Permanent Residence Canada

Permanent Residence Canada

Considering emigrating and settling permanently in Canada? We have helped many immigrants through the process. Let our immigration lawyers help you.

Every year tens of thousands of immigrants are awarded permanent resident status in Canada, drawn by the country’s multiculturalism, inclusivity, world-class education and healthcare systems, progressive worker protection policies, and a large, diversified economy. Other benefits of permanent residence in Canada include:

    • Protection of the law under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    • Social benefits, including healthcare coverage,
    • Pathway to Canadian citizenship

If you have enjoyed your time in Canada and are keen to plant roots here, you will be pleased to know that the country offers an accessible path to permanent residency. De Sa & Associates’ immigration lawyers can help you with your permanent residence application and related issues.

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    Who is eligible for permanent residency in Canada?

    According to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, a permanent resident is a citizen of another country that has been given permanent resident status by the government of Canada. With permanent residency, you can live, work, and study in any of Canada’s three territories and 10 provinces for as long as you want.

    For individuals who meet the requirements, here ere are the pathways to acquiring permanent resident status in Canada:

    • Sponsorship by a Canadian family member, like a parent, spouse, or child,
    • Skilled worker programs where foreign citizens with specific skills apply for jobs in Canada,
    • Business immigration programs for foreign citizens with significant capital seeking to start businesses in Canada,
    • Humanitarian programs for refugees and asylum seekers who cannot return to their countries of origin because of threats to their safety,
    • Provincial nominee programs (PNCs) where provincial governments each year nominate a certain number of people to immigrate to their province.

    There are different qualification criteria for the above pathways to permanent residency. The immigration lawyers at De Sa & Associates will access your specific situation and help you decide which one offers you the best chances for permanent residence.

    Can permanent residency be revoked in Canada?

    You will lose your permanent residency if you have not been in Canada for 2 years (730 days) within the last 5 years. Your PR status also automatically revokes the moment you become a Canadian citizen. Besides that, you can also renounce or willingly give up your permanent residence.

    There is a raft of reasons why you may also be considered inadmissible to Canada. Inadmissibility essentially means you are not a desirable immigrant. Reasons for this include:

    • Security threat because of violence, terrorism, subversion, or espionage charges
    • Rights violations including war crimes, 
    • Membership to a government that’s been accused of rights violations or is under international sanctions,
    • Crimes committed while under the influence of drugs,
    • Membership to an organized crime organization,
    • Any form of misrepresentation, including falsifying or withholding information needed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act,
    • Medical reasons, either because your condition presents a public health or safety threat, or because your condition puts excessive pressure on the public health system.

    Has your Canadian permanent residence been revoked?

    Expired, lost, stolen, and damaged permanent resident cards can be replaced. They don’t amount to the loss of PR status. Revocation, however, does mean loss of PR status and all its associated benefits. That said, it does not mean immediate deportation if it happens while you are in Canada. 

    Loss of PR status for a person currently in Canada is a multi-stage process. Normally your PR status will be revoked when you submit an application to renew your PR card and it is determined that you have not met the residency obligation. 

    If you still fail to meet the residency obligation or fail to respond to the residency determination, your case will be put before an adjudicator who may then revoke your PR status. You will have a limited time to appeal the revocation. And should your appeal be unsuccessful, you may be asked to leave Canada immediately.

    Let’s get you permanently settled in Canada

    Are you attracted to Canada’s friendly immigration policies and are considering applying for permanent residence? Has your permanent resident status been revoked? De Sa & Associates’ immigration lawyers can help. 

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