PR and Citizenship
Canada is a land of opportunity and thousands and thousands of people get their PR card status in Canada every single year. In fact, Canada has been increasing the number of successful applicants to over 280,000 people per year, and you have equal opportunity just like those people.
As a permanent resident, you receive great opportunities and benefits in Canada. Having a PR card allows you to live, work and study in Canada on a permanent basic. The PR Card is normally issued for 5 years and can be renewed.
As a permanent resident, you have:
- live, study or work anywhere in Canada
- the right to apply for Canadian Citizenship
- get the health care and most of the other social benefits which a Canadian Citizen receives
- is protected under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
As a permanent resident, you also must pay taxes, and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal level.
How do I become a permanent resident of Canada?
There are 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. Five main categories for Canadian Permanent Resident are:
- Express Entry Category
- Business Immigration
- Family Class Immigration
- Canadian Experience Class
- Provincial Nominee Programs.
What is the different between PR and citizenship?
There are absolutely no differences. The main difference is that before becoming a citizen, you must first become a permanent resident.
The PR can not:
- vote in federal elections
- run in federal office
- hold Canadian passports
- hold some jobs that need a high level security clearance.
The Canadian Citizenship can:
- right to vote
- run public office
- join the military or some specific defense jobs.
Canadian citizenship is voluntary and may be applied for after three years of residence in Canada.