If your permanent resident card is about to expire, don’t worry – PR card renewal is a relatively simple process. Below we’re going to highlight everything you need to know about PR card renewal, and what your next steps should be.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, you can apply for a new permanent resident card if one of the following applies:
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website states: “To replace a PR card, follow the same steps to apply for a permanent resident card. You will need to provide the same documents, including photographs, and pay the $50 fee.”
The application form for PR card renewal can be found on the CIC website and is very straightforward to use. All the information you need to fill out the form and pay the fee is provided on this page.
According to the website: “Completed PR card application forms must be submitted by mail to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.”
You will also need to include the following documentation with your application:
There are two ways you can pay the $50 fee for your PR card renewal. These are:
Below we’ve quoted the steps you need to take for option two directly from cic.gc.ca:
“We will need to mail you an original receipt. It may take two to three weeks to arrive. Bring this receipt to pay your fees at the bank or wire service. They will keep one section and give the rest back to you. Send one section with your application and keep the other for your records.”
You can check online here to see updated information on how long it will take to process your PR card renewal after it has been received by the processing centre in Sydney. The current processing time for PR card renewals is 85 calendar days, although this may change.
However, if you need to leave Canada before your new PR card can be renewed, you can apply for urgent processing. In order to be eligible for this service, you must:
Caution: Even if you meet these conditions, it will not be guaranteed that your request will be processed before you have to leave Canada.
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