How to Come to Canada After your PR Card has expired

Permanent residents in Canada have a PR Card, which is a proof of their legal status in Canada. In addition, the PR card (permanent resident card) will allow them to return to Canada after traveling abroad. 

Permanent resident cards expire every five years and need to be renewed before this happens by the permanent resident card holder. You should have a valid permanent resident card at all times, but this sometimes cannot be done abroad. There may be a chance your permanent resident card expired while you were outside Canada, leaving you without the required documentation to get home.

How to return to Canada with an expired PR Card

If your permanent resident card has expired while you were outside of Canada, you will need to visit your closest Canadian office abroad. Here, you will apply for a travel document. In order to obtain the travel document that will allow you to return to Canada, you will need to prove to Canadian officers that you have met the residency requirement for maintaining your permanent status just as you would when you renew your permanent resident card in Canada.

If the Canadian officers are satisfied that you have met the requirement, they will issue you a travel document that allows you to return to Canada and renew your permanent resident card as usual.

What is the residency requirement?

In order to full fill the residency requirement to obtain a travel document and renew your permanent resident card, you must be physically present in Canada for two years out of the five year period. This means you cannot be out of Canada for more than 1095 days during this period, and you must be able to prove that you were physically present in Canada. However, if you are unable to meet this residency obligation, we may be able to help you! Please contact us for a consultation.

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