103. angel

    hi, my PR card will expire on nov,2014 and i just submit my application for renewal this week. and im planning to invite my mom to come for a visit here in canada on december. am i eligible to invite her? my husband and my kids are canadian citizen. pls help me about this..thank you

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Angel,

      Yes, you would be eligible to invite your mother to visit Canada, but please note that this type of application is commonly refused due to a variety of technical reasons, therefore it would be highly advisable for you to speak with one of our experienced immigration professionals who would be able to assist you and your mother throughout this process.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  104. khurram malik

    Hi,

    My wife and kids are Canadian nationals. I have been working outside Canada for last 8 years now. My wife and Kids have been with me all this time. I just realized that my PR card had expired over a year ago. I understand I can apply for new PR card since my wife and kids (all Canadian nationals) were with me all this time, but my question is whether I can apply for PR cards if it has been expired for more than a year.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Khurram,

      Thanks for the question. In this situation you should be able to renew your PR card given that your wife and kids are Canadian nationals who lived abroad with you. We would be happy to help you with this, as this is a more complex process than a simple PR renewal. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with further questions, and refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/pr-cards/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  105. nadine

    hello,
    I am a permanent resident in Canada and I am staying now in Canada and my card will expire on dec. 2014 and I didn’t stay the required period (2 years) I have to stay to the next sept. 2015 but my question is can I travel to the US on jan 2015 for one week and return back to Canada and what will I need to do that.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Nadine,

      You may apply on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, but this is a complex process and it would be highly advisable for you to speak with one of our experienced immigration lawyers to guide you through this process. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  106. kim

    my daughter pr expired and she was full time student back home now she want to come back to Canada she should apply for visitor visa or apply again as doctor

    Reply
  107. Lisa

    Hi there,

    My PR card is expiring on October 16, 2014. I have met residency requirement and mailed application of renewal in June, but CIC website shows my application is not yet in process.
    I am planning to visit my family in Asia in early November for two weeks, and i just bought a flight ticket. I am going to apply for Urgent Process, but I am not sure if I get my new PR card by the time I leave Canada.
    My question is would Canadian Office accept my application for travel document with expired PR card after leaving Canada with expired PR card.
    Your reply would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Lisa,

      Thanks for the question. The CIC should accept your application for a travel document under these circumstances, but if they don’t, you could always present the border officer with a Record of Landing. Please let us know if you require any further assistance, and please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/pr-cards/ for more information on PR card renewal.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  108. Hello Michael

    My PRC expired in 2012, I didn’t even notice I use my driver’s license when I go places. My would I be able to renew my PR still? Would the cic saying anything why I waited this long?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Michael,

      If you met the 2/5 year physical presence requirement and your PR status is still valid, then renewing the PR card should not be very difficult. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  109. Emma Steel

    Really informative website! I have a question:

    I got my permanent resident status in May 2011. Since then I have been in Canada only 2 weeks and have been living in the US. The card expires in April 2017. When is the latest I can enter Canada in order to maintain residency?

    I have already been outside Canada for over 3 years since 2011, however, there are still over 2 years to go before the card expires. If I enter now for example, or before the end of the year, can I still renew the card?

    Thanks!!
    Emma

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Emma,

      Thank you for the question. As long as you are physically present in Canada for two years prior to the expiration of your PR card, then you will be able to successfully renew it. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  110. Pamela

    Hello – Wondering about travelling to Cuba with a valid US passport and expired PR card….can my fiance leave the country, or better yet, can he enter back into Canada?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Pamela,

      Thanks for the question. If your fiance has an expired PR card, he may leave Canada, but in order to return he will need to present a Travel Document, or a Record of Landing, or a Confirmation of Permanent Residence. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  111. Saga

    Hello Michael

    My PR card will expire in 5 month,I’ve been living in Canada 3 years ago,I work as a pilot and because of the nature of my job (staying lot of days outside Canada),I don’t meet the required physical existance days of 730 last 5 years,I have strong ties in Canada; PR wife and Canadian 2 month son.
    What is the chance to have my PR renewed based on humanitarian grounds application?
    And how long normally such cases take to get judge’s descission?

    Thanks&Best regards

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Saga,

      Thank you for the question. If a strong application is submitted based on humanitarian grounds for the purpose of renewing your PR status, then that is the best way to ensure the application is processed as quickly as possible. It would be highly advisable to seek the assistance of one of our experienced immigration lawyers who have previously helped many people renew expired PR cards on the basis of humanitarian grounds. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
    2. Vishal

      I am Having a PR of Canada I intend to go to Canada But if I move today then too i ma short of 120 Days from 2 Years because of family reasons my father was not well but now he is all right should i move to Canada or Surrender My PR

      Reply
      1. Vahe Mirzoyan

        Hello Vishal. That is good news that your father is feeling better now. It is always difficult on everyone in the family when a family member is not well. The immigration officers understand situations like this when it is explained and documented properly. Before you even consider surrendering your PR for such a wonderful country as Canada, that you worked so hard to obtain, I am going to recommend 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, Vahe

        Reply
  112. Nat

    Hello,

    I am going to travel to HK in 2 weeks for an emergency and I will return to Canada on Sep 26th 2014. However, my PR Card expire on Sept 29th, 2014.
    I did apply for a PR card renewal on May 2014 but it’s still processing.
    Will I have any trouble to re-enter Canada with my current PR Card?

