My PR Card Expired in Vancouver, What do I do?

If your PR card expired, you will have to renew it immediately. as a permanent resident in Canada, you should have a valid permanent resident card on you at all times to show as proof of your immigration status in Canada as well as to act as a travel document for leaving and re-entering Canada freely. 

Your PR Card will expire every five years. Upon expiry, it must be renewed. However, we recommend that you have your PR card renewed at least three months before it is set to expire because of processing times at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

In order to renew your PR card, you will have to make an application to renew it. In doing so, you will have to prove that you meet the residency requirement for permanent residency status in Canada, which means that you are physically present in Canada for two years out of every five. If the visa officer is satisfied that you have met the residency requirement, you will be able to obtain your new card when it’s ready. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will contact you and let you know where to pick up your new card.

Renewing a PR card if it expires outside of Canada

In some cases, you may be outside of Canada when your PR card expires. If this is the case, you will have to visit your nearest Canadian office abroad and apply for a travel document that will allow you to travel back to Canada and renew your PR card as usual. You will still have to prove you have met the residency requirement for permanent resident status when you apply for a travel document.

Do you need help with your PR card renewal? Are you concerned about not meeting the residency requirement, or will have to travel very soon and need your new PR card urgently? Contact us at the number above, we can help you!

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