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Lengthy Delays for Permanent Residence Card Renewals

Background: Anecdotal evidence (http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/permanent-residence-card-delays-leave-thousands-without-id) suggest that potentially thousands of Permanent Residents are experiencing significant delays of between 3 months to 2 years in the processing of applications to renew their Permanent Residents (PR) cards.

Impact: Permanent Residents of Canada are required to have a valid PR card to enter Canada via a commercial carrier (airline, bus, train). If a Permanent Resident does not have a valid card he/she must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) at a visa office when they are outside Canada.

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