PR Card Renewal & Exchange

Permanent Resident Card Renewal/Exchange

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Introduction

The PR Card is the Permanent Resident Card, also known as the “Permanent Resident Card”, which is the identity document for permanent residents of Canada, similar to the US green card.

The PR Card has a certain timeliness, and the general validity period is five years. In order not to affect its use, the PR Card needs to be replaced with a new one 9 months (270 days) before its expiration.


Requirements

  • The applicant must have become a permanent resident of Canada, and be careful not to be a Canadian citizen or a native of Canada;
  • The person must be living in Canada when submitting the application (if the applicant is abroad, you need to apply for a permanent resident tourist visa PRTD first, and then apply for the PR Card after returning to Canada);
  • Currently not deported from Canada, and not criminally convicted;
  • The PR Card will expire in the next 9 months
  • If the PR Card is lost or damaged, you need to inform the details in advance when you renew the card

Submit Method

  • If the applicant is outside of Canada, he should go to the nearest visa office, apply for a permanent resident tourist visa, and then apply for a replacement PR Card after returning to Canada;
  • If the applicant is in Canada, he can apply for the PR Card on paper, but the PR Card cannot be applied online.

Documents Checklist

  • Application for a Permanent Resident Card (IMM 5444)
  • One of:
    • your valid passport or travel document or
    • the passport or travel document you had when you became a permanent resident (if applicable, include the passport page that was stamped when you arrived in Canada and became a permanent resident) or
    • the certificate of identity or travel document issued by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or a foreign country.
  • Color, high-definition copy of passport homepage
  • Two photos that meet the requirements
  • Payment receipt
  • If you live outside of Canada for more than 1095 days, you need to provide documentary proof that meets the residency requirements
  • Please provide notarization of name change, if applicable
  • Please provide CIT 0404, in the case of changing gender

If you are a student under 18:

  • Students also need to provide Report Card, official transcripts and proof of school attendance (optional copy of student ID)
  • Notarized birth certificate, adoption certificate or guardian certificate

Supplementary optional documents:

  • High-resolution color scan of the entire passport (if a new passport has been reissued within 5 years, the old passport also needs to be provided)
  • Copy of immigration paper
  • A copy of the front and back of the PR Card
  • Copy of front and back of driver’s license
  • A copy of the front and back of the health card
  • A copy of the Notice of Assessment issued by Canada Revenue Agency in the last 5 years

Q&A

Q: After the application for the extension of the PR Card is approved, can someone get a new PR Card on my behalf?

A: You cannot collect it on your behalf. The Immigration Bureau will mail the Card to the applicant’s address in Canada.

Q: Do I need to enter biometrics information/record fingerprints for the PR Card?

A: No.

Q: After getting the new PR Card, is the past entry and exit records cleared?

A: No. Many people mistakenly believe that after successfully renewing their PR Card, as long as the residence requirements are met for two years in the next five years, the previous entry and exit records will be cleared (that they can stay away from Canada for three consecutive years, and then return to Canada for the remaining two years). If these people have not left Canada in the two years before receiving the new PR Card, they can do so. Otherwise, the residence time requirements will not be met. In fact, the Immigration Department’s regulations on the residence time of permanent residents are: the residence time in Canada must exceed two years in any five years. This 5 years is not based on the time to get the new PR Card. It refers to any period of 5 years after the permanent resident has landed. Therefore, we hereby to remind some people who often have to enter and exit the country to pay special attention to their residence time.


Fees

  • The service fee does not include government fees, translation fees, notarization fees, delivery fees and other third-party fees

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