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I landed in Canada 18 July 2011 and became a permanent resident. I left few weeks later. I returned back to Canada on 3 May 2015. Since then I only left canada for less than two months. I will complete the 730 days to renew my PR by early July 2017 and I intend to apply for renewal immediately. In one of your answers you mentioned that you recommended to wait until 1080 days. Why is that and what are the possibilities for my application if I submitted immediately after the 730 days.

It’s fairly common that people who renew their PR Card while only meeting the bare minimum of days of the residence requirement will have their application investigated.

As you meet the requirement, there should be no danger in your status being revoked.

However, investigations take time and the renewal can be delayed for months or more. So if you can live in Canada without a valid PR card for even a few months, it might be worth your while to delay your renewal.

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I just received a notification from CIC asking for proof of residency in Canada to complete my PR card renewal application, specifically the following: 1. Complete pages (including blank pages) of your passport(s)/travel document(s) held in the last 5 years. Ensure all pages are in colour and are clearly legible. 2. Personal immigration entry/exit record or movement certificate issued by the countries where you have travelled. I did submit my current passport along with my application but didnt submit my old passport copies of my travel between Canada and Inadia in last 5 years now I am sending all the pages of old and new passport. Also I did check “Yes” in Section E Question 23 of your PR Card renewal form, to authorize IRCC (formerly CIC) to contact CBSA for your entries into Canada. My question is this all is sufficient or I have to contact Indian authorities to provide me personal immigration entry/exit record or movement certificate which seems to be very difficult task

This should be sufficient. IF IRCC wants more information they will let you know.

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I had to leave Canada in 2013 having fulfilled only 2 years out of 3 for PR card renewal. If I fly back in on my (new) UK passport are my expired PR card details still on the system?

They should be. However, in the early days of the eTA system (that’s the thing you have to get instead of a visa) many permanent residents were able to get eTAs and come to Canada, which they weren’t supposed to do. That’s changed but we don’t know how thorough the system is. The only way to find out is to apply for your eTA and see if it’s approved or not.

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My PR card is about to expire in July 2020. I stayed in canada 122 days. I want to go back to canada before PR card expiry. What kind of questions/process to expect at airport upon arrival in canada?

If you didn’t get back before the pandemic, you are probably going to have problems keeping your status.

Under normal circumstances the best thing to do in this situation is to fly to the States and have someone come down and pick you up and drive you into Canada. (You can enter Canada by private vehicle without a PR Card.) There is still some risk of your status being revoked in this situation.

But, honestly, we don’t know how the pandemic is going to affect Canadian PRs living outside of Canada who were not meeting the residence requirement. There’s probaly very little political will for an amnesty in this situation and so it’s definitely possible that there will be no official extension/waiver of the residence requirement in cases like yours.

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My daughter is 7year old her PR card is expire in june I want to change her name on PR card plZ tell me procedure of changing name in canada I also want to know that we have to change name on Passport before or after changing name on PR card.

You need to get her a legal name change from your province of residence.

If her only ID is her passport she will have to have her name changed on it as well. And so it depends upon the country, but some of them will likely not accept a Canadian name change as proof of a name change. So that’s something to think about.

Once that’s done, you will have to apply to change her name on her Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). Once that’s changed, she can get a new PR card with the new name on it.

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My nephew has been granted a permanent residence in Canada and applied for almost one month ago. Still there is a time to wait to receive it. Unfortunately, he has to travel back home to see his elder brother who is critically ill and on ventilator ( cancer patient). Is their any way he is eligible to travel out side Canada not having a PR card in possession. secondly as we know that doing an application for the permission to travel back into Canada from outside Canada will take long time as his vacations /leave will be only for three weeks max. Is it possible to have some document in advance ( prior to leaving Canada) that may allow him to travel in and out in special circumstance like this – on humanitarian grounds. Please advise at your earliest possible enabling my nephew to decide about his travel to attend his brother. It is an emergency situation for the family and hope you may have some support/solution for my nephew in these difficult times. Appreciate your response at the earliest. thanks. We are seeking this help to avoid lateral delays and difficulties. 

There is not such special permission to travel while waiting for a new PR card. What your nephew needs to do is contact IRCC to request urgent processing due to a family emergency. He will have to prove it’s an emergency.

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