    Thanks,

    Nat

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Nat,

      Thank you for the question. If you return to Canada with an unexpired PR card, then it should not be a problem re-entering Canada as long as you are not inadmissible on any other grounds. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  113. saveria

    Hie thank you for help.i have similar problem our PR card expired in march this year and we already bought tickets to go to Africa so realised it after we get our tickets then we applied for urgent PR cards and we were told that it will take 3 weeks which was perfect because it was 3 days before we live,but we did’nt get it by then so we talk to.our friend to send it to us .when she recieved the PR card was only 3 PR cards insted of 4 so 1 card was missing which is my 12 year old PR card i coundn’t believe it because how can i live my child that far from me it was so hard for ,when she told us that they were 3 and 1 is missing we went to apply for TRV document but didnt get in time of coming back to canada so we live him there till now we did not get it if travk it it says still in process and we already send his application again because they wanted his second picture DD thats why they didnt process it .Now my question is why is it taking long to get his travellers document. Please please i really need help

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Saveria,

      Thank you for the inquiry. I am sorry to hear about your circumstances. You may be able to get your child a Travel document which will allow him to re-enter Canada while you are applying for his PR card. Alternatively, your child may present a Record of Landing or a Confirmation of Permanent Residence to the immigration officers. If you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  114. Kelly Estrela

    Hi i am an american citizen but have been a canadian permanent resident for five years. i just got my tickets to travel to the states today and realized my PR card expired in June this year. What can i do to be able to reenter canada?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Kelly,

      Thank you for the question. In order to re-enter Canada, you may present a Travel document, or a Record of Landing or a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document. If you require any further assistance with this please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  115. RICHARD

    I HAVE A PR CARD TOGETHER WITH MY FAMILY BUT THEY LIVE IN UK AND I AM HERE. WILL THEY LOOSE THEIR PR CARD IF THEY DONT COME OR WILL THEY AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY FOR RENEWAL BECAUSE I AM HERE IN CANADA.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Richard,

      If your family members do not meet the physical presence requirement (must be present in Canada for 2 of the last 5 years of applying for a PR card) then they may loose their Permanent Residency status. However, they may still be able to renew their PR cards on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds, but this can be a very challenging process and would require the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer. We have many years of experience helping people like you and your family, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  116. Marisol

    I am going to travel to Peru next week for an emergency and I will return to Canada on Sep 31 2014 but my PRC expire at October 9, 2014. Can i have a trouble for it. Please help me. Thanks a lot. Marisol

    Reply
    1. Bahareh Norouzian

      Hello Marisol,

      Thank you for your recent post.

      You won’t have any problem entering Canada before the expiry date of your PR.

      I trust the above meets with your satisfaction.

      Yours Truly,

      Bahareh

      Reply
  117. Jhoanna

    Hi! just wanna asked, I landed in May 2013 then applied for PR card, but I came back to the Philippines before I got it. My Canadian husband said that he received my card after 2 months of applying it.. But I am still in the Philippines for 1 year now (I came back here July 2013 and now is 2014).. Could he possible send my PR card here in the Philippines for me be able to return to Canada? Is it possible..? or do i need to apply for travel document? Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Jhoanna,

      Your husband could mail your PR card to you, and then you may use it to re-enter Canada, and as long as you are not otherwise inadmissible, you should be able to enter Canada. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  118. Patty

    HI there,

    I am an American citizen, living in Canada for decades. I have a permanent resident card that expired at the end of May. I applied for renewal, and should have gotten it around now, but when I contacted the offices in Nova Scotia to find out the status of my application, I was told that I now won’t get it until mid September. At the time I applied (I sent it off on May 1) I was told 70+ working days — now, it’s up to 119. I occasionally have to travel to the states for my work, and this is jeopardizing my job. How can I accelerate the process? What happens if I show my expired (it expired May 27) PR card when re-entering Canada?

    Thanks so much — really appreciate your help.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Patty,

      Thank you for the inquiry. At this point it would be best to obtain a travel document to show immigration officials when re-entering Canada, or may show them a Record of Landing or a Confirmation of Permanent Residence instead. If you require any further assistance please feel free to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  119. june demet

    My daughter moved to the U.S in 2006 and her husband passed away in 2008. She stayed in the U.S. to take care of her late husbands estate her PR card expired in 2010. I have had multiple strokes and she wants to come home can she come back and work even with her PR card expired?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello June,

      I am sorry to hear of your loss. In order to come back to Canada your daughter would need to present a Travel Document or a Record of Landing or a Confirmation of Permanent Residence, and then she may apply for a PR card while in Canada. If you or your daughter have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  120. Dr Sanjeev K. S.

    Dear Michael Niren,
    I got PR in june 2009 along with my family which comprises wife, daughter and son. After getting our PR cards and staying for two months in Canada we all returned to India to pursue my PhD for which i got registered in April 2009. My research work continued till 2013 and final viva was held on 11.12.2013 and I successfully completed PhD in Marketing. I have full documentary evidence of the university ordinance depicting time allowed to complete research work. I was principal applicant and got PR as teacher. I again visited Canada in 2012 for two weeks. I strongly felt that PhD degree is essential to establish my self in Canada in the field of higher education. I have not received degree yet because the convocation scheduled by university was postponed due to model code of conduct which came in to force due to General Election in India in May 2014.
    Me and my family’s PR cards are expiring in two weeks time from now. I know that if we travel now and i can’t travel back before two year to receive my degree.
    Can we apply PR TD on humanitarian ground ? I wish to hire your professional service to prepare legally strong case to retain my PR as early as possible.
    i will appreciate if you please email your reply to me.
    Thanks
    Sanjeev

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Sanjeev,
      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed your email address as well as the details of your situation to one of our skilled immigration consultants. They will be contacting you shortly via email to help you with your PR.

