What happens if your Permanent Resident Card expires?
The majority of the information available regarding what happens when your Canadian permanent resident card expires relates to what happens when your permanent resident card expires inside of Canada.
The purpose of this article is to discuss what happens if your permanent resident card expires while inside of Canada.
So, what happens? Not much. When your permanent resident card expires, that doesn’t mean your permanent resident status expires. However, letting your permanent resident card expire can result in big problems.
Why do I need to renew your permanent resident card?
Your permanent resident card is an important document, because it serves as proof of your permanent resident status in Canada. Not only that, it allows you to re-enter the country after leaving. When you go to renew your permanent resident card after it has expired, the process can be much more problematic.
In addition, there is always the chance that you will have to leave Canada and travel abroad, whether you plan a vacation or you have an emergency abroad. In this case, you may end up scrambling and even then not get your permanent resident card in time, resulting in your being stranded outside of Canada with no way to get home.
If this happens to you, or your permanent resident card expires while you are outside of Canada, you will need to apply for a travel document and in order to obtain one you will have to provide evidence that you are a permanent resident of Canada and have met the residency requirement.
Need to Renew?
Renewing your permanent resident card before it expires doesn’t have to be a headache! There is paperwork to fill out, supporting documents to gather and you have to know where to file your application. Also it you have to file an urgent PR Card renewal, you can do so explaining the urgency but there are no guarantees your application will be processed on time.
We are a licensed immigration law firm that can help you with your permanent resident card renewal, even if you are facing difficulties or obstacles.
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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