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The PR card is valid for only 5 years and, although not mandatory, should be renewed, especially if the permanent resident wishes to travel outside of and re-enter Canada. The permanent resident outside Canada cannot apply to renew their PR cards, instead they must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) and show that they have met the requirements to remain PR, then apply for a PR card after they return to Canada.

If your permanent resident (PR) card is expired or will expire in less than 9 months, you can apply for a new card. The new card will have a new expiration date. Most new PR cards are valid for 5 years. To be eligible for a PR card, you need to:

  1. be a permanent resident and
  2. submit your application in Canada