How To Renew Your PR Card Outside Canada

PR Cards (permanent residency cards) are valid for five years and service as an important travel document inside and outside of Canada. Because these cards expire, they need to be renewed as soon as you realize your card is going to expire soon. This can be done within two months of your PR Card expiring. However, you may have unexpectedly left the country without realizing your PR Card was going to expire. 

If your PR Card expires while outside of Canada, you can renew it from there.

How to renew your PR card while outside of Canada

It’s common for Canadian permanent residents to have their PR Cards expire while outide of the country. Don’t worry!

1. Find the closest Canadian office in the country you’re in. A list of offices is available here.

2. Obtain a travel document immediately. You can do this at the closest Canadian office. When obtaining a travel document, you will need to prove that you have resided in Canada for two years of the last five. The travel document will allow you to return to Canada, where you can formally renew your PR Card. Bring any documentation with you that would help support your case, including your passport, record of landing, employment documents, financial documents, tax forms, rental agreements, club memberships and anything else you can think of.

What if I do not meet the residency requirement?

If you do not meet the residency requirement and are refused a travel document, you may be able to make humanitarian and compassionate arguments that explain why you have been outside of Canada longer than the residency requirement. If you need help, contact one of our immigration lawyers using the form to the right.

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