In this last part of our series on Permanent Resident Cards we will discuss responsibilities and rights of PR Card holders after they have immigrated to Canada. You can find parts one, two, three and four on our article page as well.
Keeping your Permanent Resident Card valid is an important part of being a Permanent Resident in Canada. Without a Permanent Resident Card it will be very difficult to enter Canada if you ever choose to travel abroad. Considering the ease with which one can apply for a renewed Permanent Resident Card, there’s no reason to let it expire.
Because Permanent Residency has already been granted the process of renewing the card is just a matter of updating the information. You will be required to fill out the necessary forms, send new photos of yourself and supporting documentation that you used to file for a PR Card in the first place. The fee for the form is $50, Canadian.
Be sure to apply less than six months from when the card expires to ensure your application will not be rejected. After the form is filed, it only takes a couple of months to send a new card to your home.
There may be a situation where you still have your Permanent Resident Card, but it is useless because it has been damaged or, in the worst case, destroyed. The process for replacing a Permanent Resident Card is identical to renewing the PR Card. The only difference is that if you still have the damaged or destroyed card you will need to send it in with the other supporting documentation.
Lost or stolen PR Cards can also be replaced, and, of course, they do not need to be submitted in the application.
Permanent Resident Card Uses
Permanent Resident Cards are incredibly useful identification documents and are necessary for a number of things:
- Applying for a job.
- Signing up for Employment Insurance (EI) or health care.
- Travelling abroad.
- Applying for other benefits.
- You may find the PR Card to be useful for an all-purpose identification document.
After a certain period of time has elapsed, namely four years, you may find yourself eligible for Canadian citizenship and all of the rights that that status entails.
Here are some of the other requirements that must be met:
- You have to have lived in Canada for three out of the four years prior to your application for citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides a citizenship calculator on their website to assist you in making this calculation.
- You must be competent in either of the official languages of Canada. Proficiency in French or English is mandatory for all citizens of Canada and you will be tested as part of your application.
- You must also be familiar with the history, culture and government of Canada. This website offers a variety of helpful study tools for the citizenship test in its article section.