Permanent Residents of Canada are eligible to apply for a PR Card Renewal only in these following instances:
- They did not receive their PR Card within 180 days since landing in Canada;
- Their PR Card has expired or will expire within the next 9 months;
- Their PR Card has been destroyed, lost or stolen; or
- They have legally changed their name and they require to update their card.
In order to maintain permanent resident status in Canada, individuals must have physically been in Canada for at least 730 days (two years) in the last five years. The 730 days do not need to be continuous and some of the time abroad may count towards the 730 days. These can be one of the following:
- Time spent abroad with a Canadian citizen who is their spouse, common-law partner or their parent;
- Employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province; or
- Accompanying a permanent resident (who is their spouse, common-law partner, or their parent) that is employed on a full basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province.
In some instances where the residency obligations have not been met, the PR Card renewal application can be made on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.