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Permanent Residence and Citizenship

If you have a loved one or an ongoing business opportunity in Canada and you desire to stay in Canada indefinitely, but you still wish to maintain the citizenship of your native country, you might consider becoming a permanent resident of Canada. By doing so, you and your dependents will be entitled to receive most of the same social benefits that Canadian citizens enjoy, like universal healthcare coverage. You may also live, work, and study anywhere in the country, as well as apply for Canadian citizenship and enjoy the protection of Canadian law and the Charter of Rights And Freedoms. Permanent resident status will provide you with a lot of rights, but there are still a number of obligations that you must fulfill, which is why you need the assistance of an experienced lawyer well versed in immigration law.

What You Should Know

In Canada, a permanent resident is someone who has acquired permanent resident status in the country but has not yet attained Canadian citizenship. Permanent residents have rights and privileges in Canada similar to its residents, but they still remain citizens of their home country. The wallet-sized Permanent Resident Card is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada, and should be used when seeking to re-enter the country on a commercial carrier. Any time you leave the country, it is important to have this card on you when you return.

Permanent resident status not only allows you to live in the country, but it also provides limitations on the time you can live outside the country and still maintain the status. To retain your status as a permanent resident, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period. If you comply with all legal requirements of being a permanent resident, you can become eligible to become a Canadian citizen after three years.

While permanent residents and their dependents are required to pay taxes and obey all local and federal laws, they cannot vote or run for political office, have jobs that require a high security clearance, or remain in the country if convicted of a serious criminal offence.

Different Paths to Becoming a Permanent Resident

There are many different application categories and requirements for those seeking permanent resident status. For example, certain skilled workers can be considered for permanent resident status under a different set of criteria than those who are seeking that status for a relative or loved one, and there are programs under which a province or territory can nominate someone for permanent resident status as well.

If you are considering or wondering whether you should seek permanent resident status in Canada, you should consult with an experienced immigration lawyer who can listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and advise you of the best course of action to accomplish your immigration goals.

Sherritt Greene – Experienced Calgary Immigration Lawyers

Since opening its doors in 1998, the law firm of Sherritt Greene has become one of the most successful immigration law firms in Calgary, Alberta. They have worked with clients from across the globe seeking to travel or immigrate to Canada. With more than 50 years of legal experience between them, Michael Sherritt and Michael Greene remain committed to the highest standards of their profession, and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for each and every client. The offices of the Sherritt Greene Immigration Law Centre are located at 301 Mount Royal Village, 1550 8th St. SW, Calgary, Alberta TR2 1K1, Canada. Call Sherritt Greene at (866) 847-6361 for a consultation about your immigration matter.