Category: Permanent Residence

The permanent residence status is conferred by Immigration Canada to foreign nationals who comply with the conditions imposed by the government to be so. A permanent resident (PR) is not a Canadian citizen.

Permanent residents:

  • Enjoy most the social benefits granted to Canadian citizens, including health care coverage,
  • Are able to live, work or study anywhere in Canada,
  • Can apply for Canadian citizenship,
  • Are protected under Canadian Law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
  • Are obliged to pay taxes and have to respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels,
  • Cannot vote or run for any political office,
  • Hold a job that need a high-level security clearance,
  • Need to live in Canada two years in a five-year period.

There are three different set of programs that will allow a person to obtain a permanent residence. You can obtain permanent residence as being part of:

  1. The economic Class – Express entry
  2. Non-economic Class