A permanent resident in Canada is someone who has immigrated from another country to live and work permanently. Those who are temporarily in Canada are not considered permanent residents (such as students, temporary foreign workers or visitors). Following the acquisition of permanent residence status in Canada, a permanent resident card (PR Card) was issued, which serves as official proof of legal status as a permanent resident in Canada. This card is required for anyone travelling outside of Canada or returning to the country.
To maintain their status, a permanent resident must stay in Canada for at least 730 days within five (5) years of the date of issuance.
According to Canadian law, permanent residents in Canada have the right to a dignified life with adequate resources. Permanent residents of Canada are entitled to human rights and social benefits. Individuals with Canadian Permanent Resident Status are also eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. Individuals with permanent residence in Canada, on the other hand, are not allowed to vote or apply for jobs that require a Canadian citizen as a prerequisite.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has proposed 14 immigration programs to help international skilled workers immigrate to Canada and obtain Canadian Permanent Resident Status. Programs such as these include:
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