What is permanent residency in Canada? | PR Status

You have probably heard about permanent residency in Canada, but what is it? When can you call yourself a Permanent Resident or a PR? What are the benefits and obligations of a person who holds the PR status? Let’s explore the answers to these questions. Of course, I’ll do my best to answer these questions concisely.

What is permanent residency in Canada?

Permanent residency means you are neither a foreign national nor a Canadian citizen. Of course, you need to apply for the PR status by immigrating to Canada. There are many ways to immigrate, but here are some of the main options:

Of course, the list is not comprehensive. Consequently, you may read my article on this subject or book a consultation session.

What are the benefits of permanent residency in Canada?

As a permanent resident, you could enjoy the following benefits. Nonetheless, these are available to you only if you do not lose your status:

Please note that this list is not comprehensive. Moreover, it does not cover exceptional situations.

What are your obligations as a PR?

Gaining permanent residency in Canada comes with some obligations. For example, you must spend at least 40% of your time in Canada. We call this residency obligation. As a permanent resident, you must spend 730 days out of every five years in Canada. However, some exceptions apply. Moreover, you could lose your PR status if one or more of the following inadmissibility grounds apply to you:

You could lose your permanent residency if you do not respect your obligations. However, you could apply for citizenship down the road if you do.

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    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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