If you’re an Indian citizen and you’re considering settling in Canada, you’ve probably heard about Canadian permanent resident status. Permanent resident status, or PR, is a well-sought after type of immigration status in Canada, especially by those in India. This is because permanent resident status gives you a lot of legal rights and abilities in Canada.
With permanent residence, you are legally authorized to live and work freely, anywhere in Canada for as long as you’d like. You can change employers, move between provinces, and sponsor your spouse, partner, and dependent children to join you – although you might not even need to sponsor them, as many PR immigration programs allow you to bring your family with you in your initial application!
Permanent resident status also doesn’t expire. You can be a permanent resident for as long as you’d like. But! You in order to maintain your status, you have to live in Canada for at least two out of every five years. If you stay for three out of five years, then you become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, which gives you the legal right to vote and run for political office – if you’re so inclined. Don’t count it out of the question so quickly – did you know that the leader of one of Canada’s major political parties, Jagmeet Singh, is the son of two Indians who immigrated to Canada?
To become a permanent resident in Canada, you have to apply through an official immigration program. There are many different immigration pathways in Canada, ranging from immigration for workers, immigration for students, and immigration for families. However, the most popular immigration option for Indian residents is Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker program. Express Entry is a very fast immigration system that doesn’t require a job offer, doesn’t require any Canadian experience, and allows you to bring your family with you. In 2018, Indian citizens received 42 percent of all invitations to apply (ITAs) issued through Express Entry – that’s nearly 40,000 ITAs for Indian workers and their families.
By becoming a Canadian permanent resident, you are not automatically becoming a Canadian citizen, so you will still continue to hold your Indian citizenship. It is also worth noting that not all Indians in Canada are permanent residents, many people immigrate to Canada on temporary immigration status using temporary work permits or study permits.
So, what is so great about having Canadian PR? Well, from jobs, to healthcare, to education, to quality of life, Canada has a lot to offer. Let’s find out exactly why so many Indians are choosing to call Canada home!