The Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada and is used as a valid identity document for persons travelling abroad and returning to Canada by car, bus, airline or any other means of transportation.
The PR card is issued for a period of five years, after which it can be renewed if the Canadian resident has met the residency requirements.
To be eligible for a PR Card renewal, you must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days out of the five-year period. Exceptions may apply if the applicant:
- Has been travelling with a Canadian citizen who is their spouse, common-law partner, or their parent; or,
- Has been employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province; or,
- Was accompanying a permanent resident (who is their spouse, common-law partner, or their parent) that is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province.
In some cases, the application for PR Card renewal can be made on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds even though the permanent resident has not met the residency requirements.
The application is submitted from within Canada. Your physical presence in Canada is required when you submit your application and at the time you pick up your new PR Card from Citizenship and Immigration Canada office.
The processing time for the renewal can take several weeks or even months. Consider renewing it ahead of time before its expiry if you wish to travel outside Canada.
If you need to travel outside of Canada for an emergency situation, but your card has already expired or the application for its renewal still pending, there are ways to expedite the processing.
Contact us for any questions concerning your PR Card Renewal Application.