Permanent Residence in Canada – What You Should Know

Are you interested in starting a new life in Canada? As a permanent resident you would be in more of a position to explore the benefits this country has to offer. However, not possessing the required paperwork or not fulfilling the set criteria could sacrifice that reality. With over a decade of experience and an impressive rate of satisfaction, Niren and Associates are willing to lend you their assistance.

Canadian Permanent Residence Procedures

As a Permanent Resident, you are issued an immigrant visa called a Record of Landing by the Canadian government. This allows you to live, work and study in Canada on a permanent basis.  That being said, a Record of Landing will have an expiry date which means that you must enter Canada before the visa lapses otherwise you will lose your right permanent resident status. Further meaning, you will have to apply all over again!

Understanding Permanent Residence as Compared to Temporary Residence

Permanent residence is NOT temporary status such as when you apply for a Study Permit, Visitor Visa or Work Permit. These temporary visas  limits the time you are allowed in Canada, as well as restricting what you can and cannot do. That is not to say that permanent residence don’t have limitations. As a permanent resident you do not carry a Canadian passport, and there are certain residency restrictions imposed.

Qualifying as a Permanent Canadian Resident

There are numerous ways to receive a Canadian Immigrant Visa. It’s actually easier to just think of them as “immigration categories”. Each category represents a legal means for an applicant to obtain permanent resident status. These are:

If  your intent is to immigrate to Canada, you will have to qualify for at least one of these categories. You may want to consider consulting with a legal professional to ensure your eligibility and map your approach.

Establishing Permanent Residence Status

Finally, once Permanent Residence has been established, Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that permanent residents hold a valid permanent resident card.  As well as, meet all permanent residency requirements and renew your permanent residence card every five years.

Permanent resident status is a privilege that can improve the quality of life those who qualify. However, not possessing the right documents or submitting the wrong information could lead to refusal. Our Vancouver immigration team have extensive experience in matters involving permanent residence and are willing to assist you.

Contact today for a consultation with one of our Immigration Lawyers in the Vancouver, BC. area.

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