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Outside Canada - Renew my PR card 

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Posted On: 6/1/2017
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In case I live outside of Canada, and i returned to renew my PR card.

If I submit the required documents, Does the IRCC provide me with a documentation that i have submit my application for PR Card renewal ?

and if I will be travelling back home before receiving the new PR Card and my old card might expire meanwhile, would I be able to re-enter Canada to collect my renewed PR Card?
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Posted On: 6/1/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be interested in knowing what your options are in this situation.

You can find some information regarding the process and how you can get updates related to the status of your PR card renewal application on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website in the Apply for, renew or replace a permanent resident card - 4.After you apply section.

Here is an excerpt,

Application processing times start from when we get a complete application with supporting documents and photos in the right format. You can see the average processing times for PR card applications or check the status of your application.


If we approve your application, we will mail you a PR card. In some cases, we may ask you to pick it up at one of our offices. If we do, bring your passport, or other travel document, and the original documents you sent when you applied. If you don’t pick your card up within 180 days, we will destroy it and you will have to apply for a new one.




In terms of returning to Canada, you can find some information on the IRCC website in the I am outside of Canada and do not have a PR card. How can I return to Canada? section.

Here is an excerpt,

I am outside of Canada and do not have a PR card. How can I return to Canada?

Canada’s entry requirements are changing

Permanent residents (PR) of Canada must carry and present their valid PR card or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) when boarding a flight to Canada, or travelling to Canada on any other commercial carrier. If you do not carry your PR card or PRTD, you may not be able to board your flight, train, bus or boat to Canada.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your PR card is still valid when you return from travel outside Canada, and to apply for a new PR card when your current card expires.

Returning by private vehicle

There are other documents you can use to enter the country.

When you return to Canada, apply for a PR card if you plan to travel outside Canada again.

Some examples of private vehicles include, but are not limited to: a car, truck, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle that you own, borrow, or rent, and that is not available for public use.

Returning by commercial vehicle: airplane, bus, train, or boat

You must apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD), valid for one entry. Otherwise you may not be able to travel to Canada.

You can apply to replace your PR card when you return to Canada.


I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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