My Permanent Residency Card is Expiring soon but I have not met the Residency Requirement. What do I do?

Permanent Residency Card Expiration question for our immigration law firm

Q. My Permanent Residency Card expires in July 2010 and I have only lived in Canada for about one year within the last 5 years. However, my wife and kids all live in Canada. I work overseas and support my family. I have property in Canada and come when I can. How can I have my Permanent Residency Card renewed in such circumstances?


A. As you have not met the residency requirements for your PR card renewal, you can still apply for a renewal on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds. Since your family has been living in Canada, you may have a good case. Humanitarian applications are more challenging than regular Permanent Residency Card renewals to be sure. A well documented case showing that you have maintained your ties to Canada despite your absence goes a long way towards a successful renewal application. See our FAQ on PR Cards for more detail on PR Card renewals.

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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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