      All the Best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  121. Alex

    Hello
    I am wondering my PR card to expire in August and i am currently outside of Canada for work purposes but i do intend to go back to Canada in July but my question is can i let my brother whos living in Canada to send my application for the PR renewal? ( the application is fully completed as i completed everything before i leave Canada for work purposes ) or do i have to be in Canada myself and send the application myself for the renewal?.

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hello Alex,

      In your case even if you brother submits the application, CIC may request you to apply for a travel document (once your PR expires) or invite for an interview (in Canada) to determine your permanent residency status.

      Reply
  122. Roanne

    Hello,

    I am 22 years old, a full-time college student here in Canada with a PR card expiring next year.

    My parents are who also have a PR card expiring next year are working abroad to support my studies since they cannot find a job here in Canada. They have not met the requirement of 730 days (maybe only 100/730 days) but would like to renew their PR card …

    Would they be able to renew their PR card or is this a lost cause? Can they get fined (for tax purposes)?

    Thank you !

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hi Roanne,

      I certainly wouldn’t call your predicament a lost cause although I would feel awkward giving advice without fully understanding your case. PR cards hold very strict parameters in order to minimize any potential abuse and this could play a factor in your issue. If you’d like further guidance, we’d be happy to provide you with a consultation to discuss your situation in greater detail.

      Best Regards.

      Reply
  123. Moe

    Hi,

    My Husband has his PR card and we have booked tickets to Lebanon In July.. my husband will be returning August 14, 2014 but his PR expires September 4, 2014… can he come back to Canada with it of does he have to renew it before he leaves?

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Moe,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Since your husband has a valid Permanent Resident Card, is travelling and returning before the expiry of his Permanent Resident Card, he should be ok to come back to Canada. At the same time, we strongly suggest that your husband make an application to renew his Permanent Resident Card before he travels in July. Kindly go to http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out our free on-line assessment. From there we will be able to complete a thorough assessment of your husband’s situation and we can also work together to get your husband a renewed Permanent Resident Card.

      Reply
  124. Anonymous

    Hi there,

    My wife, 6 year old son and I have been living in Canada as Permanent Residents for the past 4 years therefore we can apply for citizenship.
    We also have another 6 month old son who was born in Canada and will obviously have citizenship for life.

    The problem is we have to move back to the UK. I’ve been ill and we need some family help while I get back to full health.

    I still have aspirations to move back to Canada in the future and also want my eldest son to have the option to live in Canada when he is older as I believe it will give him better opportunities.

    Is it still worth me putting in the citizenship application before we leave? Or would it be a futile exercise trying to get citizenship while living in the UK?

    I would really appreciate your advice on this.

    Thanks
    mark

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hello Mark,

      To apply for a citizenship you need to reside in Canada for a minimum of 1095 days in the last 4 years. Which means the four years and 1095 days will be counted from the date you do submit your application. To avoid any residency days I would suggest to submit your application before you go to the UK. if you need a professional assistance please contact us http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  125. Henrique C

    Dear Michael,

    I am a Brazilian citizen, I applied for a PR in Canada and received it. When arrived in Canada, I applied for a PR card, wich is vallid until 2016.

    My issue is: I have also an Australian PR, and I intend to go to Australia in 2016. If I had to quit my job there for any reason and choose to live in Canada, but with the Canadian PR card expired, Will I have the Canadian PR status?

    I have read in some of your answers that the PR card is only for travelling, and I understand that the PR status is never lost; is that correct?

    Another question: if i live for good in Australia, without Australian citizenship, what should be done when I intend to go to Canada in order to visit my friends? since the immigration will not let me get in because of my expired PR card…

    I confused with the options and everything. I would really appreciate your help

    Henry

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Henry,
      PR status can be lost if you do not meet the Canadian residency requirements. Take a look here: http://www.visaplace.com/blog-immigration-law/pr-card-renewals/canada-long-renew-pr-card/ to learn more about the Residency Requirements for PR Status.
      To answer the second part of your question, as a Brazilian citizen you will be required to obtain a visitor visa to enter Canada.
      I hope this information is helpful to you.

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  126. Ali

    Hi Michael,

    My grandfather is currently living in Canada and his PR card is about to expire. He has not lived in Canada for 2 years in past 5yrs as required. I have read your very helpful posts and it seems like that one option that he has is to apply for his PR card renewal after staying in Canada for 2 full years.

    My question is that his health card is going to expire in Dec 2014, will he be able to renew his health card without a valid PR card? If he applies for his PR card after 2 yrs will immigration officers question his staying in Canada with a expired PR card for two years? Will that be a problem?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Ali
      Thanks for your comments.

      Yes your grandfather can stay in Canada and when he accumulates 2 years, he can apply for a renewal of his PR Card. There will be no questions about this generally. It is very common. For his Health Card, generally this should not impact that renewal because he is still a PR even if he does not have a renewed PR card.
      Hope this helps
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  127. Rose

    Hi !

    I have expired PR card but already in process urgently but my problem need to go to Mexico for 3 nights 4 days only and I checked in Mexico City Travel Document process in one week? Do you think I can re enter in Canada with expired PR card?

    Reply
    1. Sonia Grewal

      Hello Rose,

      Thank you for your question. It is always advisable not to travel outside of Canada with an expired PR Card. You will not be able to re-enter unless a Travel Document is obtained. You can follow up with CIC in regards to your pending PR Card Renewal. Our firm can also assist you with the urgent processing of your PR Card, if required. Please contact us at [email protected] if you require further assistance.

