How Long In Advance Should I Renew My Permanent Resident Card?
Are you a permanent resident who holds a valid Canadian permanent resident card? You may have noticed that your permanent resident card has an expiry date, which means that at some point you will have to renew it. If your permanent resident card’s expiry date is approaching, you should submit an application to renew it as soon as possible.
Currently, it takes approximately 73 days on average to process an application to renew an existing permanent resident card, as of March 27th 2013.
This means that once Citizenship and Immigration Canada receives your card, it will take approximately 73 days for the application to be processed. However, if you make a mistake on your application this can result in an even longer processing time – or a denial.
How to renew your permanent resident card in Canada
1. Obtain the forms to renew your permanent resident card. This is the same form as the original permanent resident card except you have to indicate that it is for a renewal by checking the appropriate box.
2. Fill in every field of the forms included in the application, but if something does not apply to you simply write “NA” in the space so that it does not appear that you missed something.
3. Gather the required supporting documents for your application as per the instructions on the document checklist.
4. Speak to a licensed immigration lawyer regarding your application to ensure that you have not left anything out or made an error that could result in a denial or delay with your application.
5. Mail your application to the appropriate Case Processing Centre while retaining a photocopy of the courier slip for your own records.
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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