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Posted: 12 Jun 2013 at 9:08am canvis2006

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Quote Reply Posted: 12 Jun 2013 at 12:33pm

It is not possible to renew PR Card from outside Canada. Even mailing the application from outside Canada is bound to raise concerns.

CIC/CBSA has access to US CBP records and they can check if applicant is in US or Canada, if necessary. Not sure if this will be done since you meet the residency requirements.

You must decide whether you need the PR Card, etc. Or wait till citizenship. Note however, if flying, you will need a PR Card to board flight to Canada, unless you come frm a country which is visa-free for Canada. You can always try to come back via land, but expect scrutiny from CBSA though.

I doubt if CIC would «urgently» process your card since you’re residing in the US.

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Quote Reply Posted: 12 Jun 2013 at 1:39pm

imanh wrote:

I am checking the CIC website and it’s not really clear how people should renew their PR card from outside.

I agree with the post by canvis2006 except I am not sure that CIC has direct access to U.S. CBP records as yet. Last I knew that was definitely in the works, planned, but not yet implemented.

CBSA and CIC do not necessarily have the same level of direct access to even Canadian databases. For example, CIC does not have direct access to even CBSA travel history records unless you give them authorization. It appears you applied for citizenship before the application form was modified to include a checkbox for giving CIC authorization to directly access your CBSA travel history, so to this point CIC probably cannot access your CBSA travel history let alone U.S. records. (Caveat: that is pursuant to routine processing; if a referral for investigation is implemented, that probably broadens the scope of records directly accessed in multiple respects . . . but that only happens if and when there are specific grounds to initiate the investigation, and is not part of routine processing).

In any event, it is not clear from the CIC site how people should renew their PR card from outside Canada because a PR is required to be in Canada to be eligible for issuance of a new (renewed) PR card.

imanh wrote:

I’ve been living in the US since Jan 2013 . My PR card will be expired early Feb 2014, so I’m planning to renew it in a few months (I’ve lived in Canada for most of the time since I landed in 2009 and I don’t have any Canada residency problem)

I was thinking of these options. any of them makes sense to you? Can you guys comment on each of them.

1) leave my job (hopefully temporarily) here in the US, go back to Canada and apply from there «urgently».

2) send an application from the US, using my Canadian mailing address. wait for them to either send it to the address in Canada, or ask me to pick it up in person.

3) do not apply at all to renew the PR card — wait for the citizenship application, and use proof of landing with a private car and/or PR travel doc to travel to Canada, if PR card expired. I applied for Canada citizenship just 10 months ago.

What you do, how you go about things, is a very personal matter, specific to you, your circumstances.

Just be aware that when CIC or CBSA ask for your residential address, or ask «where do you live?» they are asking for the address of the place at which you in fact do live, even if temporarily. Play games in this regard at your peril.

Just be aware that if the place you are in fact living changes after you apply for citizenship, you are obligated to keep CIC informed of the address where you are currently, in fact living. Likewise, play games in this regard at your peril.

Misrepresentations in the citizenshp application process are taken more seriously these days, found out more easily these days, and in addition to being grounds for the denial of citizenship (even if the individual was fully qualified for citizenship otherwise) may lead to criminal prosecution. Even if CIC (or CBSA or the RCMP) do not discover a misrepresentation until later, until after citizenship has been granted, that may be grounds for revoking citizenship . . . this is for life, no statute of limitations.

Misrepresentations in any process pursuant to IRPA (law governing immigration, including PR status, PR card renewal) is also grounds for deeming the PR inadmissible, resulting in removal from Canada, loss of PR status, a ban from entering Canada . . . I forget for how many years the ban currently is. This would apply to misrepresentations made at a POE (possibly including statement in response to «where do you live?» although getting caught for this is probably quite rare even though, in contrast, it is probably very common) or any information submitted in the application for a renewed PR card (including, obviously, as to current residential address).

