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Your Permanent Resident Card and You

With Canada as an ideal country to move to – with its low unemployment rate and high quality of life – many people are interested in the permanent residency.

The permanent resident status is not – in fact – a different term for Canadian citizenship.

So what is it? How do you get it?

This article will answer your questions about the permanent resident card.

 

What is the Permanent Resident Status?

Some people have asked us about something called “landed immigrant”.  That was originally the term for “permanent resident”.

Anyone who applies for Canadian citizenship, must first become a Canadian permanent resident.  A permanent resident, however, doesn’t have to apply for citizenship.

In simple terms, a permanent resident is not a Canadian citizen.  They are citizens of other nationalities who wish to reside and work legally in Canada.

A permanent residency is – as its name suggests – permanent.  There is no time limit on a permanent resident’s stay in Canada.

A permanent resident may choose to keep this status indefinitely, and never apply for citizenship.

Why would someone choose to remain a permanent resident and not become a full citizen?

Well, what if you’re a citizen of another nationality which doesn’t allow adding an additional citizenship?

It’s also useful for people who applied for citizenship but failed to fulfill their obligations – they still get to have the dream life in Canada with nearly full benefits.

 

Is Permanent Residency in Canada a Canadian Citizenship?

How is the permanent resident status different from a full Canadian citizenship?

Otherwise put: why would you want to be a citizen, when you can settle for a permanent residency?

The answer to this question is surprisingly – there’s almost no difference at all!

As a permanent resident, you enjoy nearly all the same rights and benefits that Canadian citizens do.

You would get health care coverage and other social benefits as Canadian citizens do.

You can reside, work and study anywhere in Canada, apply for Canadian citizenship, and have the full protection of Canadian law as citizens do.

There are few things you wouldn’t be able to do;  You wouldn’t be able to hold some of the nation’s positions that require high-level security clearance.

When travelling, you’d have to use your valid passport along with the permanent resident card when re-entering Canadian territory.

Most importantly, you will not have the right to vote or run for office.

 

So don’t expect to be the next Trudeau!

A Little Tip

Time you spend outside Canada can also count as time spent inside Canada in some cases, and so not cause your permanent residency time to lapse.

Here are ways to travel outside of Canada and have it count as time inside Canada:

Time spent outside Canada may also count towards the two years if you are:

  • Travelling with your spouse who is a Canadian citizen,
  • A dependent child travelling with a parent who is a Canadian citizen,
  • The employee of a business based in Canada.

It may also count as time spent in Canada if you are:

  • Travelling with your spouse who is a permanent resident and works full-time for:
    • a Canadian business, or
    • the public service of Canada or a province,
  • A child travelling a parent who is a permanent resident and who works full-time for:
  • a Canadian business, or
  • the public service of Canada or a province.
  • The employee of the public service of Canada or a province and you are on a full-time assignment to:
    • a position outside Canada,
    • a partner business outside Canada, or
    • a client of the Canadian business or the public service outside Canada.

This is why you are encouraged when travelling to fill out a travel journal.

Documenting your travels outside of Canada will help keep your permanent residency from expiring as well as facilitate in the citizenship process, should you choose to apply.

The details required for your travel journal:

  • The date you exited Canada and the date you re-entered to Canada, even if it’s the same day
  • Countries you visited
  • Why you left – give examples like vacation, work, family, etc.
  • Include any day trips (less than 24 hours), including to the United States
  • When the journal is full, keep it safe and print a new copy.

 

who doesn’t love journaling

 

A Way Out

The Canadian government may revoke a permanent residency, and you may voluntarily renounce your permanent resident status.

Why would you renounce your permanent residency?

As a permanent resident, you may live outside of Canada, but you’re obligated to live in Canada for a minimum period of 2 years in a span of 5 years.

If you stay outside of Canada longer, your minimum permanent residency time will lapse and your permanent residency will expire.

An expired status does not mean a revoked status in this case.

A permanent resident whose time expired retains the permanent resident status, but may not enter Canada until their permanent residency is processed.

The renewal process currently takes approximately 100 days from the time of application.

For someone who urgently need to re-enter Canada renouncing the permanent residency in exchange for a tourist visa would help expedite their entrance.

Additionally, losing the permanent resident status will happen if one of these actions are taken:

  • An adjudicator determines the permanent resident is no longer a permanent resident after an inquiry or PRTD appeal;
  • The permanent resident voluntarily renounces their permanent resident status through due process;
  • A removal order is made against the permanent resident and comes into force; or
  • The permanent resident becomes a Canadian citizen.


