Permanent Resident or PR Card Renewal
If after watching the video, you are thinking to yourself that this is your situation, then please keep reading.
If you have an expired PR card and left Canada for the following below reasons you may still be eligible to renew your PR card with Humanitarian and Compassionate Arguments:
- Employment reason
- Family Emergency
Of course there are other reasons which can be considered as well. The above two are mentioned as they are the main reasons many have to leave Canada and do not meet the residency requirements.
How we can help is apply for a PR card renewal with H&C arguments and inform the officer as to why you could not meet the residency requirements.
PR Card Renewal H&C Arguments
Many PR Card holders are forced to leave Canada as they were not able to find employment in Canada. Many find employment outside of Canada.
We can file a PR Card renewal and demonstrate that after several unsuccessful attempts in finding employment in Canada, you left Canada. However, your permanent residence is still Canada. That you still have significant ties to Canada and your intentions were always to return to Canada. The more ties you have to Canada the better.
Many PR Card holders are forced to leave Canada as they have family members that require their care and immediate attention. For example, many cultures require sons/daughters to take care of their elders. Especially if the elders are ill and there is no one else to take care of them. Another example would be exiting Canada as there is an immediate family member who is severely ill and requires your daily assistance. In situations such as these, you are forced to exit Canada and perhaps return to Canada years later. As a result your PR card expired and you do not meet the residency requirements.
Do I Need the PR Card to Enter Canada?
A permanent resident does not need a PR card to travel to Canada if they are in a private vehicle. Of course, travel by private vehicle is pretty much limited to car travel across the US border. Permanent residents who present themselves to Canada Border Services (as they are now called) at a land border may or may not be asked questions about their residence history. If they are asked questions the officer may determine that the person is no longer a permanent resident if the officer believes that the necessary requirements are not met.
Individuals who hold a PR card are presumed to be permanent residents. Of course individuals who do not hold PR cards are presumed not to be permanent residents. Usually this means that a person arriving at a border in a private vehicle without a PR card is more likely to be asked questions that someone who crosses with a PR card. However, it does not make it automatic that a traveler will be questioned at all, beyond the standard routine questions that we all get asked.
Loss of PR Status
Loss of permanent residence status is not automatic. It requires a determination by an officer. If no officer makes a decision that PR status is lost, then the person is still a permanent resident. This is very important for those persons who have an expired PR card and still wish to enter Canada.
Now, those who remain outside of Canada for too long risk being exposed to uncomfortable questioning, and losing their status as a result.
Making a proper presentation at the border is crucial. If this is not done, then you can risk losing your PR status!
At Akrami & Associates, we prepare you for the border crossing. We prepare you for the interview questioning and how to properly answer these questions. We also prepare an Entry Package for you to carry with you so that the officer is clear as to why you left, why you are seeking entry again and what your legal rights are.
Many of our clients have successfully entered Canada on an expired PR card with our Entry Package.
In essence, it does happen that people who were not able to meet the 730 day rule were still able to enter Canada. Thankfully the 730 day rule is not completely inflexible. The officer reviewing the case is allowed to consider humanitarian and compassionate factors. But humanitarian and compassionate factors are not clearly defined, and so no one should simply assume that they will qualify for this kind of flexibility.
Loss of PR Status at the Border
Loss of permanent resident status can be a very serious matter. At Akrami & Associates, we can help you understand your situation and inform you of the best route to re-enter Canada. Please call us today and let us assist you with your matter!
We Can Help You With Your PR Card Renewal Application!
We have dealt with hundreds of PR Card Renewal application cases. We have helped our clients in their difficult situations and have guided them to draft a more effective application. We can help you draft your application and arrange the required documents. A well-planned and complete application will increase your likelihood of acceptance and will save you from hassle.
If you are worried about the legal fees, don't be! Our goal is to help everyone that is interested in immigrating to Canada. Contact us and we can provide numerous options for you. You can also purchase our very affordable Do it Yourself Immigration Kit which details everything for you. If you are still not sure, feel free to get back to us. We will review your case before you submit it to give you the best possible outcome.