How to Get Permanent Residence in Canada

Would you like to have permanent residence in Canada? The Canada PR process requires determining your eligibility for permanent residence, meeting requirements, and completing the PR application.

Permanent Residence Key Topics

What is a Canadian Permanent Resident?

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.

How Permanent Residency Works

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.

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How to Obtain a Permanent Resident Visa

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

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Determine if You’re Eligible for a Permanent Resident status

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.

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Who Can Apply for Permanent Resident Status?

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.

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Thousands Receive Permanent Residence in Canada Annually

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.

Canadian Immigration Categories

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. 

5 main categories for Canadian Permanent Residence:

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The Permanent Resident (PR) Card​

Your PR card can be used to show that you have permanent resident status in Canada. If you travel outside Canada, you will need to show your card and your passport when you come back on a commercial vehicle, like an airplane, boat, train or bus. PRs traveling outside Canada who do not have a valid PR card, or who are not carrying it, need to apply for a permanent resident travel document before returning to Canada by commercial vehicle.

What To Do Before You Apply for a PR

A PR card is usually issued for five years, but can sometimes be issued for one year instead. It is valid until the expiry date listed on the card. Canada only sends PR cards to addresses within the country. In some cases, you may have to pick up your card in person at one of the Canadian government offices.

If you find a mistake on your PR card you can ask for it to be reissued. Sometimes we shorten a name on the card if it is too long to fit. This is not a mistake. Find out how to fix a mistake on your PR card.

How You Can Lose Your Permanent Resident Status:

  • An adjudicator determines you are no longer a permanent resident after an inquiry or PRTD appeal;
  • you voluntarily renounce your permanent resident status;
  • a removal order is made against you and comes into force; or
  • you become a Canadian citizen.

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.

Applying for Permanent Residence in Canada Can Be Difficult

The permanent residence application process can be very complex, time consuming and difficult. It is therefore essential that if you are considering applying for Canadian permanent residence, you get professional immigration help. The last thing you want is to be told your application is refused after months (or sometimes years) of waiting.

We have over 15 years of experience and have helped thousands and thousands of people immigrate to the Canada, and we are certain we can help you too! We look forward to helping you accomplish your immigration goals!