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Statute of limitations on PR card renewal?

Post by crispy » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:12 pm

Salut!

I am a PR of Canada (skilled worker) currently living in the UK with my Canadian wife.

My PR card has been expired for a while. I understand that I must apply for a PR travel document to return to Canada and then apply to renew my card from within.

Is there a statute of limitations on this? I know I should come back to sort this out but life in the UK marches on and coming back to Canada for 21 days just to close a bureaucratic loop is not ideal. What if five years go by? Is that okay?

Thanks for any guidance.

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Re: Statute of limitations on PR card renewal?

Post by crispy » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:14 pm

Hi Folks,

Is anyone willing to answer this question (or to hazard a guess)?

It's surely surely a relatively common question that would be good to commit to text for general reference and even to add to this site's FAQ?

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Re: Statute of limitations on PR card renewal?

Post by CR001 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:15 pm

We don't have many members at all who are knowledgeable on Canadian immigration issues. There are only about 4 that I am aware of and they are not regular visitors to the forum.
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Re: Statute of limitations on PR card renewal?

Post by avro1959 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:05 am

This is a late reply and you've probably already found your answer but here goes.

There are a lot of misconceptions about permanent residency. The key point to note is that your PR status never expires automatically. The PR card however, which provides you the ability to re-enter Canada, does have a 5 year term. So the short answer to your question is that there is no time limitation for renewing your PR card.

In order to renew your PR card, you will need to meet your residency obligation (RO) which is 730 days of physical presence in Canada of the previous 5 years. Failing to prove that you met your RO will cause you to lose your permanent residency status.

However, as you already know, any days spent outside the country with a Canadian citizen spouse is not counted as an absence. Hence, you continue to meet your residency obligation even if your card is expired.

For all you care, you could be living outside Canada with your wife for 50 years, and you will still have met your residency obligation when you apply to renew your PR card, or when you apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD).

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