Canada is one of the topmost counties with regard to the high number of immigrants. Every year, people from various parts of the world come to work or settle down in this country. 

Just like in the United States, residing in Canada requires you to have a permanent resident status. But unlike in the US, there is no “Green Card” in Canada. There is a similar version of the US Green Card, known as “The Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) Card”

This is the card that gives you the status of being a permanent resident of Canada. With this card, you can get the right to work and live in Canada for as long as you want. 

Let’s try and understand this better, shall we?

What is the Canadian PR Card (a.k.a Canada Green Card)?

The Canada Green Card is an official document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for identification and travel purposes of the permanent residents of Canada. It is one of the ways for Canadian citizens to prove their permanent residency status. With this document, you can travel outside Canada and return as many times as you want, considering the fact that you have other necessary documents with you.

Canadian PR Card

Are permanent residents Canadian citizens?

A permanent resident gets a permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada. He/she is not given Canadian citizenship yet. They are basically citizens of other countries who are given the authority to live in Canada without being its citizens. 

Are all people living in Canada temporarily for work or study permanent citizens?

People living in Canada temporarily for study or work are not necessarily permanent citizens. Most people stay for an extended period in the country with the help of their visas.

How to get a Canadian Green Card?

The Canada PR process or the process of getting a “Canada Green Card” is simple when you follow the right steps. You can get permanent resident status in Canada through various streams. Below is a detailed explanation of each of these streams.

1. The Skilled Worker Immigration

The Canadian labour market looks for new skills constantly. Individuals with higher education or high skill sets have the advantage of getting into the bandwagon of the Independent/Skilled Worker Immigration in Canada. However, they need to have work experiences in specific fields of trade or skill.

To take part in the skilled worker program, you have to qualify in specific criteria like age, language proficiency, education, work experience and others. The assessment has a total of 100 points, out of which you have to score at least 67 to get qualified.

2. Business Class Immigration

This is an option for immigration for business people and self-employed individuals. If you are someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, Canada could be an ideal country for your business. It is, in fact, one among the top 10 most preferred countries for Start-Ups. With the Investor and Business Visa, you could be on your way to becoming a successful business owner. To qualify for this immigration model, you need to have the money to start, manage or buy a business in Canada. You also need to have enough business experience and knowledge to get approval.

3. Family Class Immigration

For people who have their next of kin or spouses living in Canada as a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen, Family Class Immigration is an ideal option. They can use Family Class Sponsorship to get sponsored to receive the permanent resident status in Canada. 

4. Canadian Experience Class

Many people come to Canada for work or study. After spending a couple of years in the country, they become proficient with the language and lifestyle there. These people can use the Canadian Experience Class Immigration model to qualify for Permanent Residency.

5. International Adoption

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, you can adopt children from overseas by sponsoring for them. You can do this by giving your commitment to raise the adopted kid and look after his or her best interests as foster a foster parent.

6. Provincial Nomination

This program is for skilled workers who are working in Canada and want to settle in a particular province in the country. In this process, the territory or region nominates the applicant to immigrate and settle in that province. To apply for a nomination to a particular region, the candidate has to approach the agent immigration office in the target province. After the nomination, the candidate can apply to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

7. Quebec-Selected Immigration

The Province of Quebec is kept out of the Provincial Nomination Program. It picks immigrants who are suited to their “immigration requirements”. The assessment program for permanent residency in this region is different. You can learn more about it here.

Types of PR Cards

There are two types of PR cards in use. 

The 2009 version

PR Card 2009 version

The 2015 version

PR card 2015 version

The validity of a PR card is five years from the date of issue. 

PR cards have a printed maple leaf figure in the front. This is why it was also called “maple leaf card”.

Here’s a video demonstrating the card with its security features:

Benefits of Canada Green Card

There are a host of benefits that come with a Canada Green Card. Some of these benefits include:

  • You get to apply for Canadian citizenship.
  • You get protection under Canadian law.
  • You get Health care coverage.
  • You get to live, work or study anywhere in Canada.
  • You get the benefits of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

What is the fastest way to get a Canada Green Card?

The fastest and most convenient way to get a Permanent Residency Card in Canada is through the Express Entry program. This is applicable only for the Skilled Worker Immigration stream and the Canadian Experience Class stream.

Canada has a highly developed market economy. Skilled immigrants in the country’s workforce play a major role in the long-term growth of the country’s economy. Considering this factor, the Canadian government has made it convenient for high skilled workers to get into Canada. 

The Express Entry program handles permanent residence applications for immigrants who are eligible to fill the gap of skilled workers in the country. The application system is online and it lets candidates easily submit their profile for being considered as skilled immigrants. The applications are reviewed and monitored by the IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada). Candidates with eligible rankings are then invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

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