      Reply
  128. Liza

    Hi Mr. Michael,

    Just saw your website which is quite helpful, am in a problem & need your help & advise actually my husband in Canada has sponsored me I came to Canada stayed for 01 month in 2013 got my landing paper my PR was processed but due some job commitments I have to came back to my home country, as I have checked on website my PR was dispatched, I think my husband has collected now I want to go back but he is not giving me PR nor attending my calls what should I do weather my PR card remains valid if it is returned back to Canada office.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Liza

      Thank you for your kind words about our website. We do our best to be informative. If you wish to return to Canada and you do not have a PR card, you will been to apply for a travel permit to your nearest Canadian Embassy. They can issue you a permit to return to Canada as a PR. Once you enter Canada, you can then make inquires as to what happened with your PR Crd.
      Best
      Michael

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  129. Nan

    Hello Michael,

    I’m currently living with my Canadian spouse in the state. I got my PR card renewed before it expired but I did not go to pick it up.

    Can I take a plane to return to Canada to take the oath of citizenship? Do I have to apply for a travel document?

    Alternatively, can my spouse and I use our own car to return to Canada without a travel document?

    Thank you very much,

    Best Regards,

    Nan

    Reply
  130. Jenn

    Hello Michael,

    I’m currently living with my Canadian spouse in the state. I got my PR card renewed before it expired but I did not go to pick it up.

    Can I take a plane to return to Canada to take the oath of citizenship? Do I have to apply for a travel document?

    Alternatively, can my spouse and I use our own car to return to Canada without a travel document?

    Thank you very much,

    Best Regards,

    Jenn

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Jenn

      It’s probably best that you and your spouse use your own car to travel back into Canada but you have to provide proof of your PR status regardless.
      Good luck
      Michael

      Reply
  131. dinesh

    Hello sir,

    I am pr of canada and i stayed in canada for aound 400 days, but to my medical condition i came back to my country inorder to get help from my family members. But now my pr card is expering and i m not i any condition for travelling. Whom should i contact for assistant or anything could be done in this case

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Dinesh

      If you have been out of Canada for more than 3 years in a 5 year period, you may have an issue in renewing your PR card. You can apply on humanitarian grounds based on things like a medical condition but you will have to provide proof. You can contact us for assistance.

      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  132. Sim

    Dear Michael,

    I wish to ask you a question about the delays in receiving renewed PR Cards.

    My application for a PR card renewal was received on Nov 4, 2013 and CIC started processing it on Dec 6, 2013. My application still shows ‘in process’ although the processing time displayed on CIC website is 89 days and dealing with applications received by Jan 2014.

    Many thanks in advance
    Sim
    Can you please share your feedback whether the delays are common?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Sim

      Delays for PR renewals are common but yours is taking some time. If you have an urgent need to process your PR card, there is a procedure for that. Often applying online though the CIC website causes some issues. We try to avoid that. You may want to contract an immigration professional for help
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  133. Uzma

    Hi,

    Can I sponsor my husband for Canada on my PR Card. Please advise me.

    Best Regards

    Uzma Khan sen

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Uzma

      If you are a Canadian Permanent Resident you may be eligible to sponsor your husband. However, as a PR you have to be residing in Canada in order to sponsor your spouse. Only citizens of Canada may be permitted to sponsor their spouses while they are overseas. For more information about Spousal Sponsorship Applications visit our website.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  134. Michael Niren Post author

    Thank you for the kind words Paresh

    If you enter Canada before your PR card expires you generally should be fine. Then you should stay in Canada for the required time and then apply for a renewal. If you can’t do this, then if you leave Canada, and you intend to return you may have to apply for a PR card renewal on Humanitarian grounds and explain why you did not meet the residency requirements. These cases are not that easy but that is the approach I would take.
    Best
    Michael Niren

    Reply
  135. Jenn

    Hi Michael,

    I applied for Canadian Citizenship on Oct 2011 now I’m still waiting for the result. My PR card expired on March 5, 2014 and I have renewed my PR card (CIC sent me letter to pick up the card on Jan 2014, due to personal issues I didn’t go to pick it up). I have been living with my spouse (Canadian citizen) in the U.S. since June 2012. Now I received the second notice to pick up the card on March 27,2014.

    1. Do you advise me to return to Canada to pick up my PR card on March 27, 2014?

    2. If I missed that appointment can I use a commercial vehicle like a plane to return to Canada to take the oath of citizenship in the near future? Do I have to apply for a travel document?

    Sincerely,

    Jenn

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Jenn

      Since you are outside of Canada in the US living with your Canadian spouse, your days outside of Canada count towards your PR days, so your absence from Canada is not an issue. You can come to Canada to pick up your PR Card. In terms of your missed appointment, are you talking about your Citizenship or PR card pick up appointment? They are two separate things. But you should get your PR card renewed regardless if you are outside of Canada.

      Best
      Michael

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  136. Nora

    I have sent visas for me and my children to renter to Canada but my daughter passport will expired in 25 March 2014 and the travel agent employee told me when I want to book a plane in 10 of March you may not allowed to pass by this passport is it true or not .Please if this will be the truth how I can do in my case.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Nora
      If your passport expires in March I would recommend that you renew it. If you get a visa, the visa may be only valid for the duration of your passport. Get a renewal and then apply for your visa.
      Good Luck
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  137. Gloria

    Hello,
    I hold Canadian passport and live with my children outside of Canada now. My two children’s PR card expired long time ago. I can still renew PR for my children in this condition? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Gloria
      Thank you for the post. You can certainly try to renew your children’s PR card on humanitarian grounds but you may have to sponsor them again for PR given the fact their they have been outside of Canada for a long time (if you mean more than 3 years in the last 5 years)
      For information about renewal of PR cards you can visit our website.
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  138. Kaye

    Hello

    My PR card will expire on june 2014, I am currently outside canada for vacation with my family but i got pregnant and decided to give birth here (outside canda) and my due is on april 1st.
    So my question is can i still travel back to canada in a commercial vehicle (plane) a month before my pr card expires? Is it still valid to re-enter canada?