Make no mistake: many, many have played games relative to these things, relative to what «address» they report to CIC or CBSA, and have not encountered problems. Many undoubtedly continue to do so without running into problems. But, policy, practice, record-keeping, and technology tools are quickly closing the window in this regard. CBSA and CIC are both looking for this more, and using better tools to identify it more, than they have in the past.

So, just so you are aware: however you do things, if you are actually living in the U.S. but not being fully forthright with CBSA or CIC in this regard (relative to either the citizenship application or the PR card renewal), good chance it will be OK (and yeah, sure, some methods for working around this tend to work better than others), but there is an increasing probability it will run into problems. This is just a heads-up.

Bureaucracy is what bureaucracy does, or When in doubt, follow the instructions. Otherwise, follow the instructions.

BTW: Not an expert, not a Can. lawyer, never worked in immigration

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Quote Reply Posted: 12 Jun 2013 at 6:53pm

Thanks guys . I actually already informed CIC that my residence country is (temporarily) changed to the US just a few days after I moved . So they don’t need to access to any of the US. CBP or CBSA travel records as it’s already on my file!! CIC agent seems to be fine with it . he just told me they cannot send some letters (e.g. invitation for oath) to the US so I’d better maintain a Canadian mailing address.

My question was somthing else . I want to maintain my PR status (and I’m eligble obviosuly), but I couldn’t really find the info how exactly, if you’re not personally in Canada??


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Quote Reply Posted: 12 Jun 2013 at 11:11pm

You maintain your PR status by being present in Canada 730 days in the previous five year period. The PR card provides evidence of that status, but its expiration does not imply an expiration of your status — much like the expiration of your passport does not mean you have ceased to be a citizen of your country.

So as long as you are in compliance, you don’t need a PR card. If you need to fly, you can apply for a PRTD. But if you want to renew your PR card, you will need to be in Canada to obtain it (well, other than one lone court case I recently read where CIC was ordered to give a PR his card in Pakistan).

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Quote Reply Posted: 13 Jun 2013 at 12:53am

computergeek identifies the distinction.

Your initial post was about obtaining a renewed PR card.

Maintaining PR status is a different matter. Obviously, a person must have valid PR status to obtain a PR card, but possession of a valid PR card has no effect on the individual’s PR status. (In other words, for example, if a PR fails to remain in compliance with the PR residency obligation, 730 days within the previous five years, it does not matter what the validity dates are on the PR card, that person is in breach of the residency obligation and subject to being deemed inadmissible to Canada.)

Thus, as computergeek stated, all you have to do to maintain your PR status is comply with the PR residency obligation (by not being outside Canada for 1095 days or more within any five year period of time).

You already outlined various approaches to applying for a renewed PR card, recognizing that CIC does not offer a way to obtain a renewed card for PRs outside Canada. Which of those ways is proper and will work best for you depends on your circumstances — it is, as I said in my previous post, a specifically personal choice. Main thing is to be sure to be truthful in your dealings with CBSA and CIC, including reporting where you are actually living.

Bureaucracy is what bureaucracy does, or When in doubt, follow the instructions. Otherwise, follow the instructions.

BTW: Not an expert, not a Can. lawyer, never worked in immigration

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Quote Reply Posted: 13 Jun 2013 at 10:08am

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Quote Reply Posted: 13 Jun 2013 at 12:00pm

If you are working abroad (including the U.S.) temporarily, overall there should be minimal risks or difficulties associated with the expiration of your PR card, except for the inconvenience of not being able to board commercial transportation destined for Canada without a currently valid PR card, which would mean having to obtain a PR Travel Document through an embassy outside Canada.

How things actually go at the POE when entering Canada by private vehicle at a land crossing depends more on the totality of the individual’s circumstances than it does any single factor. It varies. Even American citizens who are PRs in Canada sometimes report repeatedly being subject to probing questions. While most returning PRs do not encounter much more than the perfunctory questions.

The expired PR card can lead to more questions, as you surmise, but so long as you are consistently honest and responsive to the questions, not playing games, usually it goes well, no major probing, no real issues (unfortunately no guarantees, some do not fare so well). Might be a good idea to carry some documentation to evidence how much you have been present in Canada (copies (keep originals in safe location) of your CoPR and of CRA Notices of Assessment for years resident in Canada, plus some documentation showing your connection to the address where you were living in Canada), just in case. But generally, most PRs truthfully explaining their situation do not encounter more intensive scrutiny (the «fifth degree» some say).

