My Permanent Resident Card Has Expired Outside of Canada

Expired Permanent Resident Card

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, your permanent resident card is an important document that allows you to re-enter Canada should you leave and go abroad. All permanent resident cards have expiry dates, and they must be renewed accordingly. The catch is, you need to be in Canada when you do this.

Problems can arise when a permanent resident is abroad and their permanent resident card (PR card) expires on them. This means they cannot use their card to get back into Canada, and they cannot renew their card because they’re not in Canada.

So what can you do? Don’t panic! This happens often and there is an option available to you.

When Your Permanent Resident Card Expires Outside of Canada

When your permanent resident card has expired outside of Canada, you will need to go to your closest Canadian consulate and apply for a travel document. This travel document is what will allow you to return to Canada and renew your card in the usual manner.

Applying for a travel document as a permanent resident will still require that you can show proof of your identity and proof that you have met the residency requirement for maintaining permanent residence in Canada – this means you need to have lived in Canada (been physically present) for two years of the last five. You must be able to prove this in order to obtain your travel document.

If you cannot prove that you have met the residency requirement or you need assistance in obtaining a travel document and renewing your card, please speak to a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as possible. We are available to help you with renewing your permanent resident card, even in cases where you may be facing difficulties.

When Returning to Canada by Commercial Vehicle: Plane, Bus, Train or Boat

If you are returning by a commercial vehicle the permanent resident needs to apply for a PR travel document or they may not be allowed to enter Canada. Once you are back in Canada by PR travel document you can apply for a new PR card.

When Returning to Canada by Private Vehicle

If you are returning by a private vehicle to Canada there is a list of other documents a permanent resident can use to establish your identity when returning to Canada. Once youa re back in Canada you can apply for a new PR card.

How We Can Help You Get Your PR Card

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Expired Permanent Resident Card

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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

  • Iman

    What if I need to leave Canada and my permanent resident card is expired.

  • Jerome

    I was asked for supporting documents on my application for a Permanent Resident Travel Visa. I have been away from Canada day after we officially landed for 2 1/2 years, so I still have 6 more months to go back and still maintain my residency obligation. Why am I being asked of the supporting documents and what kind of documents should I present?

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