How to Maintain Your PR Card in Ottawa for 2012


If you are a permanent resident in Canada, you should have a permanent resident card. If you don’t have one, you need one! If you are currently without a PR card in Canada but are a Canadian permanent resident, please contact us as soon as possible.

A PR card is proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada. It also serves as a travel document when you leave and re-enter Canada. As a permanent resident in Canada, you must maintain your PR Card.

How to maintain your PR card in Canada

1. Renew your PR card every five years. Permanent resident cards in Canada expire every five years. You should make an application to renew your PR card about two to three months before it expires in order to ensure you always have a valid PR card. To maintain your PR card in Canada, do your very best to not let the PR card expire without having applied for a renewal.

2. Meet the residency obligation for permanent resident status in Canada to maintain your PR card. You will have to prove that you have met the residency obligation for Canadian permanent residency every time you renew your PR card. The permanent residency obligation for Canadian permanent residents is being physically present in Canada for two years (or 730 days) out of every five years. If you are unable to meet this residency requirement, you need to speak with an immigration lawyer right away to maintain your PR Card in Canada.

3. Do not commit a crime. Permanent residents in Canada can have their PR card and permanent resident status in Canada revoked if they commit a crime.

Are you concerned about maintaining your PR card in Canada? We can help and answer any questions you may have.

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