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How do I extend PR? 

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Posted On: 9/19/2020
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Dear Sir/Madam

I hope all is well with you. I am sending this inquiry on behalf of myself and my wife.

We both are Permanent Residents of Canada which got our PR card in 2015. Our cards will expire on Sep 28 2020 (for myself) and Sep 22 2020 (for my wife).

We both were PhD students in the USA and currently present in the USA as post-doctoral students. We had planned to move to Canada once we finish our study in the USA but due to the circumstances such as COVID-19 we are not able to travel to Canada before our expiry date of our PR card. My wife's family (both sisters) live in Canada right now and our goal is to travel to Canada after our program. I am wondering if you can advise us how to extend our PR card, if there is any, or get a travel document after the expiry date of our cards. We can coordinate a call if it works for you and we can pay all the fees for an attorney if you can help us with the extension of the PR or getting travel documents. Your help and consideration is appreciated in advance.
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Posted On: 27 days ago
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Hello There,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

If you plan on returning after your PR card expires, you may need to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document to return to Canada.

According to the IRCC Help Centre article What happens if my permanent resident card expires while I am outside Canada?:
If you’re outside Canada and don’t have a valid PR card, you need a permanent resident travel document (PRTD) to return to Canada. You can only apply for a PRTD from outside Canada. If you try to return to Canada without a PR card or PRTD, you may not be able to take your flight, train, bus or boat to Canada.


You may find useful information in the article on Settlement.Org, What are the residency requirements for permanent residents (PRs)? Here is an excerpt:

To meet these residency obligations, you must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days (2 years) in every 5-year period. The 5-year period is assessed on a rolling basis. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will look back at your time in Canada over the previous 5 years.

This means that you can spend a total of up to 3 years outside of Canada during a 5-year period.


With regard to PR renewal, IRCC may take humanitarian and compassionate reasons into consideration for your extended stay. However, this is up to IRCC and it would be best for you to contact the local visa office or IRCC via web form to get more details about her specific application and what kind of supporting documents you may require.

You may also want the advice of a reputable and registered immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer familiar with immigration law for advice regarding your situation.


We hope this information is helpful. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to post them here.


Sincerely,

Your Settlement.Org Team
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