Canada Permanent Residency

A Canadian pr is an individual who has been given the status of permanent resident by immigrating to Canada. A permanent resident is not synonymous to Candadian Citizen; rather, all permanent residents are citizens of other countries. Permanent residents must meet certain requirements like the residency obligation in order to maintain permanent resident status.

  • Permanent Residence Cards

  • Residency Requirements

  • Canadian Citizenship

Benefits of Canadian PR
  • Access to Canadian healthcare and social services.

  • The right to live

  • work

  • and study anywhere within Canada.

  • Protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

  • The ability to leave and enter Canada’s borders using their Canadian permanent resident card

  • or permanent resident travel documents (PRTD).

  • The ability to apply for Canadian citizenship after requirements are met.

There are multiple immigration routes that can enable a person to become a Canadian permanent resident. Economic immigration, business immigration, sponsorship, and refugee/humanitarian programs offer different options for becoming a permanent resident in Canada.

Permanent Residence Cards

Once a person is approved for Canadian permanent residence, they are eligible to apply for a Canadian permanent resident card (PR card). This card confirms a person’s PR status in Canada and can be used to travel in and out of the country. Applications for permanent resident cards are submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Permanent Residence Card Renewal

Most permanent resident cards are valid for five years, though occasionally PR cards are only valid for one year. Permanent residents are encouraged to keep track of their expiration date and apply to renew their Canadian permanent resident card within six months of their card expiring.

Permanent Resident Travel Document

If a permanent resident is outside of Canada and wishing to enter Canada they may apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD) if they do not have a valid PR card. The PRTD is usually valid for a single entry to Canada, allowing the permanent resident to enter the country before applying for a PR card, or PR card renewal.

Residency Requirements

For an individual to sustain their Permanent Resident Status in Canada, they must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days within a five-year period, or fall under one or more exceptions

Renouncing Permanent Resident Status

PR card expiry does not deem loss of Permanent Resident Status. Renouncing one’s permanent resident status requires a person to submit an application to give up their status.