Permanent Residents are citizens of other countries who have been given Permanent Resident status by immigrating to Canada. All Permanent Residents receive a Permanent Resident Card, or “PR card”, as a method of proving their immigration status to authorities, especially after travelling outside Canada.

A Permanent Resident is not a Canadian citizen. Your Permanent Residence is given to you for a period of 5 years and you may apply for Citizenship once you have been in Canada for a period of 3 years. You can either do this or you can extend your Permanent Residence without limit.


  • Canada offers excellent medical health care benefits to its citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • In general, Canada brings a lot of opportunities for skilled workers. Aerospace, IT, Tourism, Real Estate, Hospitality, infrastructure, and Automobile manufacturing industries are some examples of industries that provide an abundance of business, investment, and employment opportunities.
  • In Canada, working parents are given time off when a new baby is born or adopted. Women can take up to 12 months of maternity leave and receive 50 to 65% of their normal income.
  • For families with children under the age of 18 who are considered to have a low-income, the Canadian government provides monthly tax-free payments to help cover expenses.
  • Canada is a multi-cultural immigration destination. Peace and harmony exist, and foreign people, eager to launch a business at their own endeavor, are assisted. Canadian laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, and other grounds.
  • Maybe you were sure you wanted to live in Calgary, but visited Vancouver for a while and changed your mind? Or perhaps you were living in Montreal but got a job offer in Toronto? If you are a permanent resident in Canada, no one can stop you from moving provinces – in this case, your status is not linked to a specific employer or province.
  • There is no way around it: we all get homesick, we miss having our family close by. As a permanent resident in Canada, you can bring your immediate family members like spouse, parent, and dependent child to live in Canada with you through a process called sponsorship. Another very valid option if you want to bring your family to live in Canada, is to include them in your Express Entry application from the beginning, so everyone can start a new life in Canada together!
  • The next step after getting a permanent residency in Canada is to become a citizen! In order for you to apply for Canadian citizenship, you must have spent three of the past five years in Canadian territory. If you want to know more about becoming a Canadian citizen, talk to one of our immigration consultants.