Renew Your Permanent Resident Card
Someone who is a legal permanent resident of Canada must meet certain obligations in order to keep their permanent resident status. One of the main obligations for keeping your permanent resident status is that you renew your permanent resident card, which needs to be done every five years.
There are two main things to keep in mind when you renew your permanent resident card in Canada. The first is that you must be physically within Canada to do so, and the second is that you must be able to demonstrate that you have met the residency obligation. The residency obligation for permanent residents is being physically present in Canada for two years of the five year period, or 730 days. The days do not have to be consecutive.
When should I renew my permanent resident card?
You should aim to have your new permanent resident card by the time your old card expires. However, sometimes you can only try your best because processing times vary. You can check processing times with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which are updated weekly. For example, as of January 16th, 2013, processing times for renewals or replacements for permanent resident cards Is 97 days, or just over three months.
Before you submit your application package, speak with a licensed immigration lawyer. It is vital that your immigration application package is properly prepared and that you have not made any mistakes or left anything out of your application. In addition, an immigration lawyer can help you if there is anything out of the ordinary about your situation, such as if you have not met the residency requirement. If you haven’t, or you are not in Canada and need to renew your permanent resident card, or your permanent resident card has already expired, we can help you!
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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