Canada Permanent Resident Card Renewal

Canada is  a beautiful and prosperous country. A PR card that is valid is necessary to return to Canada by plane, train, bus, or boat. A permanent resident card is a vital document. We are going to talk about how to renew a Canada PR card. 

Canada Permanent Resident Card Renewal
Canada Permanent Resident Card Renewal

Canada PR Card Renewal

If you do not have a valid Canada PR card or it is about to expire, please consider the following options:

PR Card from Outside Canada

Apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) to return to Canada.

PR Card If You are Leaving Canada 

You must renew your PR card before leaving Canada. If you can’t obtain your card by the time you have to leave, you can apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document PRTD from outside Canada.

Eligibility for a PR Card 

Apply for a PR card if and only if:

  • your card has already expired or is due to expire in less than 9 months
  • your card is lost, stolen, or destroyed
  • you have not received your card during 180 days of having immigrated to Canada
  • you need to update your card to:
  • legally change your name
  • change your citizenship
  • change your gender designation
  • correct your date of birth

Length of Time in Canada for PR Status

In order to maintain your permanent resident status, you have to have spent a minimum of 730 days in Canada in the past five years. These 730 days do not have to be all  at the same time. Some of your outside of Canada may be counted as part of these 730 days.

Application 

The Canada PR card renewal application is available here.

With your application please include the following PR card renewal requirements:

Your PR card:

  • If you are applying for renewal of  your card, hold on to your current card but include a photocopy of it when you send your application.
  • If your application is for the replacement of a card because it has become damaged or the information is incorrect then you can  send the card along with the application.
  • a clear copy of:
  • your valid passport or travel document, or
  • the passport or travel document you held when you became a permanent resident
  • two photos that meet the photo specifications
  • any other identity documents that listed in the Document Checklist: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/imm5644.html
  • a copy of the processing fee receipt, and
  • a declaration that  your PR card was lost, stolen, destroyed or you have not received it within 180 days after immigrating to Canada.
  • Please ensure your photos adhere to the criteria. You can print out the photograph specifications and take them with you when you get your pictures taken. They may be found here.

Permanent Resident Card Renewal Fee 

The PR card is $50.

Submit Application

Your application along with payment must be sent to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

To Send via mail:

Case Processing Centre — PR Card

P.O. Box 10020

SYDNEY, NS  B1P 7C1

CANADA

In Order to courier:

Case Processing Centre – PR Card

49 Dorchester Street

Sydney, NS

B1P 5Z2

Processing Time

  • To Renew or Replace a PR card takes 66 days
  • A New PR card takes 96 days

These processing times are the average of length of time from application received to decision made. 

Duration 

A PR card is normally granted for five years. It can also be granted for one year depending on the case. The expiration date will be on the card. 

PR cards are sent to addresses within Canada only. It could happen that you are required to pick up your card yourself from one of the Canadian offices. 

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FAQs

What is a PRTD ?

A PRTD is a permanent resident travel document. 

How long do you have to stay in Canada in order to maintain permanent residence status?

In order to maintain your permanent resident status, you have to have spent a minimum of 730 days in Canada in the past five years. These 730 days do not have to be all  at the same time. Some of your outside of Canada may be counted as part of these 730 days.

How long is a Canada PR card generally valid ?

It is usually valid for 5 years. It can also be valid for one year in certain cases. 

How much does a Canada PR card cost?

It costs $50.

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