Make Sure You Renew Your PR Card in Advance
Your permanent resident card is an important piece of documentation that services as proof of your status in Canada. It must be kept valid at all times while you are a permanent resident of Canada, but it does have an expiry date.
You will need to renew your permanent resident card (PR card) well in advance of its expiry to ensure that you are not without a valid permanent residency card. How long in advance should you submit your application?
Processing times for permanent resident card renewal applications are currently taking 73 calendar days to process as of March 27, 2013.
How to renew your permanent resident card
1. Make an application to renew your permanent resident card using the designated immigration form.
2. Ensure that you have read and that you understand all of the instructions on the application, and that you have not left any blank spaces on the application.
3. Compose your application package by following the instructions on the document checklist, which will let you know what you should include in your package.
4. Have your application package assessed by a licensed immigration lawyer, who will help you make sure that your application package is ready to be processed.
5. Submit your application to renew your permanent resident card.
While seemingly straightforward, not everything always goes smoothly with these applications. If you are concerned about meeting the residency requirement, you are currently outside of Canada or want to travel immediately and need your permanent residency card as soon as possible, please contact us for assistance. We have helped many people with their permanent residency card renewals, even people who are facing difficult obstacles with their applications. Call us at the number above for assistance.
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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