Permanent residency in Canada is a status granting someone who is not a Canadian citizen the right to live and work in Canada without any time limit on their stay. To become a permanent resident a foreign national must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada, under one of several programs. One of the main benefits of permanent residency is the conferred right of abode in Canada.
Permanent residents may apply for Canadian citizenship after living in Canada for a certain amount of time. Currently, a person must have been living in Canada as a permanent resident for three years (1095 days) out of the five years preceding their application (with up to one year of the time before becoming a permanent resident included).They also have the right to sponsor relatives for permanent residence, subject to fulfilling residence criteria and assurance of support requirements.
A permanent resident holds many of the same rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen, including the right to live, work (subject to some restrictions), and study in any province or territory of Canada. Permanent residents participate in many of the same social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including becoming contributing members of the Canada Pension Plan and receiving coverage by their province or territory’s universal health care system. All permanent residents may avail themselves of the rights, freedoms, and protections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, other than those exclusively granted to citizens.
Work and study experience in Canada can be applied towards qualifying for Canadian permanent residency. In fact, finding a job in Canada will significantly increase your chances of qualifying for Canadian immigration. Contact us for more information about how you can use your job offer in Canada to qualify for Canadian immigration, or explore the general Canadian immigration categories listed below.
Permanent Status – Canadian Immigration Categories:
- Federal Skilled Worker
- Provincial Nominee Program
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Class
- Family Class
- Business Investor
- Business Entrepreneur
- Business Self-Employed
- Quebec Immigration