    Thanks a lot!
    Kaye

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Kaye

      Yes you can travel to Canada anytime before your PR Card expires.You should not have an issue. If you return to Canada with your new child however, there could be an issue as your new child is not a Canadian citizen or PR. Do you intend to travel with your child?
      Good luck on your pregnancy!
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  139. Emma

    thx for you reply,
    What about the new rules it affect all immigrant PR resident who did not submit their files
    thx

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Emma
      I am not sure I understand your question. Please re-state
      Michael

      Reply
  140. Ibs

    I am a canadian citizen sponsored my mother in 2006 and last year moved to Malaysia on an assignment for few years. After moving, my mother got her immigration so she traveled to Canada and got her PR card after landing. Since there is no one who she can live with she moved to Malaysia with me. I am afraid that she will not be able to complete her 730 day PR obligation before her card expires in 2018. Can you suggest if before hand i can get some exemption from CIC that may extend this 5 year restriction. Secondly can she go to Canada and then travel by road to USA to stay with my sister and that period of living in USA be considered living in Canada.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi lbs

      Your mother’s case may qualify for a PR Card renewal on humanitarian grounds. But to succeed, you have to make a strong case to succeed. Also if she returns to Canada through non-commercial travel by road that generally is fine even if her PR card has expired and she has not met the days–but there are no guarantees. The best thing to do is to professionally prepare a PR Card renewal case on H&C grounds. Best Michael

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  141. Juan

    Hello again Michael,
    As reference to my previous question , I got an Offer for a Job in Canada and I am willing to Go for it . however i have some concerns if you please could help :
    1- How to Enter to Canada and my PR is already expired ? Do i need to show my PR even expired with the Job Offer that I got , will they let me enter Canada ?
    2- If all is ok and they let me enter canada , what should i do with my family that don’t have any PR ? Do i need to renew my PR first and later ask for Visas for them to join me in Canada ?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Juan

      Congratulations on your job offer! If your PR expired and you are outside of Canada, you will need to get a special travel document from the Canadian Embassy. You can show your job offer and that would help. For your family that does not have PR, you may be able to sponsor them if they are you children, spouse, parent or grandparent but it depends on the situation. You can contact us for details.
      Good Luck
      Michael

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  142. Emma

    Hello,
    My PR card will expire in May-2014, can I renew my driving license and medical card in August-2014, with an expired PR card

    thx
    Emma

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Emma

      Thank you for your post. You should be able to renew your driving licence and medical cards with an expired PR Card. A PR card is for travel purposes primarily. But since your PR card expires in May, you can certainly renew it.
      Best
      Michael

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  143. Vaishali

    sir my card will be expiring in 3-4 months. i’ve not stayed for 730 days.
    at present I’m studying and my B.Tech will be complete next year 2015. however at that time my pr will expire.
    now how to renew my card.
    thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Vaishali

      If you are in Canada and your PR card expires but you have not met the residency requires for a renewal, all you have to do is remain in Canada for the required days and then you can apply. If you are, however, outside of Canada, you can return BEFORE your PR card expires and you will be admitted into Canada. Now if you are outside of Canada and your PR card had already expired and you have not met the residency requirements, you may be out of luck. You could in this case, apply for a PR card renewal on humanitarian grounds but you should hire a lawyer to help you with a case like that given that such approvals are not easy to obtain.
      Best of Luck
      Michael

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  144. Sameeha

    Hello ,

    I have a PR that expires in July 2015 and i have only stayed in Canada for 2 weeks when i first did the landing and then i had to return back to my own country .

    I am planning to travel to Canada possibly during august 2014 and stay in Canada for good.

    I have read in your earlier post that after which i have to stay for 2 years and then apply for renewal . However i am concerned about the time of ENTERING Canada , it would be obvious to the office that i shall not be able to complete 2 years before my PR expires .

    1- What can happen in this case ? Would the officer report me ? if yes how can i justify my absence ? is it enough to say and prove that i was abroad studying for my MBA at a UK university ?

    2- Can i show my student papers to the officer before he/she reports me ?

    3- Would i for ANY reason be denied entry ?

    Looking forward for your help and support

    Regards

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Sameeha

      Generally speaking if you enter Canada and your PR Card is valid when you enter, you should be ok in terms of being admitted–even if during the period you had your card, you have not been in Canada for very long. It is never a bad idea to carry with you any supporting documents showing your ties to Canada. But you do not have to show this to an officer unless they ask for it or have questions. Best Michael

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  145. Juan

    Hello Michael,

    Thank you for your appreciated reply.
    One more thing , If i got a job there , will it be easy to renew my residency ? and what about my family ? i will have to proceed with a new request for them ?
    Thank You.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Juan

      I am not sure if you are referring to getting a job in Canada or overseas. If you are taking about getting a job in Canada yes that would help your case as it shows ties to Canada.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  146. Juan

    Hello ,
    My PRC expired at the end of 2013 and I am outside Canada .
    I didn’t stay in Canada for 730 days during the last 5 years , since first i didn’t find a job and second I had to stay close to my parents because they were sick . however I want to keep my Residency there as I get married now and planning to go there with my family .
    If i find a Job there , Can i Apply and go there ?
    how about renewing my PRC ?
    Please can you advise .