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I am Kush Bajagai ,
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I am a 50 year old widow . I am a qualified Horticulturist and has been looking after a Estate called Woodbridge Island Milnerton Cape Town South Africa. (29 years) I have an daughter whom is studying to become a Chartered Accountant. She also has a friend busy studying for a C.A. He would also like to know more about relocating to Canada.

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Caesar Manzombi Kikwanzadi

It will be great for me and Family to become Permanent Residents in Canada. My kids are small, a 9 years old boy, a 6 years old Girl and of course my lovely wife. We are bilingual and a very happy family

Cela sera une chose vraiment formidable que nous puissions devenir Residants permanents du Canada. Mes enfants sont encore petits, Mon fils a 9 ans, ma fille a 6 ans et bien-sur, ma belle femme. Nous sommes bilingues et une heureuse famille.

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Lisabel Menchero Vincench

Good morning!!Thank You for send this information,is really helpfull.But I have some question that maybe you can help whith.Iam a cuban citizen, about two months ago living in Uruguay,I still not have the Uruguayan ID,and it is my desire to move Canada for work,give my knowelech to the country and make my live there.Iam a Economist whith University degree,but I dont know how to start the process,and which options will be better in my case.My salary is low and all this requirements are expensive,like IELTS,ETA,and other.Can You give me some orientation about what can I do?Thank you for you time ,and weiting for your help.
Lisabel

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    Violet Mitchell

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HOSSEIN SOBATI

Hi
Wish to obtain residency status for my brother age 67
His wife 63 their 3 children aged above 35
And 2 grand children
They are Iranian
Please contact me if you can help
My tel:
Kind regards.

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isma Hamid

need complete information for all the process

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    Violet Mitchell

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Mohammed already hamed ahmed

I need to be after in my religion and studies please help me

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HOUNTONDJI Samson Delgado

Bonjour
Je suis intéressé par l’immigration au Canada et j’aimerais connaître les conditions et comment faire pour constituer le dossier ?

Bien cordialement
Samson Delgado

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Chipo Malunga

I would like to move to Canada with my 3 kids

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Vito

Buongiorno,
non credo ai miracoli, ma se voi avete una soluzione “easy ” per far ottenere il permit-residence o almeno il work-permit in Canada, allora sono tutto orecchie !

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    Violet Mitchell

    Ciao! Facciamo le cose per legge, ma ci sforziamo di rendere il processo il più semplice possibile. Sentiti libero di lasciare i tuoi dati di contatto in fondo a questa pagina e uno dei nostri esperti ti contatterà presto.

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Ismail Hazig

I would like to migrate to live and work in Canada

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Rishi Kant Kulpati

Hi Team,

Am Rishi and wants to apply for Canadian PR. My age is 29 and I have a work experience of 10 years in the field of Accounting and Finance in GENPACT (Subsidiary of General Electric). Currently am doing MBA from university of Northampton UK.

Please guide me

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    Violet Mitchell

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saibu idris

I need your expatriate help, I want to migrate to Canada as soon as possible. this is my phone number

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Md Lutfor Rahman

my DOB is 01/01/1967. I am University Graduate. I have visited numerous countries in my life. I have worked with multinational company in many countries.

Please can you advise me how can get a work permit or residence permit in Canada. Am I eligible for any of the categories please?

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    Violet Mitchell

    Hi!
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    I believe there could be several programs that could work for you, depending on your specific experience and abilities.
    If you’d like, you could talk to one of our experts and they will be able to give you information that’s relevant to your case.
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Sekou

Bonjour je suis un migrant résidant en Italie je suis un étudiant je souhaite immigré au Canada pour les études supérieures mais je ne sais pas comment faire . svp j’ai besoin de vos aides merci bo journée

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Clarisse

Salut je suis Clarisse j’ai 33 ans je suis camerounaise je suis en Turquie pour trouver du travail c’est très difficile. Mes enfants sont avec ma mère au Cameroun je n’ai pas d’emploi ici en Turquie dans mon pays tout se passe mal avec le gouvernement nous sommes des esclaves mes enfants et mes soeurs sont en fuite dans des villages. J’ai du fuire du sud ouest pour me réfugier réfugier au Nigéria par route depuis deux ans j’ai beaucoup soufer pour arriver en Turquie. Je suis ici je cherche un moyen pour obtenir un travail au canada et pour récupérer ma famille. J’ai besoin d’aide pour subvenir au besoin de ma famille . je vous prie de m’aider à venir travailler au canada pour aider ma famille.

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    Violet Mitchell

    Chère Clarisse,
    je suis désolé d’avoir entendu parler de ta situation.
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    J’espère que les choses iront mieux pour vous très bientôt.

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