If you want to renew your Permanent Resident Card you’ll have to meet the requirement of residency and show that you have resided in Canada for at least 730 days, which is 2 out of 5 years. There are 4 different ways to meet this requirement including:
- Be present physically in Canada.
- Accompany a Canadian citizen that is a parent, spouse or common-law partner.
- Have full-time employment with a Canadian business or be employed in the public service sector and have travel requirements associated with the job.
- Accompany a permanent resident that has full-time employment with a Canadian business or works in the public service sector and must travel as part of the job.
If you’re unable to meet this residency requirement you can ask for consideration on humanitarian and compassionate grounds on the renewal application. A detailed explanation must be provided to show why you had to stay outside of the country for so long. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will determine on its own discretion whether the renewal of your Permanent Resident Card will be granted.