That said, if there is a referral to secondary, and even just somewhat more probing questions asked (due to not having a currently valid PR card), there is a substantial likelihood that an entry will be made into FOSS, and that will show up in the citizenship application process as well as be visible to POE officers whenever you re-enter Canada, as well as when you eventually do apply for a new PR card (in the event there is a significant delay in processing the citizenship application, which is always a possibility). This could actually be a good thing depending on the content of the entry into FOSS, whether it reflects a satsifactory explanation (good thing) or if it reflects some concern (not good). But you have little control over that other than, as I said, overall the approach that usually (not always) works best is to be forthright, responsive, and honest.

The situation you describe is common, PRs in Canada, including those applying for citizenship, often pursue temporary opportunities in the U.S. CIC is familiar with this, and generally most personnel will understand things in context.

Another, similar situation is also common, and that is where the U.S. (or other foreign country) venture is not temporary. For many who land in Canada as a PR, Canada is a stepping stone, a rung in the career ladder, toward pursuing greater opportunities abroad, the U.S. in particular. CIC is also well familiar with this scenario, and when recognized there appears to be a tendency to scrutinize these PRs far more intently, relative to the citizenship application in particular, but also at the POE and in processing applications to renew the PR card.

Unfortunately these two situations are not easy to distinguish, so CIC can and sometimes does confuse one for the other. For those who in fact are temporarily pursuing an opportunity outside Canada, the best approach (again) is simply being upfront and honest — if either CBSA or CIC get any sense that the PR is being evasive, let alone concealing information or being deceptive, that tends to make everything a lot, lot harder, more problematic. This is why I put so much emphasis on being honest (no moral imperative necessary), because that is what tends to work best (although, sure, particularly in the past tense, playing games has worked for a great many).

For an example of someone here who recently was scheduled to take the oath of citizenship who similarly was living in the U.S. temporarily while the application was pending, look for posts by mero1984 in the citizenship forum here.

Bureaucracy is what bureaucracy does, or When in doubt, follow the instructions. Otherwise, follow the instructions.

BTW: Not an expert, not a Can. lawyer, never worked in immigration

Permanent Resident Card Renewal

Our Ottawa immigration lawyers at Gerami Law PC have the experience assisting clients with replacing an expired (or due to expire), destroyed, lost or stolen Permanent Resident card (PR card). Depending on your situation, the steps you must take and the documents you must provide to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will vary. Our lawyers will help you navigate the PR card renewal process in accordance with the criteria that applies in your case.


Your PR card is official proof that you are a permanent resident of Canada. You need this card to enter and stay in Canada when you return from another country in a commercial vehicle (bus, boat or plane).

If you are traveling to the United States and plan to return to Canada in a private vehicle (a private car), it may be possible to enter using your Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence. However, it is prudent to renew your PR card before you leave Canada if it will expire while you are abroad.


You should submit an application to renew your PR card if it will expire within 6 months.

If you are planning a trip abroad and your PR card will expire while you are outside of Canada, you should renew it before leaving. You will need this card to re-enter the country in a commercial vehicle (airplane, boat, train or bus).

IRCC provides estimates of processing times on its website.

It is possible to apply for urgent processing, which may be helpful if you are planning a trip outside Canada and hope to renew your PR card before your departure.


If your PR card expires or is lost or stolen while you are outside Canada, you need to apply for a travel document to return to Canada by airplane, boat or bus (commercial vehicle). You are expected to return to Canada using that travel document and to renew your PR card when you are back in Canada.

Obtaining a travel document requires completing the relevant application form and submitting several supporting documents to IRCC, including:

    A fee (in an acceptable format); The IRCC Document Checklist; Photographs (that meet particular IRCC specifications); All your passports or travel documents used in the 5 years before the application; Ev > Ev > A letter signed by your employer (if applicable); and Any documents supporting humanitarian and compassionate grounds to be considered (if applicable).

