If you're a Permanent Resident of Canada, you may wonder whether your status will expire after five years. The answer is actually more complicated than a simple yes or no - it depends on your situation and when you arrived in Canada. Get all the facts on how long your Canadian PR will last here.

What is a PR card?

The Permanent Resident Card, also known as the PR Card, is the predominant status document utilized by permanent residents in Canada. While its primary purpose is to serve as a travel document for those returning to Canada, it is also considered the most valid form of proof of status for permanent residents residing within the country.

Does Canada PR ever expire?

The Permanent Resident (PR) status in Canada can expire only if the individual does not fulfill the residency obligation. To maintain their PR status, one must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days (2 years) within a 5-year period. Failure to meet this residency obligation can result in the revocation of the PR status, leading to the loss of the right to reside and work in Canada. It is crucial for permanent residents to keep track of their time spent in Canada to ensure they meet their residency obligation and maintain their status.

Am I still a permanent resident if my PR card expires?

Can I work in Canada if my PR card has expired?

You can stay in Canada even after your PR card expires. Some province services require a valid PR card. Returning to Canada by commercial vehicle requires a valid PR card.

What can make you lose your permanent resident status?

Yes! Canadian PRs can lose their status. PR status can be lost by becoming a Canadian citizen, renouncing PR status, or being inadmissible to Canada. Permanent residents have fewer rights than Canadian citizens. PRs can be expelled from Canada for significant offenses.

What happens if my PR card expires while I am inside Canada?

When your permanent resident (PR) card expires, you can retain your PR status and remain in Canada.

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What happens if my permanent resident card expires while I am outside Canada?

If your Permanent Resident (PR) card expires while you are outside of Canada, your PR status is still valid. However, if you are outside Canada without a valid PR card, you will require a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) to return to Canada. It is important to note that PRTD applications can only be submitted from outside of Canada. If you attempt to travel to Canada without a PR card or PRTD, you may be denied boarding for your flight, train, bus or boat, which can cause travel disruptions.

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How to re-enter Canada with an expired PR card

If you have left Canada without a valid Permanent Resident (PR) card, or if your PR card has expired while you were outside of Canada, you will need to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) to be allowed to re-enter Canada. However, it is important to note that the processing time for a PRTD application may be longer than usual, which could delay your return to Canada.

When Does Canada PR Have to Be Renewed?

A Permanent Resident (PR) card in Canada has an expiry date, usually every five years. Therefore, to continue to maintain PR status and travel to and from Canada, one needs to renew the PR card before it expires. It's important to note that renewing a PR card is not the same as renewing PR status. As long as the individual has met the residency obligation and continues to do so, their PR status remains valid even if their PR card has expired. However, a valid PR card is required to travel to Canada, so it's recommended to renew it at least six months before it expires to ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.

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What is required to renew the PR card?

To renew your Permanent Resident (PR) card in Canada, you must be a Canadian permanent resident who has met the minimum residency requirement of being physically present in Canada for at least 730 days out of the last 5 years. Additionally, you must have a valid passport to apply for a PR card renewal.

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