Renew Your Permanent Resident Card in Vancouver

Do you know that as a Canadian permanent resident, you have to do certain things to keep your permanent resident status? This is called maintaining your permanent resident status and if you fail to do these things, you could lose your permanent resident status and even be deported.

One of these obligations you have as a permanent resident is renewing your permanent resident card before it expires, which it will do every five years. It is important that as a permanent resident of Canada, you understand where, when and how to renew your permanent resident card (or PR card as it is sometimes called). Renew Your permanent resident Card

When do I need to renew my permanent resident card?

Permanent resident card processing times are updated every week or so on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website. As of January 23, 2013, it takes about 99 calendar days to process a permanent resident card renewal or a permanent resident card replacement. But last week, it was only 96 calendar days. In addition, sometimes the number of days are referred to in “business” days instead of calendar days, so pay close attention.

It’s important not to miss the deadline and to renew your permanent resident card in time, otherwise you will be limited with what you can do on an expired permanent resident card. For example, it’s not recommended you travel outside of Canada until you have a valid permanent resident card.

Sometimes, a permanent resident could have extenuating circumstances. One example is that their permanent resident card has expired while they were traveling outside of Canada and they have no way to return to Canada and renew it. Another example is that they have not been able to meet the residency requirement to be eligible to renew their permanent resident card. If you need to renew your permanent resident card, or you have extenuating circumstances, please contact us! We can help you with your permanent resident card renewal.

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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