You received your permanent resident card. Most PR cards are valid for five years, but some are only valid for one year. The expiry date is printed on the card. Now, it is almost the time to renew it. When should you renew it? What is the requirement? How long does it take? What if you are outside Canada when your card expires?

When Can You Apply?

You cannot apply for a renewal if your PR card is not expiring in 9 months. Otherwise, your application will be returned.

What Is The Requirement?

In order to renew your permanent resident card, you must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of 730 days within the past five (5) years. Thus, it is important for you to record your trip outside Canada since you became a permanent resident.

You may count each day you accompanied a Canadian citizen outside Canada as long as this person is your spouse, common-law partner or parent (if you are a child under 19 years of age). In this case, supporting document is needed as proof.

You may count each day you worked outside Canada if: 1. you are an employee of, or under contract to, a Canadian business or the public service of Canada or of a province or territory andas a term of your job or contract, you are assigned on a full-time basis to: a. a position outside Canada; b. an affiliated enterprise outside Canada or c. a client of the Canadian business or the public service outside Canada; and 2. you will continue working for the employer in Canada after the assignment.

You may count each day you accompanied a permanent resident outside Canada as long as: 1. the person you accompanied is your spouse, common-law partner or parent (if you are a child under 19 years of age); and 2. the person was employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the public service of Canada or of a province or territory during the time you accompanied him or her.

If you don’t meet the above-mentioned requirements, the applicant may have to rely on Humanitarian and Compassionate (“H&C”) ground to justify why he or she should keep the permanent resident status.

How Long Does It Take To Renew A Permanent Resident Card?

The current processing time as of January 23, 2019 is 63 days.

What If You Are Outside Canada When Your Card Expires?

If you are returning to Canada by commercial vehicle -airplane, bus, train, or boat, you must apply for permanent resident travel document, or you may not be allowed to enter Canada.

If you are returning to Canada by private vehicle, you must carry documents that can denote your identity and citizenship, such as passport, provincial photo ID and provincial driver’s license. Permanent residents of Canada who are members of the NEXUS or FAST programs must travel with a passport and proof of permanent residence and may be asked to present these documents to the officer upon arrival at the border. When you return to Canada, you should apply for your PR card.

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