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