Ensuring your permanent resident card is always valid is a very important part of maintaining you permanent resident status in Canada. Permanent resident cards are also called PR cards, and they expire every five years. When your permanent resident card is about to expire, you are required to submit an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to renew your card. If your application is accepted and approved, you will receive your new permanent resident card either by mail, or you will receive a letter telling you where you can pick up your new card.
Many people ask us how much in advance of their permanent resident card’s expiry date they should submit their application. This time tends to vary as the processing times for these applications varies.
Processing times for permanent resident card renewals in Canada
As of February 6th, 2013, the processing times for permanent resident card renewal applications is about 89 calendar days. This is the same amount of approximate processing time necessary for initial card applications and replacement card applications as well.
As such, you should aim to get your application submitted before this amount of time, but keep in mind that the processing times change and are updated on a weekly basis.
One important thing to note is that these processing times only apply to applications that are ready to be processed and have no errors or omissions, or special circumstances such as not being able to meet the residency requirement.
Speak with a licensed immigration lawyer before you submit your application so that you know it’s ready to be processed and that you are less likely to face delays. In addition, if you have special circumstances like not having met your residency obligation or you need your new card right away, we can help you there.
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