Renewing a permanent resident card

You may know that you have to renew your permanent resident card (PR Card) every five years you are a permanent resident in Canada. In order to do so, you need to meet the requirements to be eligible for a permanent resident card: 

Permanent resident card requirements

The requirements for a permanent resident card in Canada include that you must be:

A permanent resident in Canada.
Actually be in Canada at the time of application.
Not under any kind of removal order.
That you have not been convicted of any kind of offense related to misusing a permanent resident card.

If you meet the requirements, you’ll be able to apply to renew your permanent resident card. When you do this, you’ll need to provide a completed permanent residency card application, a photocopy of your travel document or passport, photos for your card that meet the specifications for a permanent resident card and other documents that can differ depending on your situation.

What if I’m not physically present in Canada?

If you are not able to be physically in Canada at the time your permanent resident card expires, this is likely because your permanent resident card has expired while you were outside of Canada and you have no means of returning to Canada. If this is the case, you need to visit the nearest Canadian office abroad to apply for a travel document, which will allow you to return home and apply from there.

What if I did not meet the residency requirement?

In order to maintain your permanent resident status in Canada, you must meet the residency requirement. This ensures that you live in Canada for at least a two year period out of every five. If you are unable to meet this obligation you are at risk of losing your status.

However, there is a chance that you can make humanitarian and compassionate arguments on your behalf so that you can keep your permanent resident status.

This is not an easy process, however, and an immigration lawyer can prove to be a big advantage. Please contact us when you need to renew your permanent resident card, no matter what the circumstances. You might be surprised at how much we can help you!

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