I don’t meet the residency obligation. How to renew my PR card in Ottawa in 2012?

You must typically renew your PR card (Canadian permanent residence card) every five years before it expires. A PR card is proof that you are a Canadian permanent resident and allows you to re-enter Canada should you travel abroad.PR card renewal

In order to successfully renew your PR card each time, you must meet the residency requirement for having permanent resident status in Canada. This residency requirement, or residency obligation, means that you must be present physically in Canada for two years (730 days) out of every five years. This means you can only be outside of Canada for three years (1095 days) during the five year period in order to renew your permanent residence card.

What if I don’t mean the permanent residence obligation?

You may have a very valid reason why you could not meet the residency obligation for permanent residence in Canada. For example, you may have had a sick relative in your home country and you may have had to unexpectedly leave Canada to return to your country of origin with no indication of when you’d be back. If this is the case, or you have a similar valid reason for not meeting the permanent residency residence obligation, you may be able to make humanitarian and compassionate arguments as to why you couldn’t meet the residency obligation.

To do so, you must formally request an exemption to the permanent residence requirement under humanitarian and compassionate grounds and make a very good, solid case for yourself as to why your reasons for doing so are valid.

A licensed immigration lawyer can be your greatest asset when you haven’t met your permanent residency obligation, because they can help you prove your case to immigration officials and offer advice and guidance throughout the process. They are your best chance of success when renewing your PR card despite not having met the permanent residency obligation.

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