Permanent Residency | Preszler Immigration Lawyers Toronto
Permanent Residency in Canada ensures that an individual has been given permanent resident status by immigration to Canada but is not yet a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are foreign nationals who are citizens of other countries.
A Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) is a document that states you are a permanent resident of Canada and you must need this card to re-enter the country if you leave Canada at any time. Permanent residents who do not have a PR Card on them when travelling outside the country will need to obtain a document titled the Permanent Resident Travel Document before returning to Canada.
Having a Permanent Resident Card or PR Card allows individuals to utilize a variety of social benefits made available to Canadian citizens including health care. It allows you to also live, work and study anywhere in Canada and apply for Canadian citizenship as well. Permanent Residents are also guaranteed protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Permanent residents are also expected to pay taxes and obey Canadian laws at all levels of government. However, you are not allowed to run for political office or hold high-level security jobs that require rigorous security clearance measures.
If you have PR card but also live outside of Canada – you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five year period to ensure you do not lose your permanent resident status. One of the great things about having a PR Card is that you do not lose your PR status when your PR Card expiries. You can only lose your PR status if you are no longer a PR after an inquiry or PRTD appeal, you renounce your PR status, a removal order is enforced against you or you become a Canadian citizen.
Some of the Permanent Residence matters we can assist with include:
- Family Class Sponsorship
- Express Entry
- Humanitarian & Compassionate Cases
- Refugee Status
- Provincial Nominee Programs
- Self Employed
For more information on how we can help you or a loved one obtain Permanent Residency status – contact a member of our legal team today to request a consultation.