Once you receive a new PR card, it will remain valid for five years, although in some situations it may be valid for one year. Check the expiry date on your card to see how long you have to renew your card.
You can renew your card within six months of your expiry date. If you will be traveling within a year, it is best to apply as soon as you can so your card will arrive in time. You can check the government of Canada’s processing times online to see how long the process may take. You can also apply for urgent processing if you will be traveling sooner.
The Renewal Process
To apply to renew your PR card, you will need to:
- Get and complete your application package. You will need to include a photocopy of your card. Keep your PR card in a safe spot until your new one arrives. You will also need to provide clear copies of your passports or travel documents, two photos that meet the application requirements, the processing fee, a receipt copy for the fee, and any other documents required by the application checklist. To complete the forms, you will need to pay the fee online.
- Send in the application package by mail or courier.
- Wait to receive your card. In some cases, you may be asked to pick up your card in person. You may need to bring some of your documentation and paperwork to do so. Once you have received your new PR card, destroy your old, expired card.
My PR Card is Expired—Can it be Renewed?
The good news is that your immigration status as a permanent resident does not automatically expire just because your card has. You can still apply to renew your card and you should do so as soon as possible. Your permanent resident card is the easiest way to prove your status and your right to health care, residency, employment, and all the other benefits of being a permanent resident of Canada.
Whether your card is expired or not, applying correctly is important. Keep in mind that processing times start when a complete and correct application is submitted. Errors on your application can delay the process and can make it harder to prove your immigration status. Our resource for PR card renewal can help guide you through the process. If you have questions, be sure to check out our FAQs for more information.