When do I renew my permanent resident card?

A question we are often asked is how soon before my permanent resident card expires should I submit my application to have it renewed? While generally, the rule is you should try to renew it at least two months in advance, processing times are getting longer and longer and two months is no longer enough time for a PR card renewal. Renew Canadian Permanent Resident Card

This is important information because if your permanent resident card expires it can be more difficult for you to renew it – especially if you are outside of Canada when this happens. In addition, a condition of your permanent resident status in Canada is that you keep your permanent resident card active.

Permanent resident card processing times

Permanent resident card renewal application processing times change every week, and are posted on Citizenship and immigration Canada’s website. Right now, as of February 6th, 2013, it takes approximately 89 calendar days to process an initial card application, a replacement application, or a PR renewal application. Currently it only takes approximately 54 calendar days to process a new permanent resident application.

This means it’s taking about three months to process permanent resident card renewal applications, but this might fluctuate next week. As it stands, you should submit your application as soon as you realize your permanent resident card is soon to expire.

An important consideration is that these processing times from the government only apply to applications that have no missing information, errors, or other issues. To ensure that your permanent resident application can be processed quickly and efficiently and that you’ll get your new card in time, speak to a licensed immigration lawyer before you submit your application.

In addition, a licensed immigration lawyer can assist you in getting your renewed card expedited.

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