Permanent Residence

Seeking Permanent Residency?

For persons who immigrate to Canada, permanent residence is granted but not citizenship. A permanent resident of Canada is a citizen of another country who is legally authorized to reside and work in Canada. A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident. A Canadian citizen is someone who was born in Canada, became a citizen through the naturalization process, or was born to a Canadian citizen while living outside of Canada. A person may be a Canadian citizen if they were adopted by a Canadian citizen on or after January 1, 1947.
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As a permanent resident, you have the right to:

  • get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage,
  • live, work or study anywhere in Canada,
  • apply for Canadian citizenship,
  • protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

You must pay taxes and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. You are not allowed to:

  • vote or run for political office,
  • hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance.

Canada offers a variety of programs, which culminate to the granting of a permanent resident status; we believe in getting it right the first time and will do our utmost to maximize your chances of success on your permanent residency application. We also facilitate the approval of your application process, by communicating with immigration officials as necessary in a proactive manner. Our Permanent Residency Practice provides for the needs of clients in the following areas:

  • Canadian Experience Class – Foreign nationals who have worked in Canada for a period of at least one year can apply for Permanent Residence on the basis of their Canadian work experience; to qualify, applicants must have a minimum of one year of full time work experience in Canada in the three years preceding the application, meet certain language requirements, and intent to settle outside Quebec.
  • Family Class Sponsorship (Spousal, partner or eligible relative) – Canadian citizens or permanent residents, are able to sponsor their spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, child (including an adopted child) or other eligible relative to become a permanent resident under one of the family classes sponsorship programs. Permanent residency status will allow their family members to reside, study and work in Canada.
  • Federal Skilled Worker – Federal Skilled Worker Program attracts highly skilled individuals from around the world to become economically self-sufficient contributors to the Canadian economy. Upon meeting the requirements of an occupation under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system within the Skilled Worker Program, would be able to obtain permanent residence. 
  • Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications – Foreign nationals who are currently in Canada, and are not eligible to apply for permanent residence under any of the prescribed immigration program, for some reasons due to criminality, misrepresentation, medical conditions, financial insecurity, or non-compliance with immigration law, can apply for an exemption under H&C grounds. 
  • Canadian Business Investor program – Presently there are two classifications and ways to immigrate to Canada by way of investment:  The Provincial Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs which allows provinces of Canada (apart from Quebec) to manage immigrant selection in accordance with provincial plans and priorities; The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program which is designated for experienced professionals who wish to immigrate to Canada and settle in Quebec.  The Provincial Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs was created to permit the other provinces of Canada to actively manage immigrant selection in accordance with provincial plans and priorities.
  • Provincial Nominee Programs – Provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada which enables them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. Foreign nationals must first apply to the province where they wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will then consider the application based on its Immigration needs and the applicant’s genuine intention to settle there.
  • Canadian Business Class (Self- employed) – Self-employed persons who have the intention and ability to create their own employment and make a significant contribution to the cultural, artistic or athletic life of Canada to immigrate to Canada. Self-employed persons with a Canada Immigration visa also have the option to purchase and manage a farm in Canada.
  • Express Entry Program – Express Entry is an online system used to manage applications for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada. It allows eligible candidates to submit a profile to the government of Canada. Top-ranked immigration candidates in the pool system are then invited to submit an application for permanent residence.
  • Permanent Resident Card Renewal – Permanent Resident card is an official proof that a person is a permanent resident of Canada. It is needed to enter and stay in Canada while returning from another country in a commercial vehicle (bus, boat or plane).