CITIZENSHIP FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
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.
As a permanent resident, you and your dependants have:
- The Right to receive most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage.
- The Right to live, work or study anywhere in Canada.
- The Right to apply for Canadian citizenship after a period of residence.
- Protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- As a permanent resident, you also must pay taxes, and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
How Do I Become a Permanent Resident of Canada?
There are a number of ways to obtain a Canadian PR. You should think about it in terms of “immigration categories”. Each category represents a legal means to obtain permanent resident status. Five main categories for Canadian Permanent Residence are:
- Express Entry Category
- Business Immigration
- Family Class Immigration
- Canadian Experience Class
- Provincial Nominee Programs
What Are Your Obligations?
Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that permanent residents of Canada hold a valid permanent resident card if you wish to travel outside of Canada. You will need to meet the permanent residency requirements and renew your permanent residence card every five years. Permanent residents who do not meet their residency obligations could lose permanent resident status.
To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:
- be a permanent resident
- have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
- have filed your taxes, if you need to
- show how well you know Canada
- prove your language skills
Permanent resident status
Regardless of your age, if you’re applying for citizenship, you must have permanent resident (PR) status in Canada.This means you must not:
- be under review for immigration or fraud reasons
- be asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada (removal order)
- have unfulfilled conditions related to your PR status, for example: medical screening
Before applying for citizenship, you should review the documents you received when you became a permanent resident to make sure you’ve met all of your terms and conditions.
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