Do I need to renew my permanent resident status in Canada?

If you are a permanent resident in Canada, you are required to ensure that you renew your permanent resident card every five years. All permanent resident cards (PR Cards) have an expiry date.

What are the requirements for renewing a permanent resident card?

To be eligible to renew your permanent resident card, you must:

Have met your obligation for the minimum physical presence in Canada, also called the residency requirement. This means you need to be living in Canada for two of the five years your PR card is valid for. In other words, you cannot spend more than three of these five years outside of Canada.

You must be physically inside of Canada to apply. If your permanent resident card has expired while you were outside of Canada, this can pose a problem. If this is the case, you are not inside Canada to renew it and can’t return to Canada without a valid permanent resident card. Instead, you can apply for a travel document at a Canadian office abroad. If approved for one, you can go back to Canada and apply to renew your permanent resident card.

You must not be under a removal order, a deportation order, have been convicted of a major crime that could put your permanent resident status in jeopardy or have been convicted of misusing your permanent resident card.

If you do not renew your permanent resident card, your permanent resident status in Canada could be taken away, and you could be faced with a deportation order.

You should apply to renew your permanent resident card approximately three months or 90 days before the expiry date to ensure that you will have your renewed card by the time your current card expires. Without a valid permanent resident card, it can be difficult to prove your legal permanent resident status in Canada as well as travel abroad.

We are licensed immigration lawyers who can help you renew your permanent resident card. Please contact us for assistance – a simple error on your application can result in it being returned to you or worse, denied. We are here to help you make sure that doesn’t happen.

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