Ottawa How to Renew a PR card in Canada

One of the requirements for holding a PR card in Canada is that you renew it every five years you have one. The PR card, or permanent resident card, is an important government ID that proves you are a permanent resident of Canada and that you are allowed to live or work anywhere in the country. In addition, when you have traveled abroad the permanent resident card allows you to return to Canada as you are not a Canadian citizen and do not have a Canadian passport. 

When do I renew your PR Card?

The general rule of thumb is that you submit your application about three months before the expiry date as indicated on your card. However, it would be wise to check the processing times with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. As of October 17th, 2012, it is taking about 91 calendar days to process permanent resident card renewals and replacement cards.

How to Renew a PR Card

You must make an application for a permanent resident card when you notice your PR card is going to expire soon. To do this, you will need to obtain and complete the Application for a Permanent Resident Card, and check the box at the top that says “renewal”.

In completing your application you will have to provide all kinds of information about yourself, including information about your travel outside of Canada, your current address and your job history during the five year period. This information is intended to demonstrate to the immigration officer who is processing your application that you have met the residency requirement, and had a minimum physical presence in Canada for two years of the last five.

You will also have to gather supporting documentation as required on the Document Checklist for the PR card renewal application.

Exceptions when renewing a PR card

If you haven’t been able to meet the residency requirement and had to be outside of Canada longer than the allowed time period over the five years, or you need your permanent resident card application processed urgently so you can travel, please contact us. We can also review your application and ensure there are no mistakes or omissions that would result in the application’s denial. We are here to help you.

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