What You Ought to Know About PR Card Renewal

PR Card Renewal

 PR Card Renewal

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.

The Basics

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, you can apply for a new permanent resident card if one of the following applies:

  • Your card is about to expire, or has already expired
  • Your card has been lost or stolen
  • Your card has been destroyed

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.”

How to Apply

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:

  • Proof of ID – this could be a passport, driver’s license or other identity document that was issued in your country of citizenship.
  • Proof that you are currently residing in Canada.
  • Two up-to-date photographs that meet the published specifications. These should not be treated as passport photos.

Pay the Fees

There are two ways you can pay the $50 fee for your PR card renewal. These are:

  1. Online (this is generally the preferred method)
  2. At a Canadian financial institution

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.”

Processing Times

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:

  • Be travelling outside of Canada in the next three months
  • Intend on returning to Canada via a commercial vehicle, such as a plane, bus or boat.

Caution: Even if you meet these conditions, it will not be guaranteed that your request will be processed before you have to leave Canada.

Do You Have More Questions About PR Card Renewal?

If you have questions or concerns about PR card renewal, our team of immigration experts is here to help. Please contact us today!

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

  • Gen

    Hi my PR cwrd expired already since 2014 i havent renewed it until now.. will that still be ok? I arrive here 2009.. thanks..

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Gen. If you leave the country, you will not be allowed back in without obtaining a visitor visa. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

  • Muhammad Ahsun

    I and my family (my spouse & 2 kids) landed at Toronto on Feb 28th ’15 under Federal Skilled Workers scheme. We left Canada after 10 days and received our PR cards later which are valid till Jun 2020. We have not visited Canada since then due to some family and other issues. I want to check 2 things:
    – Our landing date was 28.02.2015, until which date at the maximum we should return to Canada to live to qualify for renewal of our PR cards without any inconvenience or legal consequences.
    – If we live in Canada for straight 2 years from Feb 2018 to Feb 2020, will this be enough for convenient renewal of our PR cards and consequently we can apply for citizenship after completion of required period of stay for citizenship purpose. Will the fact, that we have not visited or lived in Canada from Feb 2015 to Feb 2018 after the first landing, affect in any way renewal of PR cards.
    Appreciate your response.


    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Muhammad. The physical residency requirement to maintain your PR status is 730 days within Canada during the 5 years starting form when you receive your PR card. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

  • Saloni

    My husband PR card has expired in july 2011. But due to personal reasons he couldnt renew it. Is there a chance that it can renewed on humanitarian grounds. Thanks

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Saloni. We will need to know all the details about your husband’s situation, such as the amount of time spent in Canada, reasons for leaving, etc. There may be a case for Humanitarian grounds but without all the information we cannot tell. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for your husband. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

  • lysa

    hey, My PR card is about to expire on July 2 2016 and Im planning to go on a vacation on March 14 – 18 2016. so technically when I leave and go back to the country my PR card is not yet expired but just to be sure I just want to ask if am I gonna get in any trouble in the border just because my PR card is going to expire in less than 6 months? thank you

    • Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Lysa. You should not have any problems with the expiry date on your PR card provided that you return before it expires.
      Regards, Vahe

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