A permanent resident status helps you settle in Canada and enjoy many of the benefits that any Canadian has. However, an individual with a PR status might lose his or her permanent residency in Canada in some instances. If you are concerned about what can make you lose your permanent residency in Canada, read on to know more.
Reasons You Can Lose Your PR Status
The following conditions make you lose your permanent residence card in Canada:
- As and when an individual gets Canadian citizenship.
- On violating the mandated permanent residency obligations, the compulsory stay in Canada of 730 days or 2 years out of every five years. You must not forget to apply for the Permanent Residence Travel Document or PTRD in case you leave the country during this period.
- In case of being sent to some other part of the globe by a Canadian employer or the “federal public administration/public service of a province”
- They are outside with a Canadian citizen who is related to him or her through blood or marital status.
- They fall under the rules coming under the “other means of compliance”
- An individual is being declared inadmissible due to security issues, so he or she loses the status due to a removal order. You may also be removed through an inquiry or if your PTRD gets refused.
- A person might be released from the protection of the Refugee Protection Act. So those receiving the permanent residence card through refugee claims might lose it if they are vacated from the act. Following are some instances in which the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) relaxes the act:
- On having acquired their nationality or some other new nationality
- On re-establishing in the country that they left for Canada
- Having got rid of the reasons that made them eligible for protection
An individual removed from the permanent resident status will continue to hold the status of a temporary resident of Canada for six months after the removal. However, you must be present on the day of approval of the application for temporary residence. You won’t receive the temporary status if you give it up at the Canadian port of entry.
What to Do After Losing PR Status?
The permanent resident status is not lost through expiration but through an official procedure. The first thing to do is apply for temporary citizen status to continue to live in the country. However, there are several ways to regain your permanent residence status once you lose it. The following are some of the primary ways to start with:
- You may start by enquiring into the problems of losing it. Look into the inadmissibility problem, be it some criminal offense or another issue that caused the release of the official order, and then resolve it.
- You will also have to make an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) for regaining your status as a permanent resident.
- There is also the provision of Humanitarian consideration. You must fill in the H&C request even if you do not confirm the obligations during filling PRTD or at an IAD hearing. However, this becomes applicable only in certain situations and is quite complicated.
- The ultimate way is to apply for immigration to Canada once again. You may do so using the spousal sponsorship or some other form, like economic immigration, of the student permit.
The best way of regaining the PR status will depend on why you lost your permanent residence status in the first place. You may even seek support and guidance from an immigration lawyer to better understand your situation and solve the problems. Therefore, it is not often that permanent residence is lost except in extreme cases, and revival of it is not much difficult either. So get an understanding of the situation and work accordingly.