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navk13
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Posted On: 12/25/2022
navk13
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Hi,

We stayed in Canada and renewed PR card three times.

After renewing the PR card in Mid 2018, we traveled to Native country.

Since then due to various reasons, including COVID reasons we could not travel back.

Now, our ( Mine and my wife ) PR card expiring in May 2023.

We wish to travel back to Canada by end of April.

My question is :

Though we have valid PR card, will there be any issues with Border services while enetering Airport ?

Any questions need to be answered ?

Any document needed why we did not travel back ?

Thanks in advance.
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Posted On: 28 days ago
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Hello There,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

Based on information on the IRCC website, you will likely need to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document to return to Canada after your PR card expires. 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 also 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.


IRCC may take humanitarian and compassionate reasons into consideration for your mother staying outside of Canada for an extended period of time. This is up to IRCC and it would be best for your mother 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 she may require. For updated information on travel rules and restrictions, we recommend that you visit the Government of Canada website on COVID-19 updates for travel, quarantine, and borders. You may also wish to consult a reputable and registered immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer about her 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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