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.
There are several programs to apply and become Permanent Resident. Every program has its characteristics and objectives. A person can meet the requirements of several programs, or simply do not meet any. Some programs are based on educational level, work experience and languages. Others look for people with specific abilities or experiences. Others seek to attract people with the ability to invest in Canada or to create new jobs.
The process is long and complex. Without the help of a specialist the experience can be frustrating.
What permanent residents can do:
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.
We can help you to examine if you meet the requirements for any of the programs and advise and represent you during the entire process. We can also help you extend your permanent resident card if it is near expiring.