Providing sufficient evidence to support your PR status in Canada, demonstrate that you satisfy the residency obligation, or show humanitarian and compassionate grounds with your application can be onerous and complicated. The lawyers at Gerami Law PC can assist you with identifying and compiling documents that will facilitate a successful application.


You can replace your PR card by applying for a new one. You must submit several supporting documents with your application for renewal as well as a $50 fee.

Supporting documents include:

    Your PR card (Make sure to keep your expired or damaged PR card so that you can submit it with your application for renewal. When you receive a new PR card, you must destroy the previous card.); Primary > Secondary > Documents demonstrating proof of res > Photographs (which meet specific IRCC requirements);

Note that any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by the English or French translation, as well as an affidavit (official letter signed by a commissioner of oaths) completed by the translator.

Any copy of an original document must be certified by an authorized person (IRCC provides a list of persons authorized to certify copies on their website). The authorized person must compare the original document with the copy and confirm that it is a true copy of the original document.

If your PR card has been lost or stolen, you must let IRCC know as soon as possible. If you are outside Canada, you must go to the nearest Canadian visa office. If you are inside Canada, you will need to tell IRCC about what happened by completing an online form available on the IRCC website. You can then apply to replace your PR card.

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Renew or Replace Your PR Card

Every person who lands in Canada as a permanent resident is given a Permanent Resident Card (formerly a “Maple Leaf” card). The PR Card has changed a little bit in appearance over the years, but it always contains your picture and information about its issuance and expiry.

The primary purpose of your Permanent Resident Card is to prove your permanent resident status in Canada: when returning from travelling abroad, when applying for jobs, and dealing with government agencies in Canada.

You need your PR Card to travel and to work.

  • PR Card
  • Application reviewed for completeness and filed with IRCC
  • Supervision by a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)

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IMM 5644 Form | PR Card Document Checklist

IMM 5644 is e document checklist that you need to use for renewing your Canadian Permanent Resident Card. Permanent Resident Card is proof of status that permanent residents of Canada need to carry with them at all times. You can submit an application by providing the necessary documents described in IMM 5644 checklist for PR card renewal with IRCC. The application provides you with the PR Card document checklist which you will need for the application submission. If your permanent resident card is within 9 months of expiration or it has already expired you can fill IMM 5444 form to submit an application for a new PR Card. IMM 5644 provides you with a necessary PR Card document checklist. This ensures you to have the right documentation for your application.

You can use IMM 5444 application if you wish to obtain, renew or as well as replace your Permanent Resident Card. IMM 5444 can only be used if you have not received your card within 180 days of immigrating and also for renewal or replacement for your lost and stolen PR Card.

For renewal of permanent resident card, you need to apply to one of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Case Processing Centers for PR cards (IRCC). You are required to submit a complete hard-copy application for your PR card in IRCC’s Case Processing Centres for PR cards.

If you meet all the conditions that are necessary for PR card renewal then you will receive a new PR card.

It is important to read the Instruction Guide (IMM 5445) and fill out the application form for a Permanent Resident Card (IMM 5444) and finally to pay the fees.

PR card renewal fee

It costs $50 per person to apply for a permanent resident (PR) card. You will need to pay the fee each time for renewal of permanent resident card Canada.

PR card document checklist: IMM 5644 download

  • A photocopy of the main identification document
  • You will need photocopies of two additional forms of identification. For example, you can provide a driver’s license, an identification card from the province where you reside or other available official documentation.
  • You must provide eligible and complete photocopies of Income Tax documents, school transcripts or other available documents in order to prove that you meet residency requirements.
  • Also, you need to submit two photos of you that were taken in the last six months before you applied. In addition, please note that you should avid of using paperclips or staples with the photos.

IMM 5644 download.

How long does it take to renew my card?

Applications for renewing of a permanent resident card takes approximately 104 days to process.

PR Card renewal status

You can check your application status from the website of Canada Immigration and Citizenship

Will I lose my status if I forget to renew my card?

