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More articles in Canadian Immigration
A Permanent Resident in Canada (formally knows as a Landed Immigrant in
Canada) is someone who is not a Canadian citizen and has been granted permission
to live and work in Canada without any time limit on his or her stay. A
permanent resident must live in Canada for two years out of every five or risk
losing that status. Time spent outside of Canada accompanying a Canadian citizen
spouse is counted as time in Canada. Permanent resident status is official
classification for a person who has been admitted to Canada as a non-citizen
permanent resident. A person with such status is known as a permanent resident.
A Permanent Resident holds many of the same rights and responsibilities as a
Canadian citizen, with the following exceptions:
- Permanent residents cannot
vote in Canadian elections
- Cannot run for elected office
- Cannot hold Canadian passports
- Cannot hold certain jobs that have a high-level security clearance requirements.
Permanent residents may apply for Canadian citizenship
after three years in Canada, however this is not a mandatory requirement.
Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is the primary method by which Canadian
permanent residents can prove their status.
As a permanent resident, you and your dependents have the following rights and benefits:
- You will receive most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage.
- You can live, work or study anywhere in Canada.
- You may apply for Canadian citizenship after 3 years.
- You will receive protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
You must pay taxes, and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
To become a Permanent Resident / landed immigrant you must apply and get
approved for the Permanent Resident Status. Once you have been granted your immigration status, you must normally
enter Canada legally or land, from one of the designated ports of entry. If one
is living in Canada as a temporary resident (e.g. on a study or work permit) and
receives a permanent residency visa, s/he should exit Canada and re-enter via
one of the ports of entry to officially land and achieve the landed immigrant