When should i apply for a pr renewal?

I become a Permanent Resident of Canada in July 2008. My PR card expired in August 2013. By February 2014, I would have completed the 2 years required to apply for a renewal for my PR card. Should I wait for the 2 years requirement to be completed before I apply for a renewal, or should I apply as soon as possible ? Thank you.

Asked over 6 years ago in Vancouver, British Columbia
Categories: Immigration

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Tim Bailey

Answer by Tim Bailey

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As a general rule, it is never a good idea to apply for a renewed PR card until you can demonstrate that you meet the 730 days of presence requirement.  There are exceptions to this rule that may apply, depending on your circumstances, but the easiest and safest thing to do is wait, because if you can conclusively show that you were present in Canada for at least 730 days in the 5 years preceding the application, CIC will generally grant you a renewal.

Posted over 6 years ago

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