    Thank you for your help.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Juan

      Thank you for your question. If you are outside of Canada and your PR card expired you can apply for a special travel document at the local Canadian Embassy. However, if you did not meet the residency requirements, you will have to submit a request on humanitarian grounds. This is not always easy and can take a number of months. I would suggest getting legal assistance with this one
      Best
      Michael

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  147. Tottee

    Hi Michael;

    I did not meet the residency obligation of being physically living in Canada for 730 days. I have lived in Canada for one full year and then moved for living abroad (for work) and I was visiting Canada for a couple of months on different occasions until my PRC expired. Since our relocation to Canada, my working wife and our 7-year old daughter (both holding a PR status) have always been living in Canada together with our 2-year old son (born in Canada; so Canadian citizen). The wife and daughter have been waiting for their approval of the Canadian citizenship applications.

    Now, I applied for a PRTD at the CIC office in London because I decided to quit my overseas work and be again united with my family in Canada since my wife has been suffering from responsibilities and duties of work, two kids, and a house. I asked the CIC office in London to consider humanitarian and compassionate grounds of my PRTD application.

    I would very much appreciate it if you could comment on the following concerns:

    1- I know that the CIC officer will refuse my PRTD based on the residency obligations. Do you think I will have a strong reason of humanitarian and compassionate grounds (stressed in my application) related to my family (wife and two kids) living in Canada?

    2- Of course I can appeal the refusal, but would the appealing be successful considering the humanitarian and compassionate grounds related to my family in Canada?

    3- In case my application is eventually refused, how successful/powerful a sponsorship application can be for me having my wife as a sponsor?

    Thank you very much

    Tottee

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  148. Roman

    My PR card expired 2 years ago but i am sending the documents for renewal.I have lived in Canada for ~7 years and never left the country. I am just curious will i encounter any troubles (deportation,fees) due to ‘Late’ PR card renewal?
    Id much appreciate the response

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  149. S

    Hello – My PR card expired May 2012. I no longer want to be a permanent resident of Canada for professional (and financial) reasons. I have no plans to renew the card at the moment. I have met the residency requirement as I am married to a Canadian and we have lived together outside of Canada, in the US, since 2007. Do I need to do anything further to make sure I no longer have permanent resident status or is just not renewing sufficient? I have heard about voluntarily giving up PR status, but I am not sure if it applies to me since my card is on longer valid. Thanks for providing help!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello S
      You can just do nothing and remain a PR indefinitely if you are living outside of Canada with a Canadian spouse. If you wish to give up PR for tax reasons or other personal reasons you can do so but generally its always good to have Canadian PR in case you ever wish to come back. But in that you are living outside of Canada with a Canadian spouse, your PR will continue to remain valid.

      Regards
      Michael

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  150. Jennifer

    Hello Michael,
    I have applied for Canadian citizenship 5 months back and my PR card will be expiring in 4 months. As my in laws are quite old I might have to leave the country any time within couple of months and stay for about an year or two (I am not sure of the time)in my home country. My husband will be here in Canada. So as I understand with the previous replies from you to other people I will require the PR card for travel.. so can you pls suggest me what is the best way for me… do you think I can go now or should I renew it and then go?

    Thanks
    jennifer

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Jennifer

      Thank you for your question.
      For you to travel it depends when you wish to leave and how long. If you intend on returning back to Canada before your PR card expires you should have no issues. If you intend to return after it expires then you may have to get a special permit from the Canadian Embassy overseas which could be difficult. But regardless you should apply for a renewal right away.

      Hope that helps

      Michael

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  151. Enrique

    I was wondering if when my PR expires, does that mean I will no longer be able to work in Canada? WIll I have to leave the country?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hi Enrique

      If you have a PR card and it expires, you are still a Permanent Resident and you have the right to work in Canada. What a PR card does is give you the right to travel as a PR and return to Canada. So if you have travel plans you should get your PR card renewed.

      Hope that helps
      Michael

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  152. Michael Niren

    Hi All. Just to let you know that we are now accepting online appointment bookings. This means that you if wish to speak with us about your case, you can book an appointment securely online.

    Best
    Michael Niren

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  153. Ziena

    Dear Micheal, I landed in Nov 2002 to join my husband who is a Canadian citizen. We had to leave Canada in 2003 as my husband had to work outside of Canada. I have renewed my PR Card one time in 2007 and applied recently for the 2nd renewal. I know that I can count my days outside of Canada towards my PR renewal as I am living with my Canadian husband which I l explained in my application. I received a letter saying to show up to pick up my PR card but saying a determination of residency obligation must be made and the letter asked me to bring documents proving I lived in Canada during the last 5 days. Is that normal? Should I be concerned? I will take with documents to prove my husband Canadian citizenship, our marriage cert and a proof that we are living outside. Is that enough?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Ziena

      You are right. If you are a PR and residing outside of Canada but are with your Canadian spouse then your days away should not be counted against you. You must however, make sure that this is properly documented. If you got a letter to pick up your PR card, likely there should not be any issues but you should bring with you the proof in case they ask.

