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.
As a permanent resident, you have the right to:
- get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage,
- live, work or study anywhere in Canada,
- apply for Canadian citizenship,
- 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:
- vote or run for political office,
- hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance.
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:
- Provide a medical certificate and criminal record check
- Fill in and submit a permanent resident visa application
- Pay the application fee
- 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:
- 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
- Sufficient funds to support the applicant during the initial time in Canada
- Skills assessment test
- Proof of refugee status
- Language test(s) results
- Additional fees
- Other documentation or tests
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.Learn More
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.Learn More