Permanent Resident Card Free Guide

Permanent Resident Cards, often just called PR Cards for brevity, are immigration documents that are the official proof of permanent residency in Canada.

This article series will be your permanent resident free guide. In it we will discuss what a PR Card is, how one gets a PR Card, what are the immigration options, application details and how to get started.

Permanent Resident Card Defined

Permanent residency is the right to live and work in Canada for as long as you please. Ancillary benefits include access to many of Canada’s social programs such as healthcare and employment insurance. Travelling throughout all of the provinces in Canada is also allowed and encouraged. Tourism is big in Canada. This Nation of Immigrants is also home to many highly regarded universities and permanent residents are encouraged to take advantage of these education opportunities.

After a while of holding onto your permanent residency you can apply for citizenship and the full rights and benefits that entails. One of the benefits of citizenship is the ability to vote and participate in the democratic process. Canada’s government is one of the most stable in the world and the right to be a part of that is considered to be quite an honor.

Permanent Residents are allowed to leave Canada for periods of time of course, but it is very important to make sure that you comply with residency requirements. If you stay out of Canada for too long you may no longer be able to claim permanent residency with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Types of Immigration Overview

There are many different ways to immigrate to Canada, such as:

  • As a skilled worker or professional,
  • Through the Federal Skilled Trades Program,
  • The Canadian Experience Class is also available,
  • Investors can use their capital to ensure permanent residency in Canada,
  • Through a family member,
  • A specific province can also sponsor your entry into Canada,
  • Live in caregivers can get permanent residence,
  • Refugees or asylees can apply for permanent resident cards.

Quebec has its own particular rules for immigrating and so, if you would like to immigrate to Quebec you will have to consult their branch of immigration administration.

In the next entry for the Guide to Permanent Resident Cards we will discuss each of these categories in greater detail. Hopefully, a closer examination of the categories will help you decide how you will immigrate to Canada.

National Occupancy Classification: Logging and Forestry Workers

There are a many logging and forestry jobs available in Canada, particularly in the Prairie Provinces where there are huge forests. There is quite a lot of demand for this type of work and it is possible to apply for immigration based on employment with a logging or forestry company.

The NOC (National Occupation Classification system) exists to define professions and jobs throughout Canada in an effort to standardize what is expected of people with certain job descriptions. This classification system is used in immigration applications for employment based immigration.

Below are two different job descriptions that some people look for when looking for a basis for immigration.

8421 Chain Saw and Skidder Operators

The logging industry uses workers to operate chainsaws to cut down trees and then a skidder is used to drag the logs to a staging area for transportation.

Alternate names used for this profession include:

  • Buckers,
  • Fellers,
  • Logger,
  • Grapple Skidder Operator,
  • Landingperson, or
  • Pieceworker.

In the course of duty for this job chain saw and skidder operators will be expected to

  • Fell and delimb trees,
  • Transport trees to landing area,
  • Maintain and repair logging equipment,
  • Operate as a logging team.

Depending on the employer’s preferences, the following may be employment requirements:

  • High school degree,
  • College degree in forestry,
  • Formal training,
  • Experience,
  • Certification.

8422 Silviculture and Forestry Workers

Silviculture is the care and management of trees and forests. The difference between silviculturalists and loggers is that silviculture is more interested in the upkeep of forests instead of cutting down trees.They are most often hired by logging companies or contractors.

Other names for silviculture include:

  • Clearing saw operator,
  • Forest firefighter,
  • Pieceworker,
  • Thinning saw operator,
  • Forestry crewperson.

Duties included in silviculture are:

  • Seeding forest sites,
  • Using thinning saws to aid in forest growth,
  • Controlling weeds and undergrowth,
  • Fight forest fires,
  • Preparing forests for other projects.

Requirements for employment may include:

  • High school degree,
  • College degree,
  • Formal training, or on the job training,
  • Experience,
  • A license.