If you need to renew your PR card because it has expired, you will need to submit an application with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Lost, stolen, destroyed or expired permanent resident cards issued by the IRCC can be replaced by filing Form IMM 5444.
Along with that, you will need to submit the required supporting documents and the form filing fee. While the documents you need will depend on your application, you will generally need:
- A photocopy of the main identification document. This document is typically a travel document or a valid passport. It must be an official document with your name, photo, birthday, and an expiry date. The photocopy should be clear.
- Photocopies of two additional forms of identification. These can include a driver’s license, an identification card from the province where you reside, identification from a college or university you attend or other eligible official documentation.
- Evidence of residency. You must be able to show you meet residency requirements by sending eligible and complete photocopies of Income Tax documents, school transcripts, school attendance records, or other eligible documentation.
- Two photos which have been taken in the last six months before you applied. The photos must be placed in a small envelope with the name of the applicant written on the envelope. Write the name on the envelope before placing the photos inside to ensure the photos are not damaged. In addition, do not use paperclips or staples with the photos. Make sure the photos meet current Photograph Specifications before sending.
Keep in mind that you may be asked for additional documentation at any point when you apply for a PR card renewal. If you are asked for more documentation, provide it at once to avoid delays with your application.
To ensure you have all the right documentation for your application, be sure to read and fill out the documentation checklist, IMM 5644. Complete IMM 5644 and include the completed form with your application.
PR Card Renewal Fee
The fee for renewing or replacing your Permanent Resident Card is $50. The processing time according to IRCC is 114 days.
Do you need help ensuring your application is complete? Failing to submit required documents with your application can mean your application is returned or delayed and if your PR card expires you will not be able to travel to and from Canada without getting additional travel documentation.
If you want to ensure you get the right documentation and fill out your PR card renewal application correctly, ImmigrationDirect has resources to help you. We have step-by-step guides to assist you through the application process in plain language and we explain everything clearly, so you understand what you must do to get your PR card. Since we use the latest forms and the most up-to-date information, you can be assured you’re using the correct versions of forms, too. We even have free information to help you understand PR cards better.
Updated on 22nd June 2018.