On my way back from Sweden in November, the border agent told me I should change my Permanent Resident Card (PRC) because it is expiring in December. This coincied with the fact I was already a resident in Canada for the past five years.
So, instead of celebrating an anniversary, I realise the procedure takes for ever, and I risk having papers problems for months and months before I get legal again. So, what's it all about? One of the things is that the renovation procedure takes... 4 months! Yes, you heard well. A simple card, which at other institutions takes 10 minutes to check, photograph you, and print, it takes 4 months to Canadian Government. And yet, the procedure is way too complcated that it has to be.