      Good Luck
      Michael Niren

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  154. pawan

    hello michael. we came in canada on may-2007 and now citizen. (me my mother, two sister and dad) but because of dad’s business in india he din’t stayed long in canada and now he’s pr expired in june-2012. however we 4 are now citizen. can my mom now sponsor my dad on spouse visa as she’s canadian now? is it possible to get new pr for my dad?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Pawan
      Thanks for the question. Your mom should be able to sponsor your father. If his PR card expired in June 2012, then likely he lost his PR status unless he can show the required days in Canada.
      Best
      Michael

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  155. Glenys

    Dear Micheal, We landed in Jan 2008 as a family of 2 adults and 3 children, then my eldest daughter got accepted to do a course to obtain 2 Law Degrees one in Paris and one in London (UK)she has been in Canada every holiday time working summer jobs etc and the has to go back to university for her courses,during her time away two of the years was at res living at the university and the rest of the time a room in someones flat,when we tried to get her PR renewed we sent pages of proof that we support her financially during the year and that this is her only home,she is still 22 at this moment in time and today we have received another form basically asking us for the same information we keep sending. As soon as uni finishes she is back in Canada and this is her home. Her course finishes for good in June so she will then be here full time,is there anything else we can do. Regards

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Glenys

      Thank for you for your question. PR Renewals can be frustrating especially in a case like yours. So long as she is a dependant of yours and full time in school your case should be approved. But making the case and dealing with CIC is what is challenging. You can get professional help to assist you in this case if you are getting nowhere with them

      Regards
      Michael

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  156. Asif

    Dear Michael,

    My PR Card will expire in Jun 2013. Currently I am in Canada. I have not completed 730 days required period yet. However I am planning to go for a short visit abroad (to pack-up) and return to Canada before expiry of my PR Card.

    1. Can I legally, live in Canada once I return before the expiry of my PRC, despite an expired PR card ?.
    2. Can the authorities terminate my PR status ? Even though, I tell them that it is my intention to live in Canada going forward ?
    3. If renewal of PRC is applied and a person does not meet that 730 day period, what do the authorities do ?
    a) Reject and return his renewal application, to be re-applied when the criteria is met ?
    b) Strip him of his PR status and ask him and his family to leave the country.
    (Despite the fact that two infants are born Canadian Citizens.

    Shall look forward to your prompt response.

    Thanks
    Regards

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Asif
      Below are answers to your questions:

      1. Can I legally, live in Canada once I return before the expiry of my PRC, despite an expired PR card ?.
      ANSWER: Yes you can. But if your PR card expires before you return, you could have an issue returning to Canada.
      2. Can the authorities terminate my PR status ? Even though, I tell them that it is my intention to live in Canada going forward ?
      ANSWER: They can’t terminate your status. Only an immigration judge can do that but they can prevent you from boarding a plane with your PR card.
      3. If renewal of PRC is applied and a person does not meet that 730 day period, what do the authorities do ?
      a) Reject and return his renewal application, to be re-applied when the criteria is met ?
      ANSWER: Your application for a PR card can still be approved on Humanitarian grounds even if you dont meet the required days in Canada.
      b) Strip him of his PR status and ask him and his family to leave the country.
      (Despite the fact that two infants are born Canadian Citizens.

      ANSWER: See my above answers.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards
      Michael

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  157. JERRY

    Hi Michael,

    My dad’s PR card expired in 2008 and he has not entered Canada since 2003 because he has to take care his parents in Taiwan.

    Now he wants to come to Canada to visit us? What type of documents would he need to enter Canada?

    Recently, there is a visa-free agreement between Taiwan and Canada. So should he enter Canada with the expired PR card or just the Taiwanese passport alone? Any chance he can retain his PR card?

    Many thanks.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Jerry

      It may be possible to get his PR card renewed on Humanitarian Grounds. Our he could abandon his PR status and come as a visitor. If he wants to keep his PR status, contact a lawyer for help on this.

      Best
      Michael Niren

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  158. Jerry

    Hi Michael,

    My dad’s PR card expired in 2008 and he has not entered into Canada since 2003 because he needs to take care of his elderly parents in Taiwan.

    Now he wants to visit us in Canada in the next couples of weeks. What is he supposed to do with the travel document before entering into Canada?

    Also there is a new no visa agreement between Taiwan and Canada now. So is he supposed to enter into Canada with his expired PR card or just the Taiwanese passport alone? Is there any way that he can retain his PR status?

    Many thanks.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Jerry

      This question was asked and answered in another post. Contact a lawyer for help if your dad wants to keep his PR status as it will be a humanitarian case.
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  159. priya

    Hi I am PR of Canada and my card is expired by Jan 13/2013. Just today in the airport I realised and they didnt let me go to Canada. I am an Indian citizen. What will happen if I go to embassy in Bombay and how long will be the processing times. Please reply me as early as possible. I am pregnant too. So I have to travel early.
    Thanks
    Priya

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hi Priya

      This is a common problem. You can go to the Embassy and ask for a travel document. Given your condition, it is important to get this expedited as soon as possible. Think you will need legal representation for this one
      Michael

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  160. Anny Chugh

    Hi Michael, I am a Canadian resident and my PR card will get expired in June 2013. I am presently a full time student at University. Due to my research presentation, I have to visit to Chicago in july 13. We as a family includes my husband and daughter 6 yr old had plan to get canadian citizenship this year as we bsically qualify for it.

    I’m confused what to do, should I go for PR card renewal or to apply citizenship at its expiration. and will I get the US visa if the card is expiring at probably the same time. I have Indian passport so far.

    Thanks, in need of your expert advice.

    Anny

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Anny

      Thank you for your post. A PR Card Renewal and Citizenship application are two separate things. PR cards are for travel and if yours expires you may have trouble re entering Canada. Once you are a Canadian citizen, you will not need a PR Card. My advise is always to renew your PR card to allow for future travel even if you wish to apply for Citizenship. Again once you are a citizen you won’t have to worry about PR cards.

      Best
      Michael

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  161. Gal

    hello Michael. i have a question. ive been in canada 5 years i applied for citizenship one year ago so my application is in process. but my pr card got expired 3 months ago. in october 2012. what should i do now.? do i need to apply for renew pr card or i should wait for my citizenship? and one more question. is it a big problem to renew my permanent card because it is expired 3 months ago? …

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Gal

      Thank you for your question. PR Card renewals and citizenship applications are separate things. PR cards are for travel so if you wish to travel and your citizenship has not yet been approved, you will need to renew your PR card. And it is ok if your card has expired so long are you are in Canada. The only problem would be if you wish to travel and your card is expired. You would need a renewed PR card first.
      Best
      Michael

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  162. Robert

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks for your response. How can I contact you given that I am in Taiwan?

