There are a number of ways someone who is a visitor in Canada or who is a temporary resident of Canada may apply for permanent resident status, however there are strict rules surrounding who can do this and who cannot.
Most applicants who are visitors in Canada and who wish to apply for permanent resident status will have to leave Canada and then apply for permanent residency from outside of Canada. However, there are some exceptions.
Who can apply for permanent resident status from inside Canada?
People who can apply for permanent resident status while they are temporary residents of Canada include refugees or protected persons, spouses or common-law partners of permanent residents or Canadian citizens (through spousal sponsorship), live-in caregivers, people who hold Temporary Resident Permits or students and workers who hold study permits or work permits and want to apply under the Canadian Experience Class.
Other applicants must leave Canada and then apply for permanent residency from outside of Canada.
While it’s not impossible to go from being a visitor in Canada to a permanent resident, it can be quite difficult and whether or not you will be able to do so from within Canada (without having to leave) depends on a number of different factors including your current status.
If you are in Canada on a temporary visa and would like to explore your options relating to permanent residency, speak with a licensed immigration lawyer for assistance. You are not without options, and we can help you determine what your next steps would be. For example, you could be able to do so from within Canada, or you may have to leave Canada and apply from outside of the country.
Please contact us at the phone number above for assistance. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.