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.