How Long Does the Canada Permanent Resident Card Last

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According to section 54(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, whether you apply for an initial or subsequent PR card, the card will be valid for 5 years in the majority of circumstances.

It’s also worth noting that even if your PR card has expired, you’re still a permanent resident. You lose your permanent resident status under section 46 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act if any of the following events occur:

  • You become a citizen of Canada;
  • When a ruling was made outside of Canada that you had breached your residence obligation and you did not challenge the decision, or if you did, your appeal was denied;
  • When the removal order that has been issued against you becomes effective;
  • A final determination has been made that your refugee protection has ended for any of the grounds listed in section 108(a)-(d);
  • When a final decision is made to overturn a decision granting refugee protection to you.
  • When the official confirms your request to renounce your status as a permanent resident.

As a result, even if your PR card has expired, you remain a permanent resident of Canada if neither of the above applies to you. Many people are unaware that having a valid PR card is not essential when applying for Canadian citizenship, assuming you complete all of the requirements.

If travelling by commercial conveyance, such as an aircraft, train, bus, or boat, you must have a valid PR card to re-enter Canada. If your PR card expires while you are outside of Canada, you will need to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document, which can only be done from outside of the country.

 

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