Monday, September 23, 2013

Renewing your PR card

Many readers have emailed me regarding renewing the PR card when it is nearing expiry and or applying for citizenship.

This post will be about renewing the PR card.

When you first land in Canada and receive your first PR card, this is normally valid for five years. About six months before it expires, you can start the procedure for your new card. The wait times for a new card can vary depending on the number of applications at that time. For instance when I checked today for processing times, the number of days it will take if you apply today is 99. So make sure you apply early enough so that your PR card does not expire before your new one arrives. (If this does happen and you have to travel out of Canada, you have to go to the other country and apply for a one time re-entry visa back to Canada as a permanent resident)

To apply for a new PR card, go to this website:

Make sure you read through all the instructions and then proceed to apply by filling in the forms and paying the fees.

After landing in Canada the first time:

1. Keep track of all the dates of when you leave and re-enter Canada. This includes day trips to the United States.

2. Keep track of all the places you have stayed in Canada, with dates.

When re-applying for a PR card, you will be asked for details of all your travel dates.

You will also be asked for the copy of your landing papers. This would have been stapled to your passport at the time of landing or given to you. The landing paper is a single sheet form with the date and location of your landing. If you do not have this paper, you will have to either first apply for a replacement copy or give a reason why you have misplaced this.

The name and number of the forms they may ask you for are the: Immigrant Visa and Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688).

For a replacement for these documents go to this link:

Hope this was of some help to you. Please email me (email given on the top of the page) with any questions you would like me to answer.

Have a good week!

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