The simple way to describe Permanent Residency and Citizenship is that you first need to become a Permanent Resident of Canada, and after a few years, you may be able to apply for Canadian citizenship if you meet all the criteria requirements.
Permanent Residence (PR) is the process of becoming a resident of Canada. Initially, many individuals come to Canada on a temporary status, either as a student or worker and subsequently apply for permanent residence. Some applicants are even able to apply for permanent residence from abroad.
Permanent residency in Canada applies to those who are not Canadian citizens but have been granted the permission to live and work in Canada without any limit on their stay. A permanent resident is required to live in Canada for two years out of every five year period or risk losing their status.
The main important point of becoming a permanent resident is that an individual needs to make an application and is required to demonstrate that they meet the criteria of becoming a permanent resident.
On the other hand, many people obtain their permanent residence status by being sponsored by a relative, spouse, parent, including an adult child. This process can be done through the Family Class or Inland Spousal categories, and it requires the sponsor to prove the appropriate family relationship and the applicant is also required to meet all the requirements of that category.
The economic immigration programs are for individual applicants and their accompanying family members but it requires that the principal applicant meets the requirement criteria of a specific program such as the Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Programs, Express Entry, Self Employed categories or a Provincial Nominee Program. Once an application is processed and completed the federal government will issue the individual and their respective family members with a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). COPR is a document which is presented either at a port of entry or at an immigration office in Canada for one to actually become a PR. When this process is complete, a few months later the individual will then be issued with a Permanent Resident card otherwise known as a Maple Leaf Card.
The permanent residence status helps to distinguish the difference between the different classifications within the country. This includes non-permanent residents such as students, and family members as well as those who are citizens of Canada by birth.
As a permanent resident, an individual has the right to access most social benefits such as health care, protection under Canadian law, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. An individual is required to renew their PR card every five years.
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