FAQs: Permanent Resident Card

Posted in PR Card Renewal

What is PR (Permanent Resident) Card?

The PR card in Canada works the same way as a Green Card works in the United States of America. Whenever a person's application for permanent residence is successful, a card is issued to them to act as identification for the time of stay in Canada. The card remains valid for a period of five years and must be renewed after that. This is the document that is required when travelling to and from Canada during your permanent residence period.

My PR Card expired. I am outside Canada. What to do?

This is a very complex situation but happens quite often with permanent residents of Canada. Usually they plan for a short visit to their home country and stay there for a longer period causing their PR card to expire. If you face such an issue, there is no need for panic. You may still be able to renew your PR card by:

  1. Applying for a Travel Document,
  2. Applying for permanent Resident Card renewal with Humanitarian and Compassionate arguments, or
  3. Entering via to US

Is a valid PR card a requirement for staying in Canada?

No, in fact not. A PR card is not the same as your PR status. As long as you have the legal visa and conditions for your permanent residence, an expired PR card does not take away your privileges. However, since it is a very important document, you must always apply for its renewal before it expires.

Is a valid PR card required for applying for Citizenship?

No, there is no necessary requirement of a working PR card when applying for Canadian Citizenship. You submit the copy of your PR card just like your other documents when applying for citizenship. If you have an expired card, you just need to inform the authorities. You can also easily renew your PR card during the period of your Citizenship application. The process of Citizenship usually takes well over a year, so you can easily get your new PR card while your citizenship application is in process.

How can you be sure that you can help me with my immigration problem?

We always do an assessment of each individual case. We work specifically to understand your problem first by going through a series of steps. Every case is unique and has different circumstances. We understand that and find out your issues exclusively. This helps us work out a way to help you in almost all kinds of scenarios. We do this assessment by going through few comprehensive steps such as:

  1. We ask you to thoroughly explain your situation to us. We listen to what you have to say about the issue
  2. We work to understand the background of your problem. It helps to form a strategy if the cause of the problem is identified and isolated,
  3. We check you previous history with the immigration process. This helps us find out what complications we face when pursuing your case to the immigration,
  4. We work out the precise objectives that needs to be achieved to solve your problem specifically, and
  5. We prepare and present to you the complete strategy of solving your problem before asking you to become a client.

What are the Steps?

Contact Us

You can call us or write us an email. We'll arrange an appointment for you, where a legal expert will sit with you and assess your case.

Retain the Firm

Once you have retained the firm we will start preparing your case.

Document Checklist

Our immigration expert will discuss your case in detail and will identify the most feasible plan. Based on the selected route, you will be given a checklist of documents that need to be submitted with your application.

Submit the Application

As soon as your application is ready, we'll submit it to the immigration office. We'll stay in close contact with the office and will keep you updated regarding the status of the application.


When the decision arrives, we'll inform you. In case of a refusal, we'll assist you file an appeal after reassessing the results and your case.

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