Guide On Canada Permanent Residence Application Process

Permanent residency in Canada is a status granted to someone who is not a Canadian citizen with the right to live and work in Canada without any time limit on their stay.

Such resident would be given a permanent resident card if granted, as a proof.

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Being a permanent resident in canada doesn’t automatically gives right of a citizen. You are not a citizen until you have been granted citizenship. Permanent residents are just citizens of another countries immigrating to canada to reside there permanently.

Those are Benefits of being a Canadian Permanent Resident



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They’re  certain perks attached to acquiring the Canadian permanent residence status, they include but are not limited to the following

  • It gives you access to Canadian healthcare services and social services
  • It creates a pathway for you to apply for Canadian citizenship after you meet the requirements
  • It gives you the ability to go across Canada’s borders and return at will
  • It provides protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
  • It grants you the right to live, study and work in any Canadian neighbourhood of your choice

The Requirement to apply for Canada Permanent Residence

Before you apply for Canadian permanent residence you have to create and submit your Express Entry profile, you will need the following documents to do so;

  • A passport
  • Language test results
  • ECA report or proof of Canadian Education
  • Proof of funds

Additional documents may include

  • Provincial nomination if any
  • Letter of employment from a Canadian employer, proof of experience, certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province

After receiving an Invitation to Apply, you will need the following documents to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

  • Birth certificates
  • Proof of funds
  • Medical exams
  • Police certificate
  • Common law union form (if you have a common-law partner)
  • Marriage certificate if you declared your marital status as ‘married’
  • Divorce certificate if you declared your marital status as divorced
  • Death certificate of your deceased partner if you declared your marital status as ‘widowed’
  • Adoption certificated if you listed a dependent child as ‘adopted’

Other documents that might be required of you include

  • Digital photos for confirmation of identity
  • Proof of relationship with your relative in Canada
  • Other names for confirmation of aliases

The above-listed documents should only be provided if they are requested in your personalized document checklist.

Below are the most important information and application you need before relocating to Canada.

How to Apply for Canada Permanent Residence

After receiving your ITA (invitation to apply) you have 60 days before it becomes invalid so it is advised to start your application process immediately after receiving your ITA

  • Fill out the online form. To do this you have to sign in to your account and click the link to apply for permanent residence under express entry.
  • Ensure you submit all the required documents
  • Ensure to fill out all the mandatory fields, else your application will not be submitted
  • If you want to you can save your information on the form and go back as many times as you need to

Permanent Resident Card

Once you have been approved for Canadian permanent residence, you are now eligible to apply for a permanent resident card. This card will allow you to travel in and out of Canada at will.

Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada are responsible for all permanent resident card applications.

What is the Validity period for the Canadian PR card?

Although there are rare cases of 1 year validity period, PR cards are usually valid for 5 years. The expiry date will be stated clearly on the card.

It should be renewed at least six months before it expires and to do this, you have to undergo another application process.

You must be in Canada when applying for renewal as Canadian PR cards are not sent to non-Canadian addresses.

If your card expires when you are outside Canada you will need to get your Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) as you will not be granted access to Canada with an expired PR card.


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