How to Apply & Get Permanent Residency in Canada

Have you been searching the internet for information that can show you how to get permanent residency in Canada? Congratulations, you’re at the right place.

In this article, we’ll show you the various ways you can get permanent residency in Canada and how to proceed.

Before we proceed…

What is a Canadian Permanent Resident?

A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.

In recent years, the government of Canada have been giving permanent resident status to eligible foreigners who desired to live permanently in Canada.

In 2018, 320,000 PRs were issued. 341,000 were issued in 2019, the same 341,000 were issued in 2020, and the government of Canada plans to issue more PR statuses to 351,000 eligible foreigners in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.

Benefits of being a Canadian Permanent Resident

You and your dependents will have:

  • The Right to live, work or study anywhere in Canada
  • The Right to apply for Canadian citizenship after a period of living in Canada
  • The Right to receive most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage.
  • Protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

However, as a permanent resident, you also must pay taxes and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.

How To Become a Permanent Resident of Canada?​

There are a number of ways to obtain a Canadian PR. You should think about it in terms of “immigration categories.” Each category represents a legal means to obtain permanent resident status.

However, in those posts, we’ll list only the 2 most popular ways of obtaining PR in Canada. Please NOTE that these methods are for foreigners residing outside Canada.

Express Entry

Express Entry program manages applications for permanent residence for immigrants who can fill jobs lacking available skilled Canadian workers through certain economic immigration programs. To determine your CRS score or points, use our CRS score calculator linked below. Check HERE for more details and applications.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program or PNP is a program for workers who have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific Canadian province or Territory. Each province and territory has its own streams and programs that target students, business people, skilled workers, and semi-skilled workers. Check HERE for more details and applications.

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