No. You will not lose your permanent resident status if you have not renewed your permanent resident card.

What steps should I take in case if I have lost my card?

If you lost permanent resident card Canada, you must immediately contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada either by calling them (1-888-242-2100) or visiting their nearest office.

I have lost my permanent resident card outside of Canada

You need to report about your stoled PR card to the nearest Canadian Embassy or Canadian immigration office. You have to obtain a travel document before your new PR card is issued. In this case, you need to prove your identity and permanent resident status in Canada. Later, after returning to Canada, you can apply for a new permanent residence card in the country.

Is it possible to renew an expired Canadian PR card?

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Canada is like the USA. If you leave as a permanent resident and stay out long enough absent special circumstances, you effectively have abandoned permanent residency.

If you’ve been out of Canada since 2005 and have an expired Canadian PR card, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion you’ve abandoned Canadian permanent residency.

The chance of your renewing that card: Pretty much zero. Your actions in departing Canada, remaining outside for more than a decade, not meeting the minimum residency requirements and allowing your PR card to expire without any attempt to renew indicates any applicat.

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Apply for, renew or replace a PR card: Who can apply

Only after the Immigration Appeal Division rules against your appeal, or you fail to file an appeal with them, is it the case that you lose your permanent resident status. . Note: If a representative is being paid or compensated by someone other than you, the representative is still considered to be a compensated representative. If you are a dependent child, you will have to prove the family member is your parent. The permanent resident is obliged to carry out the process of extending his green card — I-551 is submitted and filled in every 10 years.

Application to get, renew or replace a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)

It is worth knowing that the process of updating the card is only in the United States, which can begin as soon as you return there. . Permanent Residents cards are, most if not all of the time, issued for a period of five years. Thanks to them, I was able to hire the workers my business needed mush sooner than I had ever expected. Sometimes we shorten a name on the card if it is too long to fit. Application to renew the resident card must be submitted 90 days before the end of the validity period of the permanent resident card.

Am I Still a Permanent Resident if My PR Card Expires?

I want to say thank you for your amazing job! Customer support is for technical and billing issues only and will not answer legal questions. That information will be available to you via your issuing countries website or consulate located in Canada. However it is not clear as to if it is 11 business days or not. If you are a permanent resident in Canada but for less than five years: a You will need to show that the minimum requirement of physical presence for 730 days in Canada will be met by you. Starting from 10 November 2020, all travellers to Canada except for Canadian citizens, U. . Be honest and include every trip where you spent a minimum of one night outside of Canada.

Apply for, renew or replace a PR card: Before you apply

I am now expecting my wife and son to join me in Canada anytime soon. Furthermore, once you have your permanent residence, you must have a and once it expires, you must renew it. In other words, you have most of the rights of a Canadian citizen — aside from voting and holding political office and doing high-security-clearance work — as a permanent resident. It says they should renew, not that it’s required. If something happens, they want your passport to still be valid. Overpayment If you pay more than the fees needed for your application s we will start processing your application, and send you a refund as soon as possible.

Application to get, renew or replace a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)

The forms are designed with questions that will help the processing of your application. Note that completing this section will not automatically cause you to lose your status. You will then have to submit a new application. You must book an appointment to give your biometrics at one of these official. A Calculation of time to be spent in Canada: 1. Question 9 Write the name of your country or countries of citizenship. If your card is only valid for 2 years, this means that you have a phenomenon called immigration renewal resident card, as noted above.

Apply for, renew or replace a PR card: Who can apply

This should be mentioned in Canada permanent resident application for getting such a facility. The Residency Obligation is a minimum of 730 days spent in Canada within the last 5 years i. How to Appeal If Your Application Is Denied If your application for renewing your Green Card is denied, you will receive a letter that will tell you why the application was denied. If there is no name indicated on the receipt, we will send the refund to the applicant. In some cases, you may have to pick up your card in person at one of our Canadian offices.

