Permanent residents in Canada are able to live and work anywhere in the country while also being able to leave and re-enter the country. However, Canadian permanent residents are not the same as Canadian citizens, so there are still some obligations they have. One of these obligations is renewing their permanent resident card every five years before it expires.
When should you renew your permanent residency card? It takes about three months to process a PR card renewal application, but Citizenship and Immigration Canada recommends submitting your application to renew your permanent resident card at least six months in advance.
In order to renew your permanent resident card, you must:
1. Fill out the application to renew your permanent resident card.
2. Gather all of the supporting documents that are required for your application, which will include documents that you have met the permanent residency obligation.
3. Have passport photos taken, ensuring the meet the specifications for permanent resident cards as indicated on the application form.
4. Include the receipt for your fee in your supporting documents. You can pay this fee online, and it is $50.
5. Speak with a licensed immigration lawyer about your application to renew your permanent resident card. This can save you time and money by making sure there is nothing wrong with your application that could result in a delay or a denial.
Do you need to renew your permanent resident card? Are you concerned about having met the residency requirement for permanent resident status, or are you worried that you need your permanent resident card renewed right away? Give us a call! You can reach us at the phone number above, or my using the contact form on the right.
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