Becoming a Permanent Resident
Canada is a land of opportunity and thousands of people seek to become permanent residents and get their PR card every single year. In fact, Canada has been increasing the number of successful applicants each year. The Canadian government plans to invite 351,000 individuals to become permanent residents in 2021 and that number continues to grow!
Canada Permanent Residence
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.
Determine if You're Eligible for a Permanent Resident Status
Calculate your score in the CRS system for Express Entry. Add all the point that you may obtain through examining the categories of age, level of education, official language proficiency, second official language, and canadian work experience. Furthermore, applicants need to be able to prove that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their family, unless they can already legally work in or have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
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:
- level of education
- official language proficiency
- second official language
- Canadian work experience
Benefits of Becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident
There are many benefits when becoming a citizen that many foreign nationals look forward to when beginning a new life in Canada. Some of these benefits include:
Canadian politics – Citizens in Canada have a bigger voice and are able to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections. Citizens also have the freedom to run for office and become involved in political activities, meaning they have a say in who runs the various levels of government that exist in Canada.
High-level jobs – Citizens have the ability to apply for higher-level federal jobs that often pay very well and come with benefits.
Dual citizenship – As a Canadian citizen, you are not required to choose Canada as your primary home country. If applicable, you may apply for dual citizenship.
Family – Where a child is born in Canada, they are automatically considered a Canadian citizen. This allows you to start a better life for any future children without them going through an immigration acceptance process.
Taxes – If you become a Canadian citizen and decide to live elsewhere, you may not be required to pay Canadian taxes as they are based on residency as opposed to citizenship.
Canada PR Period of Stay
The PR Card is normally issued for 5 years and can be renewed. To keep your permanent resident status you must stay in Canada for 730 days within those 5 years.
5 Main Categories for Canadian Permanent Residents
Express Entry program manages applications for permanent residence for immigrants who can fill jobs where there is a lack of available skilled Canadian workers through certain economic immigration programs. To determine your crs score, use our crs score calculator linked below.
Canada’s Business Immigration Program is a path to invest and find employment in Canada for those immigrants and newcomers who have experience in owning, managing, or investing in businesses.
Family Class Immigration
Family sponsorship is a way to reunite families in Canada. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their family members to immigrate to Canada through several sponsorship programs.
Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program aimed to help temporary foreign workers and foreign students to apply their work experience and education towards their applications for residency.
Provincial Nominee Program
The Provincial Nominee Program or PNP is a program for workers who have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific Canadian province or Territory. Each province and territory has its own streams and programs that target students, business people, skilled workers, and semi-skilled workers.
How to Become a Permanent Resident in Canada
The requirements and process steps are different depending on which route you take so it’s important to learn more and think about speaking with an immigration professional. Once you’ve been accepted or invited to become a Canadian permanent resident, you will be given a PR Card.
Receiving a Canadian PR Card
Your permanent resident card can be used to show that you have PR status in Canada. If you travel outside Canada, you will need to show your card and your passport when you come back on a commercial vehicle, like an airplane, boat, train, or bus. Those traveling outside Canada who do not have a valid PR card, or who are not carrying it, need to apply for a permanent resident travel document before returning to Canada by a commercial vehicle.
A PR card is usually issued for five years, but can sometimes be issued for one year instead. It is valid until the expiry date listed on the card. Canada only sends PR cards to addresses within the country. In some cases, you may have to pick up your card in person at one of the Canadian government offices.
If you find a mistake on your PR card you can ask for it to be reissued. Sometimes we shorten a name on the card if it is too long to fit. This is not a mistake. Find out how to fix a mistake on your PR card.
Adjusting Temporary Status to PR
Whether you are in Canada temporarily to live, work, or study, you are given the option to adjust your status to permanent residency.
Work Permit – Applying for permanent residency through a work permit is very common and can be done through:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Study Permit – As an international student in Canada looking for permanent residency, you have very similar options to those with a work permit. The best way to successfully obtain permanent residency with a study permit in Canada is to apply for the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) program and then applying for permanent residency.
Visitor Visa – It’s very rare to successfully adjust your temporary status to permanent residency with a tourist/visitor visa but there are some exceptions. Usually, the only way to do this is to qualify for as a refugee or have a partner that is a Canadian citizen.