Renew Your Permanent Resident Card in Vancouver

We highly encourage you to check this regularly once you have submitted your permanent resident card renewal application. Until then, it is not needed. You must provide documentation proving that the person you are accompanying is a permanent resident, that you are the spouse, common-law partner, or child, and that the person you are accompanying has fulfilled their own residency requirements. . Check with your local provincial or territorial authorities to learn who has the authority to certify.

Apply for, renew or replace a PR card: Who can apply

I am immensely grateful to mr jeffery who over the past 3 years has successfully dealt with two successive work permits for me and finally walked me through the permanent residence process. If you see your image on immigroup. The never misled and at the same time kept me optimistic. The involves a consideration of humanitarian grounds as mentioned above, and will include the possibility of appealing to the Immigration Appeal Division. Hi guys, I am in a similar boat. We also accept all Visa Debit cards.

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PR Card

The Permanent Residents card is a plastic credit card sized card that is issued to permanent residents. It has many high security features, holograms and an RFID chip. Below is the front of the new version of the card.

Landing in Canada

When you «land» in Canada and activate your permanent residence (PR) status, you have the option of applying for a PR card right there at your port of entry (POE). In order to do that, you need to be able to supply the Immigration Officer (IO) with a mailing address in Canada.

It’s fine for this address to be the address of a friend or family member — it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s a Canadian address. The card is normally sent in the regular CanadaPost — not normally ‘ signed for (note that the address cannot be a PO box). Please see this link for the CIC guide to mailing first time PR card to friends etc. Operational Bulletin 491

If you don’t have any address to use then you can still do the application, but will have to notify CIC within 180 days with a Canadian address to receive the card (using a specific form). If outside 180 days, then you must complete the full PR Card application pack.

Timescales for the issuance of a PR Card on landing are far quicker than applying for one at a later date. Check current processing times here: Current processing times. As at December 2020 this was 54 days for the initial PR card, but you should allow at least two weeks in addition for transit times. Even then, the turnaround times quoted are far from guaranteed and card have taken considerably longer than these published times to arrive.

You don’t need to have any extra photos with you. CIC should be able to use the photos you provided in your PR application package. If they need new photos, either CIC will request them while they process your application, or the PR issuing office may request new photos at a later date.

Canadian address not yet available

If you do not yet have a mailing address in Canada, but if you have a relative or friend in Canada who is willing to forward your PR card to you, you can provide the address of the relative or friend.

If you do not have an address to which the PR card can be mailed, it does not matter. If you did not have an address in Canada when you applied for the PR card, but do before receiving it, you can input this new address on CIC’s website here. (this can also be used, if you move after you gave your address to CIC with your application for a PR card.)

Again, PR cards cannot be sent to PO boxes.

Time window for free PR card

You have six months in which to supply an address to which a free PR card can be mailed.

If you apply for a PR card outside of the six month window during which you are entitled to a free card, you will need to pay a fee of $50 (and complete the full PR card application pack).

Outside of the six month window, you will need to pick up your new card in person at your local Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) office. You will receive a notice in the mail telling you the card is ready to be collected.

What you need to know about eTAs, PR Cards, and PR Travel Documents

If you «landed» in Canada to activate your PR status, returned to the UK to settle up your affairs, and now are returning to Canada to live, but have not yet applied for or received a PR card, you are going to run into some problems.

From 15 March 2020, an eTA is required for anyone who enters Canada who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a Canadian PR. The scenarios below will hep you work out what you need to enter Canada.

eTAs are only required for border crossings at an airport, NOT border crossings by car. So you can avoid the eTA requirement if you are driving into Canada from the USA.

Scenario 1: I have a COPR document, but have not yet landed.

A COPR is adequate documentation to fly to Canada, and citizens of visa exempt countries do not require an eTA to travel if they possess a COPR. However, airlines who are concerned about any potentially refused traveler may object to boarding people who do not have an eTA, so the low cost of getting one could be a wise investment to save any hassle even if for just a single trip. IRCC FAQ «I have a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and will travel to Canada. Do I need an eTA?»

Scenario 2: I have landed, but have not yet received my PR card.

