How to Renew Your Permanent Resident Card
Permanent resident cards in Canada are special cards that are given to permanent residents. These permanent resident cards, or PR cards, are valid for about five years, and they expire after this five year period.
You are responsible for making sure that your permanent resident card is always valid, so you will need to renew your permanent resident card before it expires. Generally, permanent resident card renewals can take about three months to process, so you should try to renew your permanent resident card at least six months before the expiration date.
Renewing your permanent resident card in Canada
In order to renew your permanent resident card, you will need to:
1. Fill out the appropriate application forms.
2. Have passport photos taken to include in your permanent residence card renewal application.
3. Gather the required supporting documents for your application.
4. Pay the fee for your renewal application processing, and include the receipt with your supporting documentation. Even a renewal for a permanent residence card requires the fee, passport photos and supporting documentation.
One of the final things you should do before your apply to renew your permanent resident card is to have your application package reviewed by a licensed immigration lawyer. This is a very important step, because a mistake or omission made on your application form could result in your application being delayed or denied.
In addition, renewing your permanent resident card can be somewhat problematic if you are facing certain obstacles such as having your permanent resident card be already expired, having it expire outside of Canada, or not having met the residency requirement. If you have or fear you will be experiencing any of these difficulties, please contact a licensed immigration lawyer for assistance. We can help you!
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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