What happens if your PR card expires?

PR Card Expires

Permanent resident cards (PR cards) all have an expiry date, and the government recommends that you take the necessary steps to renew your card at least six months in advance of this expiry date. However, often times permanent residents are unable to do so and end up with an expired card.  So what happens if your permanent resident card expires while you are in Canada? Well, it’s not like a driver’s license where it’s illegal to drive with an expired license. You’re still a permanent resident of Canada, just with an expired card. However, you need to take the steps to rectify the situation and renew your card.

What if my PR card expires outside of Canada?

If your permanent resident card expires while you are outside of Canada, that’s where the real obstacles are. This is because to renew your card, you need to be in Canada. But you cannot re-enter Canada with an expired permanent resident card. Instead, you will need a travel document to re-enter Canada, and this can be applied for at the Canadian consulate in the country where you are staying.

But obtaining a travel document is a lot like renewing your permanent resident card, because you need to prove to United States immigration authorities that you have met the residency obligation in order to maintain your permanent resident status – that you have been in Canada for at least two of the past five years. If you can’t, you can run into difficulties in getting a travel document and may have to make a humanitarian and compassionate case for yourself.

Work with an Immigration Expert to Renew Your PR Card

Renewing your PR card can be challenging. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you navigate these challenges.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Surekha

    My PR Card is expired on 2nd Aug . Unfortunately I have not completed the 730 days period. I will be completing it in April. Should I wait for the completion of my 730 days and apply or should I apply now.

    • Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Surekha,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! In order to better advise you, we would have to know a few more details about your case, such as the reasons for you being outside of Canada and not completing the 730 days. 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.

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