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PERMANENT RESIDENCY

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Permanent Residency

‘Permanent Resident’ (PR) is a status given by the Government of Canada to the citizens of other countries. As per section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, a Permanent Resident can be defined as a person who has acquired such a status and has not subsequently lost it as per section 46 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. As the name suggests, it gives a permanent status to a person immigrating to Canada under this option. The Canada PR process can be a complex one and comprises of several options besides Express Entry. Eligibility for PR in Canada needs to be ascertained as per the Canadian immigration laws and operational procedures.
 
A PR card is an official proof of permanent resident status in Canada and there are certain requirements to obtain and maintain PR status. A permanent resident can apply for the citizenship, live, work or study anywhere in Canada, is protected under the Canadian law and can avail many special benefits including health care. Permanent residents are liable to pay taxes and abide by the Canadian laws at all levels. However, they are not allowed to cast vote, run for political office and hold jobs which require a high-level security clearance. Any person who is in Canada temporarily for study, work or visiting is not considered a permanent resident of Canada until he/she initiates the Canada PR Process and is granted that status.
 
There are many immigration programs for Canada, some of which are under express entry like Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. The Government of Canada holds express entry draws every month for eligible candidates to apply for Permanent Residency. As per section 75(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, a Federal Skilled Worker class is considered as a class of persons who are skilled workers and who may qualify for permanent residence on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada and they must intend to reside in a province other than the Province of Quebec. These criteria are as important as the other parameters included in checking eligibility for PR in Canada, to attain a successful outcome at the end of the Canada PR process. Other immigration programs include Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec Skilled Workers Program, Self-employed program etc. There are more than fifty immigration programs at the Federal and provincial levels with specific requirements for each and our RCIC is trained and qualified to assess a candidate’s profile under each of these different immigration programs and find the most suitable program that ensures a candidate’s eligibility for PR in Canada.
 
The Canada PR process includes a number of steps such as determining the eligibility for PR in Canada (for instance, as per section 75(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations for skilled workers), completing the online Permanent Residency application, getting an invitation to apply based on the draws, submitting relevant documentation and getting the Permanent residency visa. The Canada PR process can be very confusing and time-consuming but our qualified licensed immigration consultant is always up-to-date with the latest Canadian immigration laws and policies and can guide you in the right manner increasing your chances of immigrating to Canada. We check the candidate’s eligibility for PR in Canada, and suggest the program accordingly, even if the program is not aligned with express entry. If there is a way, we will find it for you! Our RCIC is well-versed with the dynamic laws and policies to assist you with your Canada PR process ensuring that you get through it with ease and accuracy.