    Cheers,

    Robert

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Robert
      You are most welcome. You can certainly contact us by email at [email protected]

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  163. Robert

    Dear Sirs,

    My PR card expired in Aug. 2008 and since Aug. 2005, my wife (Canadian citizen) and me moved back to Taiwan taking care of her parents (80 years old dad and 72 years old mom with seriously ill for a long time). We have a daughter of 7 years old (Canadian citizen) and we are planning to settle in Canada in this year.

    Do you have any advise on how we can proceed our plan?

    Thank you and look forward to your advise.

    Sincerely,

    Robert

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Robert

      Given your situation you can apply for a PR Card renewal on Humanitarian Grounds. This isn’t easy but based on your post you may have a strong case. We can help with this situation.
      Best
      Michael

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  164. Dave

    Hi,

    My Parents (Father 73 and Mother 66 years old) have their PR card due to expire on April 13th 2013. They will only be completing about 15 months of physical residence in Canada on that date, hence not fulfilling the criteria for extension of residency. I’d like to mention that they did intend to fulfill the residency criteria when they applied, but certain family related responsibilities in home country caused them to fall short (siblings wedding, their property that needed to be arranged for rental etc). These reasons we recognize do not probably qualify under “Humanitarian”, but it would be very helpful to know what our options are.
    1. Should they apply for Renewal on April 13 with some request for granting leniency/exception?
    2. Or if the only option is to continue stay in Canada until they do complete the criteria, what is their option if they do need to travel out of the country on an emergency before the manage to complete the criteria?
    3. If they loose their PR, what are the chances of applying again and getting a new PR in the future?

    Thanks
    Dave

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Dave

      Thank you for sharing your PR Card question with us.

      Your parents if they need to travel in April can apply for a renewal of their PR card status then on humanitarian grounds. This is not easy but can be done if handled properly. OR if they do not need to travel they can just wait in Canada until they have accumulated enough days to qualify for their PR renewal. If they apply early, and are refused they can appeal the decision. The options they choose really depends on whether they need to travel outside of Canada BEFORE their current PR Card expires.

      I hope this helps
      Sincerely
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  165. Ester

    My common law husband went back to Australia to visit his family for less than 2 weeks. Coming back To Canada and trying to board his flight today they told him his permanent residency expired a year ago. He was never advised that he needed to renew it, we also never received anything in the mail. At the Sydney airport they had him file papers, take pictures etc and they let him onto the plane. He’s on his way from Sydney to Vancouver with a connecting flight to Montreal. Will he have problems once he gets to Vancouver or Montreal? He has been living here for over 10 years. And why was he not notified at the airport on his way out of Canada?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Ester

      Thanks for the question. This is a common problem. It is not generally known that people have to renew their PR cards before travel. The fact that they let your husband on a plane is a good sign. Sometimes they don’t even do that and people have to apply for a special travel document at the Canadian Embassy. Your husband should be admitted to Canada upon his arrival but make sure he applies for a new PR card. If you need help call us!

      Regards
      Michael

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  166. Mr. Tito Puente

    Hi,

    I was wondering if my PR card expires if I must leave the country by that expiration date if I have no valid PR card?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello

      You do not have to leave Canada if your PR card expires. A PR Card is for travel so if you intend to travel outside of Canada, apply for a renewal first.

      I hope that helps
      Michael

      Reply
  167. Omar Halloum

    Thank you,very helpful article. When is the PR considered expired? on the face of my card it says November 2012. on the back it says i became permanent resident on October 30 2007. Do I have to re-enter Canada before OCT 30 or can i still re-enter before end of November. I fully meet the residency requirements. Thanks again

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Omar

      Thank you for the kind words. Your PR card expires 5 years from the date the PR card is issued. PR cards are for travel so I would reenter before it expires and you can then renew it while in Canada. That is the safest route
      Michael

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  168. Kevin

    Thanks for the prompt reply Michael. I appreciate the information.

    Reply
  169. Kevin

    Hi,

    My permanent resident card expired at the start of this year and I only just realised. My wife traveled outside of Canada and realised when she returned that it had expired. Immigration let her in without any problems but they said she should either apply for a new card or apply for citizenship. We have been here 5 years without leaving so we meet the criteria. She was told not to do both but I’m a bit wary of applying for citizenship without a valid permanent residency card. Can you tell us whether to apply directly for citizenship with an expired card or renew the card and then apply? It seems strange that they would tell us not to do both.

    Thanks,
    Kev.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Kev
      Thank you for the question. You can do both actually. One has nothing to do with the other. Citizenship has its own criteria. If you qualify for it, apply for it. PR Card renewals are for travelling as a PR outside of Canada. Now both applications, to be successful, one needs to determine if you indeed qualify.

      Hope this helps

      Michael

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  170. Affan

    Hello

    My PRC Card expire at 2009 , and i didn’t stay there 730 days , i just stay only 1 month in Canada , now want to go back to CANADA , other website i read that “Application for Travel Document ” i want to know the procedure , I don’t have and postal address in Canada.i m 24 years old.
    plz help i ll be really thankful

    Affan
    [email protected]

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello
      You may be able to apply for a PR card renewal based on humanitarian grounds. You have to make a strong case that you never intended to abandon your residency despite your absence from Canada.

      Reply

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