What is a Canadian Permanent Resident?
A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.
How Permanent Residency Works
As a permanent resident, you have the right to:
1 Get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage
2 live, work or study anywhere in Canada
3 apply for Canadian citizenship
4 protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
You must pay taxes and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. You are not allowed to:
1 vote or run for political office
2 hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance.
*How to Become a Canadian Permanent Resident*
In order to initiate the Canada PR process, contact the nearest consulate, high commission or an embassy of Canada. At the basic level, obtaining a permanent resident visa requires the individual to:
1 Provide a medical certificate and criminal record check
2 Fill in and submit a permanent resident visa application
3 Pay the application fee
4 Attend interviews with immigration representatives
In addition, and depending on the nature and category of your application, the following may or may not be required:
1 Originals, copies and official translations of documents that support the application including educational degrees, diplomas, and certificates, personal identification documents and/or sponsor letters and relevant information
2 Sufficient funds to support the applicant during the initial time in Canada
3 Skills assessment test
4 Proof of refugee status
5 Language test(s) results
6 Additional fees
7 Other documentation or tests
Who Can Apply for Permanent Resident Status?
Anyone is allowed to apply for permanent residency in Canada but only qualified individuals will be accepted. To find if you are eligible for permanent residency you will be examined by your age, level of education, official language proficiency, second official language and Canadian work experience.
Thousands Receive Permanent Residence in Canada Annually
Canada is a land of opportunity and thousands and thousands of people get their PR card status in Canada every single year. If fact, Canada has been increasing the numbers of successful applicants to over 280,000 people per year, and you have equal opportunity just like those people.
As a permanent resident, you receive great opportunities and benefits in Canada. Having a PR card allows you to live, work and study in Canada on a permanent basis. The PR Card is normally issued for 5 years and can be renewed.