Immigration to Canada Guidelines

Canada for some time has seen a significant increase in the number of people who are immigrating to its shores on a permanent residency status. According to government estimates, it has been observed that close to 200,000 people settle in Canada each year. There are several reasons that can be attributed to its success as a thriving and well functioning democracy. Canada is one of the richest countries with a per capita income of US 35,500 and also happens to be one of the most environment friendly nations. With vast open spaces of greenery, Canada enjoys a population density of just 3.5 people per sq. km. Quality of life here has often been termed first rate with plenty of access to educational and work opportunities. Safety and security are also given paramount importance here with the Economist naming it the 8 peaceful country in the world during the year 2007.

Immigration to Canada

As per Canada’s immigration laws, it is mandatory for individuals who are intending to stay in Canada on a permanent basis, to acquire the status of ‘Permanent Residents’. Permanent residency status is awarded to people  who reside in Canada but are not yet a citizen of the country. By qualifying for permanent residency, these residents acquire certain rights and privileges in Canada even as they continue to remain citizens of their home country. Applicants would have to apply for Canada PR status upon their immigration to Canada.

What does permanent residency offer?
Individuals who have acquired this status have earned the right to live, study, earn and work in Canada for as long as their permanent residency stays valid. They are also eligible to receive most of the social benefits that are offered to Canadian citizens, which is inclusive of health care insurance. The law under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects them and they have to be respectful of all laws both at the federal and state level. Permanent residents are required to pay their taxes just like any other Canadian citizen and can apply for citizenship, once the minimum requirements under the countries Citizenship Act has been met.

What you cannot do as a permanent resident of Canada?
Permanent residents and their family members do not have the right to vote or run for any political office in the country. They cannot also take up jobs that involve or require high-level security clearance from the government. Permanent residents cannot also remain in Canada if they have been convicted of a major criminal offense and have been asked to leave the country.

Ways in which to apply for Canada immigration as Permanent Residents?
As per Canada immigration laws, candidates for permanent resident states can forward their applications in the following ways.

1) Business Class
2) Skilled Worker
3) Family Class

Some of the grounds under which immigration to Canada can be considered inadmissible under Sections 34 to 43 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Protection Regulations: –

Financial issues
Criminal offenses
Health reasons
Not complying with required acts or regulations
Misrepresentation
Human rights violations
Security grounds

Getting a Permanent Resident Card (PR card) in Canada The PR card acts as an official proof to legitimize your identity as a permanent  resident of Canada. The permanent residence card has to be produced  for documentation every time you enter or return to Canada from another  country. The plastic wallet sized card is usually valid for a period of 5 years. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will mail the PR card directly  to people who have immigrated to Canada as a permanent resident otherwise Canada visa rejection is another problem..