How to Get PR in Canada: About the PR Process

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.

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If you’re travelling by air, you need to follow all airline requirements and pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.

Only people who provide essential services, for example, truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods, are exempt from the quarantine requirements.

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What is a Canadian Permanent Resident?

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

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.

How to Become a Canadian Permanent Resident: The Canada PR Process

How to Get Canadian Permanent Resident

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

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?

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.

Update on Coronavirus and Permanent Residency

Permanent resident applications are still being accepted but there may be delays to the processing time due to the Coronavirus outbreak. As announced, there are travel restrictions in place. However, no application in progress will be closed or refused due to a lack of documentation or inability to complete the application process in time, such as giving biometrics or completing an immigration medical exam, when travel reopens.

You are able to come to Canada if your permanent resident application was approved on or before March 18, 2020. This is only if you have not yet had any symptoms of COVID-19.

If you are a Canadian permanent resident who is traveling back to Canada by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

When you arrive in Canada your health will be assessed before you leave the port of entry. You must isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms. This is mandatory.
Only people who provide essential services and truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods are exempt from the isolation requirements.

Thousands Get 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.

Number of Immigrants Receiving Canadian PR Each Year

Canada plans on welcoming more than one million new permanent residents over the next three years.

Learn more about Canada’s Multi-Year Plan on Immigration 2020-2022.

2018

320,000

2019

341,000

2020

341,000

2021

351,000

2022

361,000

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:

Express Entry program manages applications for permanent residence for immigrants who can fill jobs where there is a lack of available skilled Canadian workers  through certain economic immigration programs. To determine your crs score, use our crs score calculator linked below.

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Canada’s Business Immigration Program is a path to invest and find employment in Canada for those immigrants and newcomers who have experience in owning, managing, or investing in businesses. 

Canadian Business Immigration

Start Up Visa

Self-Employed Program

Family sponsorship is a way to reunite families in Canada. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their family members to immigrate to Canada through several sponsorship programs.

Family Class Sponsorship

Spousal Sponsorship

Grandparent Sponsorship

Parent Sponsorship

Children Sponsorship

Sibling Sponsorship

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program aimed to help temporary foreign workers and foreign students to apply their work experience and education towards their applications for residency. 

Canadian Experience Class

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Top Questions About the Canadian Experience Class

The Provincial Nominee Program or PNP is a program for workers who have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific Canadian province or Territory. Each province and territory has its own streams and programs that target students, business people, skilled workers, and semi-skilled workers.

Provincial Nominee Program

Latest PNP Draws

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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.

Becoming a Canadian Citizen Benefits

There are many benefits when becoming a citizen that many foreign nationals look forward to when beginning a new life in Canada. Some of these benefits include: 

  • Canadian politics – Citizens  in Canada have a bigger voice and are able to vote in federal, provincial and municipal elections. Citizens also have the freedom to run for office and become involved in political activities, meaning they have a say in who runs the various levels of government that exist in Canada. 
  • High-level jobs – Citizens have the ability to apply for higher-level federal jobs that often pay very well and come with benefits.
  • Dual citizenship –  As a Canadian citizen, you are not required to choose Canada as your primary home country. If applicable, you may apply for dual citizenship.
  • Family – Where a child is born in Canada, they are automatically considered a Canadian citizen. This allows you to start a better life for any future children without them going through an immigration acceptation process.
  • Taxes –  If you become a Canadian citizen and decide to live elsewhere, you may not be required to pay Canadian taxes as they are based off residency opposed to citizenship.

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:

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. Many temporary resident change their status to permanent presidency. It is therefore essential that if you are considering applying for Canadian permanent residence, you get professional immigration help throughout the Canada PR process. The last thing you want is to be told your application is refused after months (or sometimes years) of waiting.

Learn more about adjusting your temporary status to Canada PR!

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