How to Renew a PR Card With Citizenship and Immigration Canada

How to Renew A PR Card With Citizenship and Immigration Canada

PR cards in Canada are valid for five years, upon which they expire and will need to be renewed if you intend to travel outside of Canada.

Here is how to renew a PR CardPR Card Renewal Application

1. Make an application for a PR card renewal, which is to be submitted to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This application for PR card renewal must be filled out completely and accurately so no information is missed that might result in your PR card renewal application being denied. The application will also ask you about your employment history, address and travel outside of Canada, which is used to determine if you meet the requirements of permanent residency in Canada.

2. Submit the application and wait for it to be processed. It can take weeks or even months for your PR card renewal application to be processed, which is why it is especially important that you submit the application as soon as you know your PR card is expiring soon. Citizenship and Immigration Canada recommends applying for a PR card renewal no less than two months before your current card is set to expire.

3. If you meet the residency requirements and everything is in order, you’ll soon receive a letter that tells you where to pick up your new PR card. You will typically have 180 days to do so.

What if my PR card renewal is denied by Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

Your PR card renewal can be denied for a number of reasons, such as not meeting the residency requirements or not including the proper supporting documentation with your application for PR card renewal. If your PR card renewal is denied, you still have options. For example, you may be able to have your application re-processed once you can provide the proper documentation, or you can formally request an exemption under humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

If you need help with your PR card renewal application or your application has been denied, contact us at the form on the right and we would be happy to help!

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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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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