Canada is a lucrative place to live in, both by standards of prosperity & quality of life. This makes it one of the best destinations for immigration. So much so, that Indians rank in the top five ethnicities when it comes to Immigration to Canada. We have entire generations of people with Indian origin who have settled & become Permanant Residents & / or Canadian Citizens. A Permanent Resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. A Permanent Resident can live, work or study anywhere in Canada. They hold almost all the same rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen & get the same social benefits. Still there are some ways in which they are limited. They cannot vote in elections, run for elected office or hold a Canadian passports. They can also be deported for serious crimes committed while residing in Canada. So you can say that Canadian Citizenship holds more value than Permanent Resident Status.
Since they can't hold passports, Permanent Residents are issued a PR Card as a respresentation of their status. These cards have to be kept in hand during any international travels. When speaking of International travels, it is important to note that once you get your permanent resident status, you can still live outside of Canada. But you must live in Canada for at least two years in a five-year period. If you fail to meet this requirement & live outside of Canada for a longer time span, you may lose your permanent resident status.
The application process for permanent residence comes under two categories. An application by an Immigrant from within Canada is referred to as a "Within Canada" application. An application submitted from outside Canada is an "Outside Canada" application. The major difference is that in case of a Within Canada application, the applicant gets an "Approval in Principle" which allows them an opportunity to apply for certain benefits like healthcare or a driver's license. But in case of an Outside Canada application, the applicant doesn't get an "Approval in Principle" & has to wait until the entire process in completed before he/she can apply for above mentioned benefits. Until that time, they are still considered a visitor to Canada. So, it is very important to consider your options before deciding on how to apply.
The application process can take upto 17-24 months to process, with a processing fee of CAD $490 per applicant. There is also an additional CAD $50 in order to get your PR Card once your application is approved. The application itself contains some generic & some specific requirements.
You have to provide a Police Clearance Certificate stating that you are a law-abiding citizen & have no record of criminal activity & will not be a risk to the security of Canada. Plus, that you are not suffering from any communicable disease and do not carry any deadly virus. This will be determined by a mandatory medical examination that will be performed by one of the many Panel Doctors approved by the Canadian Government to do this test. In addition to this, you will also be asked to produce transcripts proving your education qualifications & your language proficiency. To ensure that there is no formality left unfilfilled, our dedicated agents will sit down with you periodically to crosscheck the progress of your application in accordance with a custom made checklist for PR cases.
Our Pre / Post Landing Services will help you navigate the whole process of immigrating to Canada & becoming a Permanent Resident quite easy & without trouble.