My Permanent Resident Card Expired, Can I Renew It?


Mary Keyork
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How to renew your expired permanent residence card in Canada

To renew your Permanent Residence Card, you must meet the residency requirement of two years out of five (730 days) of “residence” in Canada. There are four ways to meet the residency requirement:

i) be physically present in Canada
ii) be accompanying a citizen who is a spouse, common-law partner or parent
iii) be employed full-time by a “Canadian business” or public service, and required by it to travel
iv) be accompanying a permanent resident who is employed by a “Canadian business” or public service, and required to travel

If you do not meet the residency requirement, you may still submit your renewal application with a request for humanitarian and compassionate considerations. You will need to provide a detailed explanation as to why you were forced to remain outside of Canada. It is up to the discretion of Citizenship and Immigration Canada to determine whether the Permanent Resident Card will be renewed.

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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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