All permanent residents of Canada should carry a valid PR card with them when traveling outside Canada. The PR card allows permanent residents not only to prove their status but also to travel freely within and outside of the country. A permanent resident can apply for a new PR card if their current PR card is about to expire within nine months or if it has already expired.
A permanent resident card can be renewed by submitting a hard copy application to one of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Case Processing Centres for PR cards. A new PR card will be issued upon submission, provided that the application is complete and the permanent resident meets all requirements.
If a permanent resident fails to meet the residency requirement, their PR status remains in effect until an official decision is made about their status.
When a person’s PR card expires, their permanent resident status does not end. Losing PR status requires an official process. Here are a few ways you could lose PR status: