Permanent Immigration

Permanent residency in Canada is a status that grants someone who is not a Citizen of Canada the right to live and work in Canada without any time limit on their stay. To become a permanent resident a foreign national must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), under one of several programs. The primary benefit of permanent residency is the eligibility to apply for Canadian citizenship after a certain period of permanent residency.

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As a permanent resident, you have the right to:

  • Get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage.
  • Live, work or study anywhere in Canada.
  • Apply for Canadian citizenship (Upon meeting certain criteria)
  • Protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canada’s permanent immigration policy is stands tall on 3 pillars:

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