Permanent Residence Card Replacement Becomes Easy

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 |

Permanent residents arriving in Canada on or after 28 June, 2002 apply for a Permanent Resident Card as part of the landing process. It is necessary to supply a Canadian residential address at the time of landing.

When you receive your permanent residence card (PR Card) after being granted residency in Canada you will notice that:

· It is only valid for five years.

· After five years you will need to apply for a replacement card, which is issued subject to you having kept to the original residency requirements.

In order to keep your permanent residency status you need to have lived in Canada for:

· At least two years within the five year period.

· You can also loose residency status, if convicted of a serious crime.

On June 16th Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced changes to the way in which PR cards are replaced.

Instead of having to send in your existing PR card with your renewal application you

keep your card until it is exchanged. There is also no longer a need to have a guarantor signature or to sign a statutory declaration in lieu of a guarantor.

The changes make it much easier for permanent residents to continue traveling whilst their replacement card application is being processed. As a permanent resident you need to show your PR card in order to re-enter Canada via commercial transportation after visiting another country.

Without a valid PR card you will not be allowed to board commercial transportation back to Canada. You should check the expiry date of your PR card and apply for a new one well before the date.

Canadian Immigration Facts and Figures - 2002 and beyond

Thursday, July 23, 2009 |

“A Backwards Step” - Proposed Canadian immigration changes

Monday, July 20, 2009 |

The latest publicity about the anticipated changes to the way Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) handles immigration applications is coming under fire from many different parties. The Canadian Bar Association calls it “a major step backwards in the evolution of Canadian immigration law.”

The association's Stephen Green said, “The amendments are not necessary to meet Canada's immigration goals. The changes would fast-track highly coveted immigrants - such as doctors and other skilled laborers - while others would be forced to wait in the queue.” Immigration Minister Diane Finley said in a statement, "If nothing is done, it will soon take 10 years for an application to be processed. That's unfair to immigrants and their families who want to come to Canada, and to Canadian employers who want to hire them."

The bar association recommended that Ottawa by now has the power to decrease backlog by allocating more staff to the visa offices where applications are processed. Green added, “The amendments could lead to an erosion of the rule of law – a principle whereby everyone, including governments, are subject to the law, and the law itself must be fair and free from the influence of arbitrary power.”

Coming in a wide-ranging budget implementation bill, the proposals contain two key changes effective for applications received after February 27th 2008:

• The government would produce a list of skills that Canada desperately needs, then fast-track applicants who have those skills.

• The government would limit the number of applications Canada looks at in any given year. The recent federal budget also included $109 million to help reduce immigration wait times. Concern has been expressed that the bill is being rushed without proper consultation or thought to the impact on existing applicants.

The government has yet to clarify which categories of applications it will prioritize, but it is expected to fast track applications in the so-called economic class of immigrants, which includes skilled workers.

Ed Komarnicki, parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Diane Finley, said the proposed bill will prevent the backlog from growing. The government will then work to reduce the backlog through additional funding of $109 million over five years.

"What this is doing is ensuring that we're not adding more applications to a system that's already clogged," said Mr. Komarnicki. "First of all, you prevent it from growing. Then you deal with the backlog itself." Immigration Minister Diane Finley said, “The new bill will allow employers to get skilled workers more quickly. The current system, if left unchanged, is on track to collapse under its own weight. The system needs fixing,"

However the government has not said which types of workers will be fast- tracked, or who would go the bottom of the line. There are also questions about who would determine priorities.

Finley stressed that the immigration system would be "universal and nondiscriminatory." Finley said countries like Britain and Australia are able to process would-be immigrants much faster – sometimes in as little as six months – putting Canada at a disadvantage as it tries to lure skilled workers to come here. She added that the current system requires every application to be processed and said this is like a hockey team only being able to pick the first 25 applicants, regardless of their skills, even if this left the team without a goalie.


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