Did you know that Canada has its own version of the United States Green Card? The Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) Card allows you to work and move freely within Canada as a permanent resident, for as long as you wish.
Canada’s “Green Card”
The wildly popular Green Card is a United States status document that allows an individual to legally enter, reside and work in the US as a permanent resident. Canada does have its own version of the”Green Card,” known as a Canadian Permanent Resident Card.
In both cases, these immigration cards allow individuals to live and work in either Canada or the US, respectively. In order to get a PR card, one must apply for permanent residency. To see if you are eligible for permanent residency.
Benefits of Permanent Residency
There are many benefits of having permanent resident status in Canada. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, you have the right to live and work anywhere in Canada. So long as you are a permanent resident, you have the ability to move freely throughout the country and pursue employment options in any province.
Another benefit of permanent residency is the ability to sponsor your family if you are in Canada. This can be a great option for bringing your spouse or child that may be residing in another country. If you give birth in Canada, that child will be given Canadian Citizenship. Also, as a permanent resident you have access to Canada’s universal healthcare services.
Maintaining your Permanent Residency
While you are a permanent resident you are free to leave the country as you wish. However, it is important to note that you must physically reside in Canada for at least 730 days for every 5 year period. These 730 days can be spread throughout the 5 years and do not need to be consecutive. If you do not stay in Canada for the allotted time, you may have your permanent residency revoked. When returning to Canada, you must present your permanent residency card to the visa officer, so it is important to carry it with you during your travels.