Canadian PR Card Renewal on Humanitarian Grounds

Dear Niren,
My family have applied for citizenship and also PR Card renewal and meet the requirements.I do not have the residency requirements for renewal.Please advise me whether I qualify for the renewal on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds as I own property and my family resides in Canada.


Applying for a PR Card renewal where you have not met the residency requirements (2 years in Canada within the last 5 years of applying) can be challenging. In order to maximize your chances of success, it is important that you provide Citizenship and Immigration Canada with a credible explanation for your absence from Canada along with supporting documentation to back it up. Further, it is important to show that you intend to and are able to maintain your residency going forward should your PR Card be renewed. Such applications based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds require careful preparation.  We  have written extensively on this subject here and here.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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