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PR Renewal - Accompanying Canadian Citizen abroad 

upgsw191
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Posted On: 7/21/2019
upgsw191
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Hello,
I am a PR married to a Canadian citizen (got his citizenship in October 2014), and we have been living in Sri Lanka for several years now. Our child is also a Canadian citizen.
My PR expires in February 2020, and I am applying for renewal on the basis of accompanying a Canadian citizen. We hope to go to Canada around August/September and post the application. During the last 5 years, we have traveled to Canada twice and stayed there for a few weeks.
Although we have been living together for the last 5 years, we are not certain whether the proof we are having is sufficient. Only the electricity bill is in my name, but the address in the bill doesn’t give the full details: Our address reads as: house no, avenue, Road and city. But in the electricity bill it reads as: house no, name of road (without the word road), and city; (without Avenue name). We are both worried whether this electricity bill will be accepted as proof.
The credit card bill comes in my husband’s name, and I have a supplementary card (I am not employed). I have a few letters from bank addressed in my name when sending the supplementary card. We have separate bank accounts, except for a joint bank account opened about one year ago
Of course we have the house deed, written in both our names. It doesn’t indicate the house number.
Very much obliged if you can please give us advice.
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Posted On: 7/22/2019
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Hello,

Thank you for using our forum.

In regards to your question you might find useful information in:

What are the residency requirements for permanent residents (PRs)? - https://settlement.org/ontario/immigration-citizenship/permanent-residence/permanent-resident-pr-status/what-are-the-residency-requirements-for-permanent-residents-prs/

Can my time abroad count toward my permanent resident status? - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=1466&top=10

We hope that you will find this information useful.

Thank you,
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upgsw191 wrote:
Hello,
I am a PR married to a Canadian citizen (got his citizenship in October 2014), and we have been living in Sri Lanka for several years now. Our child is also a Canadian citizen.
My PR expires in February 2020, and I am applying for renewal on the basis of accompanying a Canadian citizen. We hope to go to Canada around August/September and post the application. During the last 5 years, we have traveled to Canada twice and stayed there for a few weeks.
Although we have been living together for the last 5 years, we are not certain whether the proof we are having is sufficient. Only the electricity bill is in my name, but the address in the bill doesn’t give the full details: Our address reads as: house no, avenue, Road and city. But in the electricity bill it reads as: house no, name of road (without the word road), and city; (without Avenue name). We are both worried whether this electricity bill will be accepted as proof.
The credit card bill comes in my husband’s name, and I have a supplementary card (I am not employed). I have a few letters from bank addressed in my name when sending the supplementary card. We have separate bank accounts, except for a joint bank account opened about one year ago
Of course we have the house deed, written in both our names. It doesn’t indicate the house number.
Very much obliged if you can please give us advice.
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upgsw191
upgsw191
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Posted On: 7/23/2019
upgsw191
upgsw191
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Thanks for the reply. However, my main concerns are regarding proof of accompanying spouse, which are:
1. The only utility bill is in my name, the Electricity bill, does not give the full address. Will that be accepted?
2. There are 03 letters from bank delivering supplementary credit cards to my name for the last five years.
3. We have our house deed, for bot our names. Will that be sufficient?
Hope for a positive response soon.
Thanks


Moderator wrote:
Hello,

Thank you for using our forum.

In regards to your question you might find useful information in:

What are the residency requirements for permanent residents (PRs)? - https://settlement.org/ontario/immigration-citizenship/permanent-residence/permanent-resident-pr-status/what-are-the-residency-requirements-for-permanent-residents-prs/

Can my time abroad count toward my permanent resident status? - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=1466&top=10

We hope that you will find this information useful.

Thank you,
Settlement.Org

upgsw191 wrote:
Hello,
I am a PR married to a Canadian citizen (got his citizenship in October 2014), and we have been living in Sri Lanka for several years now. Our child is also a Canadian citizen.
My PR expires in February 2020, and I am applying for renewal on the basis of accompanying a Canadian citizen. We hope to go to Canada around August/September and post the application. During the last 5 years, we have traveled to Canada twice and stayed there for a few weeks.
Although we have been living together for the last 5 years, we are not certain whether the proof we are having is sufficient. Only the electricity bill is in my name, but the address in the bill doesn’t give the full details: Our address reads as: house no, avenue, Road and city. But in the electricity bill it reads as: house no, name of road (without the word road), and city; (without Avenue name). We are both worried whether this electricity bill will be accepted as proof.
The credit card bill comes in my husband’s name, and I have a supplementary card (I am not employed). I have a few letters from bank addressed in my name when sending the supplementary card. We have separate bank accounts, except for a joint bank account opened about one year ago
Of course we have the house deed, written in both our names. It doesn’t indicate the house number.
Very much obliged if you can please give us advice.
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Posted On: 9/5/2019
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your additional questions with us.

Just for clarification, when you refer to your PR expiring and applying for renewal, if you are referring to renewing your PR card, unfortunately, you can only renew your PR card in Canada.

You can find some detailed information regarding the process to and what is required to enter Canada on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website in the What happens if my permanent resident card expires while I am outside Canada? section.

Here is an excerpt,

You can only renew your card in Canada. We don’t send PR cards to non-Canadian addresses and we don’t allow third parties to get them for you.

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 can find some examples and detailed information regarding what type of supporting documents are acceptable, specifically when applying for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD).

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, CCRS, CCRS-DC
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