PR Card Renewal

PR Card Renewal

Is your PR Card expired or about to expire?

Every Permanent resident of Canada will be given a permanent residency card or PR Card. As a permanent resident, you are a citizen of another country but are granted many of the same benefits and rights as Canadian Citizens.

Your PR card is a critical document which confirms your status in Canada and allows you to return to Canada following a trip to a foreign country.

A permanent resident can use one of the following documents to return to and enter Canada from a foreign country:

  • Valid (un-expired) PR Card OR
    • A PR card is valid for a period of 5 years (or 1 year in some cases).
  • Permanent Resident Travel Document
    • This document is valid for a single entry into Canada.

There may be a third option available to you depending on your means of entry into Canada:

Means of entry Commercial Vehicle Private Vehicle
Examples Arriving on:

  • Airplane
  • Boat/Ship
  • Train or
  • Bus
Arriving on:

  • Car
  • Truck
  • Motorcycle or
  • Another vehicle owned, borrowed or rented by you
  • Important consideration: the vehicle should not be available for public
    use.
Documents you must present Valid PR Card
OR
Permanent Resident Travel Document
Record of Landing
OR
Confirmation of Permanent
Residency.

These documents would have been issued to you, when
you first became PRs.

You are planning to travel and your PR card is expired or expiring

If your PR card is expired or expiring in the next 6 months, you must apply to the IRCC to renew your card. Not everyone is eligible to renew their PR Card, you must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible to apply for a renewal of your PR card:

(1) Permanent Resident (2) Application Submitted in Canada (3) Residency Obligation (4) Not Ineligible to Apply
You must not be subject of an active removal order You must apply for your PR Renewal inside Canada You must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days in the last 5 years. Your PR card has expired, lost, stolen, destroyed or will expire in less than 9 months
OR
You must not be subject to a final determination, whereby you are found to have lost your PR
status
If you are outside Canada, you must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document In the following circumstances the time spend outside Canada will count towards the 730
days:

  • You are accompanying a Canadian Citizen outside Canada (spouse/partner or parent).
  • You are employed outside Canada by a Canadian company/government.
You need to update the following information on your card:o   Name

  • Citizenship
  • Gender designation
  • Date of birth
You must not have renounced your permanent residency status If you do not meet the residency obligations, you may still be able to renew your PR, by
outlining for the officer compelling humanitarian and
compassionate
 considerations.Immigration specialists at YIC have a lot of experience assisting clients to overcome their residency
obligations when renewing their PR cards. Please contact YIC if you wish to renew your PR card but
do not meet the residency requirements.

How do I renew my PR card?

To apply for PR renewal, you must submit a paper application to a processing center located inside Canada. If you are applying to renew and old expired PR card, you must include a copy of the card with your application and keep the original. On the other hand, if you applying to replace a PR card, you must send the card with your application.

You must answer all of the questions in your application form carefully and include passport sized photos with your application that meet the IRCC specifications, if these requirements are not met, your application will be returned to you.

YIC immigration specialists will work with you every step of the way and ensure that your application meets all the requirements before it is submitted.

You are outside Canada, with an expired PR card

You can only renew your PR card, inside Canada as IRCC will not send a new PR card to an address located outside of Canada and neither will they allow a representative to pick up the new card on your behalf.

As a result, if you are outside of Canada and your PR card has expired, you must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document to return to Canada.

You must meet the same residency requirements as you would when you apply to renew your PR Card i.e. you must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days in the last 5 years. And if you don’t meet these requirements, you can present humanitarian and compassionate grounds that prevented you from complying with the requirements.

We can help you with gathering all the appropriate supporting documentations to establish the exceptional humanitarian and compassionate considerations that led to the non-compliance.

How can I apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document?

To apply for Permanent Resident Travel Document, you must submit a paper application to a processing center located inside Canada. You must answer all of the questions in your application form carefully and include passport sized photos with your application that meet the IRCC specifications, if these requirements are not met, your application will be returned to you.

YIC immigration specialists will work with you every step of the way and ensure that your application meets all the requirements before it is submitted.

FAQs

In order to quality for urgent processing you must be travelling outside Canada in the next 3 months because of: (a) a job opportunity, (b) work related to your current job, (c) serious illness of a family member, (d) death of a family member or (e) your own serious illness.