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Can't come back to Canada due to COVID, PR expired 

fky0420
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Posted On: 2/11/2021
fky0420
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Hello, my mom was coming back from China last year but the flight was canceled, she rescheduled but it was cancel again. Unfortunately her PR card is going to expire soon, is she going to get rejected when she come back to Canada?
On the other hand, are there ways to renew her PR card online without staying in Canada like how she used to renew her PR card?
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Posted On: 2/18/2021
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Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your question and situation with us.

Based on information on the IRCC website, she may need to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document to return to Canada since her PR card expired.

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.

If she has not met her residency obligations, she may still have PR status, there is an official process that must begin for one to lose PR status. IRCC may take humanitarian and compassionate reasons into consideration for her extended stay outside of Canada if she chooses to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document. 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 this specific situation. You may also wish to consult a reputable and registered immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer for advice on the matter.

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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