Each year, thousands of permanent residents discover they cannot
return to Canada after substantial time away and face losing their
permanent status because of an invalid "Maple Leaf Card,"
the Ottawa-issued Canadian Permanent Residence card.
According to government figures, in 2013 alone, 19,503 permanent
residents had to apply for a one-time travel document to return to
Canada after being away. But only 13,211, or 70 per cent (down from
76 per cent in 2012) were approved. Some 5,550 were refused and the
rest were withdrawn.
The federal government introduced the Maple Leaf Card in 2002 to
replace the old landing document as a means of enforcing residency
requirements for immigrants. Permanent residents must carry the ID
when they travel if they want to be readmitted to Canada. A PR card
does not create or maintain one's status as a permanent
resident per say. It merely serves as proof of that status.
The wallet-sized plastic card expires every five years, and
cardholders must apply for new cards until they become Canadian
Citizens. But to maintain permanent residence one must live in
Canada for at least two years within a five-year period to qualify
for renewal. Canadian permanent residents travelling abroad without
first renewing their card can end up in trouble.
Section 28(2)(a) of Immigration and Refugee Protection
Act (IRPA) requires a permanent resident to be physically
present in Canada for a total of at least 730 days in every
five-year period. This is a moving time frame which Canadian
permanent residents must respect on an ongoing basis.
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