My PR Card Expired Outside of Canada, What do I do?

Your PR card (also called a permanent resident card) expires every five years and needs to be renewed a couple months before it expires to ensure that you have a valid permanent residence card at all times! This is important because the permanent residence card allows you to re-enter Canada if you’ve been traveling abroad. 

When your PR card expires outside of Canada

Because Canadian permanent residents are able to travel abroad freely, it is not uncommon for a permanent resident’s PR card to expire while they are outside of the country due to circumstances that are out of their control. If this happens to you, you will need to visit your nearest Canadian office abroad and apply for a travel document.

This travel document will allow you to return to Canada, where you can re-enter and renew your PR card as usual.

However, when you apply for a travel document you will still need to prove your permanent residency status as well as make sure that you have met the residency obligation for permanent residency status. This means that you have been physically present in Canada for two years of the five-year duration of your PR card, and can prove it to the Canadian immigration office abroad.

What if I have not met the residency obligation?

If you have been unable to meet the residency obligation, you may be able to make humanitarian and compassionate arguments as to why you were unable to be physically present in Canada for the required residency period.

Has your PR card expired while you were traveling abroad? Were you not able to meet the residency obligation and now you are concerned about renewing your PR card and getting back to Canada? We can help! Contact our immigration law firm today for an assessment of your case.

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