CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD
After a non-Canadian has obtained Canadian Landed Immigrant status he is required to obtain a Canadian Permanent Resident Card (“PR Card”). The PR Card is also known as the “Maple Leaf Card”.
There are many benefits to obtaining a PR Card. One of the main benefits is that it allows a non-Canadian with Canadian Landed Immigrant status to be able to board an airplane going to Canada. If this person does not have a PR Card this person will not be able to enter Canada by airplane unless the person obtains a special travel document called a TRW.
In order to qualify for a PR Card the Canadian Landed Immigrant must have lived in Canada a minimum of two years (730 days) in the last five years (1825 days). There are three special exceptions: if the Canadian Landed Immigrant is working overseas on a full time basis for a Canadian company; if the Canadian Landed Immigrant is accompanying a Canadian spouse who is working overseas on a full time basis for a Canadian company; or the Canadian Landed Immigrant has a Canadian child.
The standard procedure is to submit an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a PR Card. The application is very detailed and approximately half (50%) of the PR Card applications submitted are rejected.
If the PR Card application is rejected you can either appeal or submit another application.
Brian Edward Tadayoshi Tsuji
Canadian Immigration Lawyer
2800 Park Place
666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2Z7
Tel:(604) 643-6496 Fax:(604) 605-3596