It is encouraged for permanent residents of Canada to hold an authentic permanent residence card at every time. Not only does the permanent residence card allow a permanent resident to show their proof of status, but it also grants an individual the liberty to travel in and out of the country.
If a permanent residence card is within 9 months of expiration, or it’s already expired, a permanent resident can submit an application for a replacement of their permanent residence card.
In order to renew a permanent resident card, an applicant must submit an outright application in a hard-copy text to any of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Case Processing Centres for permanent residence cards.
Upon submission, as long as the application is complete and the permanent resident meets all requirements, a replacement permanent residence card is going to be issued.
It should be noted that permanent resident status doesn’t expire when a person’s permanent residence card expires. An individual can only lose their permanent residence status if it is through an official process. An individual can lose their permanent residence status within the following situations:
- An officer determines the individual is no longer a permanent resident after an inquiry (including permanent residence card renewal) or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) appeal;
- The individual voluntarily renounces their permanent resident status;
- A removal order is made against the individual and comes into effect, or;
- The individual becomes a Canadian citizen.
Even if an individual fails to satisfy the permanent resident residency obligation, their permanent residence status remains in effect until a formal decision is taken on their status.