You are not able to apply for an eTA because Canadian PRs are not allowed to apply for eTA. However, the airline will not board you without proof that you are a PR, and the only proof they will accept is either a PR card or a PR Travel Document (PRTD). So if you are landing in Canada without a PR Card, you have to apply for a PRTD: . Be sure to allow adequate time for processing.

Scenario 3: I have applied for but not yet received my PR card, can I travel outside of Canada without a PR card?

Scenario 2 covers the current muddle / conundrum around commercial flights and ETA’s.

If you have landed and activated your CoPR (and so applied for your first PR card), but have not yet received your PR card, it is possible to travel by private vehicle to and from the USA via a land border, but you must take a copy of your COPR and present when returning to Canada.

The problem occurs if you travel over a land border using the train, ferry or bus, as you will need the PR card (or PRTD) as they are commercial carriers.

Scenario 4: I have landed and I have a PR card.

Just make sure you have the card with you and that it is still in date and you are good to go.

Note that many (most?) Canadian airports now have computer kiosks where you are expected to scan your passport and complete the customs declaration questions (the paper declarations are no longer widely used). If you have a PR Card, you are expected to scan the PR Card at these kiosks, NOT your passport. Scan the back of the card.

Renewal of PR card

In order to maintain your PR status, you have to accumulate 730 days (approximately 2 years) inside of Canada in a 5 year period (or 730 days living abroad with your Canadian spouse).

PR cards are valid for five years from the date they are issued.

Your PR card will have an expiry date on it, and that date is 5 years from the date the card was printed.

It is important to note, though, that the expiry date on the card is NOT the same as the deadline for your 5 years’ residency requirement. The 5 year requirement for residency begins on the day that you land, NOT on the day that your card was printed.

For example, say you landed on 20 April 2014. Roughly two months later you receive your PR card with an expiry date of 15 June 2020. You have until 19 April 2020 to accumulate your 730 days inside Canada. The fact that the card is valid until 15 June 2020 is completely irrelevant to your residency requirement.

When your PR card expires (or is about to expire), you need to apply for a new one. When you apply for a new PR card, you have to demonstrate that you have met your PR residency obligations.

New PR cards have to becollected from your nearest CIC office. You will receive a notice in the mail telling you the card is ready to be collected.

Renewal of PR Card Canada?

Has anybody rencently applied to renew the PR Card in Canada and specially who arrived before June 2002 and has not compoleted two years stay in canada out of 5 years to maintain the PR status. What will happen if one has not stayed for so long in CAnada / Can anybody kindly advise.

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If you have not met the criteria for maintaining your permanent residency status, then that status is revoked.

If you wish to have PR status, you must start (again) the process of becoming a permanent resident . from the beginning, as if you’ve just come to the country. All fees and documentation that you required originally will be required now, starting from the date of your new application.

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Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) Renewal

Renew or Replace your PR Card with Form 5444E

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PR Card Application requirements

A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent residence by immigrating to Canada. To apply for Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) to renew or replace your current PR Card, you are required to complete Form IMM 5444E.

When to apply for PR Card using Form IMM 5444E:

  • Initial request for a PR Card
  • To renew a PR Card that has already or is about to expire
  • Replacementof a PR Card that has been lost stolen or damaged
  • To update the information on your current PR Card (e.g.; legal change name)

To be eligible to apply for a PR Card you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada
  • Be physically present in Canada
  • Not be a Canadian citizen or a registered Indian under the Indian Act
  • Not be under an effective removal order
  • Not be convicted of an offense

How to renew your PR Card

To renew or replace your PR Card that has already or is about to expire, you are required to complete Form IMM 5444E and submit all the required documentation. To replace a PR Card that is lost, stolen, destroyed or expired you are also required to complete and submit Form IMM 5444E.

Complete Form IMM 5444E and submit the following documentation along with your Application Package:

  • Your current PR Card (if your card has already expired). If it has not expired, you can keep it with you and return it to the IRCC (formerly known as CIC) when you go to collect your new card
  • A copy of your passport or travel document
  • Any other >Start Your Online Application

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