Five ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada

Permanent residents are not Canadian citizens, but they receive many, many different benefits that temporary residents in Canada do not receive. Some examples include government services, being able to live anywhere in the country and being able to re-enter Canada as many times as they wish. Become a Permanent Resident of Canada 2

While permanent residence in Canada is a very sought-after position, it is not easy to obtain. This kind of permanent immigration process can take many months or years, and it must be done properly. There are several different ways you can become a permanent resident in Canada.

How to become a permanent resident in Canada

1. Provincial Nominee Programs. Provincial Nominee Programs allow different Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals to live and work in the province or territory.

2. Business Immigration. If you are self-employed, an entrepreneur or you have enough capital to make an investment in Canada, you could obtain permanent residency.

3. Canadian Experience Class. Individuals who are in Canada on work or study permits can use their experience in Canada as an advantage when applying for permanent residency. They must have the relevant work experience and language abilities.

4. Skilled Worker Category. Skilled workers with a certain amount of work experience, language ability, education and other credentials can apply for permanent residency under the Skilled Worker Program.

5. Family Class Immigration. Your spouse or close family members can apply to sponsor you to Canada if they are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Do you want to move to Canada and become a permanent resident? We can help you! Permanent residence applications are not something that can be taken lightly, and it’s very wise to ask for assistance and have a professional review your application package and supporting documents. You can give us a call at the telephone number above, or you can contact us via e-mail using the form on the right.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

2 thoughts on “Five ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada

  1. Gwen Amie

    My sister is marrying a Canadian citizen. They are planning to live in Canada. How does the process begin for her to become a permanent resident and how long can she be a temporary residence.

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Gwen. Your sister and her partner can apply for spousal sponsorship as soon as they are married. There are two types of spousal sponsorship. Outside sponsorship takes approximately 18 months until your sister becomes a permanent resident of Canada, it allows your sister to travel in and out of the country, but it does not allow your sister to work in Canada during that time, until she obtains the permanent residency. Inside sponsorship takes approximately 25 months, your sister will have to stay in Canada for that entire period, and she will receive an open work permit that will allow her to work in Canada.
      Regards, Vahe


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