A Permanent Resident is someone who is not Canadian Citizen but has been given the Permission to reside in Canada Permanently with Permanent Resident Visa.
A PR holder will get most of the benefits what a citizen of Canada should get. However, the PR holder can’t cast his vote or can’t run for political office.
Facilities / Benefits of PR given by Canadian Government:
- Lifetime visa – Initially the visa will be given for Five years. The PR visa can be extended up to 15 years.
- Citizenship – After residing there for at least 3 years, PR holder can apply for Canadian Citizenship.
- Multiple Entry Visa – It’s not a one-way visa. Canadian govt allows the PR holder to have multiple entries. But the PR holder needs to carry the PR card during the travel.
- The PR allows the holder to move freely from province to province.
- They can work and study anywhere you in Canada (high-security government positions are not accessible for PR holders, however.)
- Family Visa – The PR holders are allowed to bring their spouse/partner, kids along with them.
- Spouse is eligible to work on the basis of the Same VISA
- Free health benefits – As like the common citizen, a PR holder and his family will receive the health benefits provided by Canada Govt.
- Free education for children up to higher secondary diploma – It’s only applicable for Public school study.
- Child care amount are also available on PR visa
- Women welfare funds
- Unemployment funds – If any PR holder loses his job for any valid reason, he/she will be receiving 60-65% of the last drawn CTC as unemployment funds until he/she joins the next job. However, it will be subjected to be scrutinized thoroughly.
- Retirement funds
- Free access to the US after three years stay in Canada – Once a PR holder is proved to be eligible for Citizenship, USA access will be opened and can stay in the USA up to 6 months. After receiving the citizenship that person can travel to the USA for a job or settle down without any visa/permission.
- On PR anyone can sponsor their parents as well.
- The Resident is entitled to certain legal rights, such as to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and be provided with an interpreter in the courtroom, if necessary to have a lawyer.
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