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PR Status In Canada

Canadian permanent residents must live in Canada at least 730 days (i.e., around 2 years) in a 5-year period to retain PR status. A permanent resident card is issued for 5 years and is required to return to Canada by plane, bus, boat or train. Read more about Canadian PR status and PR card.

Understand Canadian Permanent Resident Status (PR)

Canadian permanent resident status (PR) is granted to a person who immigrated to Canada under one of Canadian federal or provincial immigration programs.

A permanent resident of Canada is entitled to social benefits, can live, work, or study in Canada without restrictions, or apply for Canadian citizenship once eligibility requirements are met.

At the same time, a permanent resident has obligations, such as to abide by the laws and regulations and pay taxes. A permanent resident of Canada must live in Canada at least 730 days (i.e., around 2 years) in a 5-year period to retain PR status. Otherwise, PR status could be lost. A permanent resident of Canada can also voluntarily give up permanent resident status.

Permanent residents are not allowed to run or vote for political office and work at some jobs that require a high-level safety clearance.

Does Canadian Permanent Resident Need To Live In Canada?

To keep status, a permanent resident of Canada must have been in Canada for at least 730 days (don’t need to be continuous) during the last 5 years (on a sliding scale). If a permanent resident of Canada lives abroad for a longer period and residency obligation is not met, PR status may be lost.

When Canadian Permanent Resident Status Is Lost?

When a PR card expires or residency obligation is not met, a permanent resident status is still not lost. Canadian permanent resident can only lose status through the official process if:

A judge determines that a person is no longer a permanent resident.
Permanent resident willingly gives up status.
Permanent resident receives a removal order and it comes into force.
Permanent resident became Canadian citizen.

Canadian Permanent Resident Card

PR card shows a Canadian permanent resident status of its holder.

A permanent resident card is issued for 5 years and is required to return to Canada by plane, bus, boat or train.

A permanent resident card is automatically issued to new immigrants (i.e., no need to apply for the one), however, could only be sent to the Canadian mailing address. So, new immigrants have to notify the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about a new address in Canada (within 180 days from arrival).

Permanent residents are obliged to have a valid PR card or permanent resident travel document to return to Canada. If a PR of Canada travels outside Canada, a passport and PR card will both be required to come back to Canada. Without any of those, you may not be able to board. If a permanent resident is outside Canada with the expired permanent resident card, then this person has to apply for a permanent resident travel document to be able to return to Canada.
Renew PR Card

To renew a card, a permanent resident must:

Be a permanent resident of Canada, and
Meet residency obligation (730 days in the last 5 years living in Canada), and
Submit application in Canada (PR cards are mailed only to Canadian addresses), and
Current PR card will expire in less than 9 months or is already expired, and/or
A legal name of a permanent resident has been changed and needs to be updated, and/or
PR card has been stolen, destroyed or lost, and/or
New immigrant did not obtain PR card within 180 days after immigrating to Canada.

In most cases, the following documents must accompany the application for a new PR card:

PR card. If you are applying to replace a card because it is damaged or the information on it is wrong, send the card with your application. If you are applying to renew your card, keep your current card and include a photocopy of it with your application.

A photocopy of a valid passport or travel document, or a passport or travel document you held at the time you became a permanent resident.

Any other identity document.

2 photos.

A solemn statement, if PR card was stolen, lost, destroyed or was not received within 180 days after immigrating to Canada.

A copy of the receipt of the processing fee.

New PR card will be received by mail to a Canadian address. In some cases, maybe collected at one of the IRCC offices upon presentation of a passport or another travel document and the original documents sent when applied. If a PR card is not collected within 180 days, it will be destroyed and a new application has to be made.

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