UNDERSTANDING YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS IN CANADA

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS IN CANADA

 

You become a permanent resident in Canada when you acquire the permanent residency status by immigrating to Canada. But you must understand you are not a Canadian citizen yet. Permanent residents still belong to, or own citizenship of other countries.

If you are a student or a temporary worker, you are not a permanent resident. You can apply for permanent residency after you are eligible for the same.

 

THE PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD

One you have acquired a PR Card, you have evidence of the same while you are travelling outside Canada. To re-enter Canada, you have to provide this PR Card to board any commercial transport like airplanes, boats, busses or trains.

In case you card expires, you can still do the following –

  • You are eligible to social benefits like any other Canadian citizens (inclusive of health care coverage)
  • You can live, work or study in Canada
  • You can re-apply for Canadian citizenship
  • You can avail protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

It is important that you pay taxes and follow all the Canadian laws at all – federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Here are a few things rights you are not eligible for as a permanent resident.

  • You cannot vote or run for political office of any kind
  • You cannot hold some jobs with high-level security clearance

 

REFUGEES SETTLED IN CANADA

For refugees of other nationality who have resettled in Canada can acquire permanent residency status through the Government Assisted Refugee Program or the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

As a refugee, if you make a refugee claim while in Canada, you do not become a permanent resident immediately. To be eligible, the Immigration and Refugee Board should approve your refugee claim. Once approved, you can apply for permanent residency status.

 

YOUR STAY IN CANADA

As a permanent resident, you can also live outside Canada after you have spent a time period of 5 years in Canada. In case you live outside Canada for too long, you can lose your permanent residency status.

 

GIVING UP YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS

Living outside Canada for too long may not lose your permanent residency immediately. To give up your permanent residency status, you have to go through the official process to give up your PR status.

 

You may lose your permanent resident status in the following cases

  • An adjudicator declares or determines that you are no longer a permanent resident following an inquiry
  • The visa officer declares that you do not meet the requirements for the residency you applied for
  • You voluntarily give up your permanent residency

 

You may lose your permanent resident status in the following cases:

  • You live in Canada for only three out of five years
  • You are convicted of a serious crime and told to leave Canada
  • You become a Canadian citizen

 

Want to know your eligibility for Canada Permanent Residency? Simply filling in this FREE VISA ASSESSMENT form and let our experts assist you.

 

 

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