What You Ought to Know About 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.
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:
- Online (this is generally the preferred method)
- 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.”
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.
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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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