Canadian Permanent Residence
There are Many Paths to Obtain Status as a Permanent Resident. Immigration Pros can Help You See if You Qualify.
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What is a Canadian Permanent Resident?
Permanent residents are people who have been given permanent resident status by immigration Canada but are not citizens. As a permanent resident, individuals can get most social benefits received by citizens including health care coverage, live, work or study anywhere in Canada, apply for Canadian citizenship and receive protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Permanent residents cannot run for political office or vote in elections. They also will not be allowed to work in some positions that require high level security clearances.
Eligibility for a Permanent Resident Status
One of the most common routes to permanent residency is the Express Entry stream. The Express Entry program makes use of a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank and filter candidates based on skills, education, language ability, work experience, and a variety of other factors. The maximum obtainable score is 1200 and generally, the minimum score is around 450.
Canada Permanent Residence Requirements
To apply for Express Entry and obtain a sufficient score, a candidate should:
Additional points can be gained if the candidate has family living in Canada that is willing to help them adapt to Canadian life or if the candidate’s spouse or partner is willing to migrate with them. A further ten points is awarded to candidates with a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.
The road to Permanent Residence
The Canadian government has created many different paths that allow foreign nationals to obtain permanent residence, providing great opportunities for those who wish to immigrate to Canada and promote economic growth in the country.
As there are many different ways of obtaining permanent residence, the processing time will vary considerably with every unique application. Once an application is submitted, an estimated waiting time will be displayed letting candidates know when they can expect an answer.
Finding the right program
Family Sponsorship Programs
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor qualifying family members so they can live, work and study in Canada.
Learn more about who qualifies for family sponsorship.
Express Entry Programs
Express Entry is a complex program that provides different streams that lead to permanent residence to fulfill different job shortages throughout the provinces and territories. Learn more about different Express Entry streams.
Economic Growth Programs
These economic programs target foreign workers with experience in a particular industry where job shortages must be diminished.
Permanent Residence Card Renewal
If your PR card expires in less than 9 months, you can apply for a new one which will most likely be valid for 5 years. You can only renew your PR card while in Canada. If you are outside of Canada and your PR card expires, you will need to apply for a permanent residence travel document (PRTD) through a visa application centre. You will not be able to travel to Canada without a PRTD and once you are back you will need to renew your PR card.
Become a Permanent Resident with the help of Immigration Pros
It can be overwhelming and confusing to see all the available options and to choose the correct one for you. Applying for the wrong program can lead to delays and refusals which can be quite costly and time consuming.
Working with an immigration consultant makes the process clear and straightforward. We will explain the options available to you with consideration to your background, family position, and other relevant factors. By working with professionals, you minimise your risk of delays and refusals and increase your chances of a positive answer.
Our team of regulated immigration consultants is licensed by CICC and authorised by IRCC.
Fees for Permanent Residence processes can vary from:
CA$2,190 - CA$4,500.
About the Process
Call or fill out our contact form for a free assessment. Our team of professionals will evaluate your case and provide you with professional feedback on your chances of success along with a quote.
Our team of professionals will work with you to create a tailor-made strategy that is likely to result in a successful Permanent Residence process.
We will review your supporting documents thoroughly and work towards building a strong case.
In order to make this an easy and stress-free process, we will handle all communication with the government on your behalf while we await for a decision, keeping you informed every step of the way.
Once a decision has been made, our team will advise you on the next necessary steps to prepare for your arrival to Canada.
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No! While the two are similar and you will have all the rights and privileges of a Canadian citizen, you will not be allowed to vote, run for office, or work in some positions that require high security clearances. You will be able to apply for citizenship if you wish.
Yes, under some circumstances your permanent residence can be revoked. You may lose your PR status if:
- You become a citizen
- You renounce your PR status
- You commit a serious offence as a PR – You may then have to leave Canada permanently
- You become inadmissible to Canada
- You have not been in Canada for 730 days in the last 5 years.
Beware of ghost immigration consultants. Only Certified Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Consultant members in good standing with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) can offer consultation services for immigration, refugees and Canadian citizenship applications.