I Have Mostly Lived Outside Of Canada, Can I Renew My Permanent Resident Card?


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How to renew your permanent residence card if you are outside of Canada

I am a Permanent Resident of Canada, but I have mostly lived outside of Canada, What is Permanent Resident Card renewal process?

The renewal of your Permanent Resident Card will depend on the reasons why you were not present in Canada for at least 730 days in the five years preceding the application for renewal. If you were accompanying a Canadian spouse, common-law partner or parent outside Canada, if you were employed by a Canadian company overseas or if you were with a Permanent Resident of Canada employed by a Canadian company overseas, those days will be counted as spent in Canada. If you do not fit in any of these exceptions, you will need to ask the immigration officer to consider humanitarian and compassionate reasons as to why you were absent from Canada (i.e., medical condition of family member abroad. It is important that you clearly outline the reasons why you did not meet the residency requirement.

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Mary Keyork provides Immigration Law services for hundreds of immigration applications in all categories and has appeared before all three divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as at the Federal Court of Canada, successfully representing clients in complex immigration applications and hearings.
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