Canadian PR Process: Apply, Renew, or Replace

Learn the basic requirements to renew or replace your PR card. Then fill out our immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss the next steps.

The Permanent Resident card (also known as a PR Card) is issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to be used as a valid identity document for persons travelling abroad and returning to Canada by car, bus, airline or any other means of transportation. Therefore, it is important to have a valid PR card in order to be allowed to enter Canada.

Your PR card needs to be valid when you show it. If your card expires, you will have to apply to renew. Luckily if your PR card is damaged or stolen, it’s the same process to replace your PR Card. If your PR Card is expired, you are still considered a permanent resident but it is vital to renew as soon as possible!

To keep your permanent resident status, you must have been in Canada for at least 730 days during the last five years which doesn’t need to be continuous. 

Who Can Apply

New permanent residents don’t need to apply for a permanent resident card (PR card). To be eligible for a PR card, you need to be a permanent resident and submit your application in Canada. You should only apply for a PR card if:

  • your card has expired or will expire in less than 9 months
  • your card is lost, stolen, or destroyed
  • you didn’t receive your card within 180 days of immigrating to Canada
  • you need to update your card to, legally change your name, change your citizenship, change your gender designation, correct your date of birth
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How Long Will the Renewal Process Take?

Generally speaking, the process to renew a PR may take a few weeks. It is therefore advisable that you renew your card well in advance of the expiry, especially if you expect to travel outside of Canada. CIC recommends that you file an application for renewal two months prior to expiry. You can learn more about Canadian immigration processing times here.

Need a PR Card Renewed Fast?

Is this your situation?

  • Family Emergency
  • Employment
  • Overseas and lost PR Status
  • Need to travel
  • Can’t enter Canada?

These are common situations that require urgent PR Card processing. Tell us what your situation is and we are on it, we can help! 

How To Apply 

There are 3 simple steps to applying, renewing, or replacing your Canadian PR card. First, you will get an application package that includes a guide and all the forms you need to complete, pay the application fees, and then submit your application!

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Why Legal Help with PR Card Renewal is Vital

Whether your situation is urgent or not, getting a PR card renewed is vital. The process needs to be done correctly, or you risk the consequences of not being able to enter Canada. Legal assistance for renewing a PR card is important to ensure that you aren’t missing any details or providing incorrect information. Preparing an application on your own may result in a refusal, and applying for a new PR card can be a tremendous burden.

Why Hire Us to Help With Your PR Card Renewal?

With so many legal steps and rules involved in PR card renewals, it is a process best left to professionals. Since PR cards were first introduced, we have been helping individuals prepare PR renewal paperwork and documentation. We have helped thousands of individuals to successfully renew their Permanent Residence Cards. Our experienced immigration lawyers will be able to assess your case and recommend a course of action to best serve your needs.