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Canada PR - Eligibility, Pathways and Benefits

A Canadian permanent resident is someone who has been granted permanent resident status by Immigrating to Canada.
Canada is a well-developed country and ranks at the 12th in the Human Development Index.  

What is Canada Permanent Residency (PR)? 

A Permanent Resident is an individual who is granted the right to live, study and work in Canada permanently. An individual who is not a citizen of Canada but has the legal right to reside here is known as a Canadian Permanent Resident.
 
The Canadian Government grants the people the status of Permanent Resident. Applicants can apply for permanent residency through the Canadian immigration pathways. 
 
An immigrant must apply to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) to obtain Permanent Resident status. The permanent resident card permits the holder to remain in Canada for five years.

What is a Permanent Residence Card?

A PR Card is an official document given to individuals who have been granted permanent residence by the Government of Canada. It is often shown as a proof by the candidate while traveling in and out of the country.
 
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Is Permanent Residence and Citizenship the Same? 

Permanent residence and Citizenship are very different from each other. 
 
Parameters  
Permanent Residence
Citizenship 
Voting 
Cannot vote in Federal elections 
Can vote in Federal elections 
Residency Obligation
Should live in Canada for minimum 730 days in five years
No obligation as such 
Renewal Time
PR card can be renewed in 5 year
No renewal required
Status Granted
Permanent Residence Status 
Full Citizenship Status
Travel 
Require visa to travel to other countries
Can travel many countries through Canadian passport 
 

Benefits of Permanent Residency in Canada 

Access to Universal Healthcare - Canada PR holders can have access to public healthcare services. Candidates can benefit from such healthcare services including medical treatments and prescriptive drugs. 
 
Modern Education System - Canada has some of the top universities of the world. They have a practical-oriented curriculum and have their course structured according to the industrial demands.
 
Freedom to Live and Work - Canada has a secure and safe environment. By taking a PR, you can work and reside anywhere in Canada for five years. You can renew your permanent residence card when it expires. 
 
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Eligibility Criteria for Canada PR  

Overall, the candidate must have 67 points in the Canada points grid. The eligibility factors for obtaining a Canadian permanent resident status are as follows - 
  • Age Criteria - You must be at least eighteen years old in order to be eligible for immigration to Canada. Applicants above 45 receive a low score due to age criteria. If you are under 18, you can still qualify if you travel with a family who sponsors it for you. 
  • Educational requirements - To be eligible for immigration to Canada, you need to hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Even without a degree, you can be considered qualified if you show that you have completed an education equivalent to four years of university study in Canada. You will need to submit official documentation in order to verify your academic background. 
  • Language Proficiency - You must prove your language proficiency in French or English. To be able to prove your language proficiency, one should enroll in a language test such as the IELTS or CELPIP (the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program). A score of at least CLB 6 or higher is the requirement. 
  • Work Experience - You need to have at least one year of work experience in a skilled field in order to be eligible for Canada PR. Work categorized as skill type 0/A /B on the NOC list is considered as  skilled employment. Professors in universities, financial analysts, computer programmers, and civil engineers are a few examples of skilled workers. 
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Processing Time of a Canada PR Visa 

The Canada PR Visa process generally takes 6-9 months to complete. The time taken to complete the Visa Process can be fastened if the candidate hires an immigrant consultant for it. Stark Visas is there by your side and will help you at every step of the application process. 

The processing time may vary as per the program you have applied for. It takes about 3-4 months if applied under CEC of Express Entry. 

But if you have applied through a Provincial Nomination Program, the processing time will depend on the other factors. The following factors can influence the Canada PR process- 
  • The Verification Process
  • Time taken for documentation
  • Additional requirements of the province

Canada Immigration: Pathways To Obtain PR Visa

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Canada PR via EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM  

It is the most common and direct route to Permanent Residence in Canada. Candidates are assessed using a points-based system that takes into account a number of criterias including age, education, work experience and language ability.
 
If you meet the requirements, you will be added to the express entry pool. Candidates are then compared and candidates with the highest ranking will be invited to apply for Canada PR.
 
There are three programs under Express Entry - 
The table below shows the eligibility criteria under the three programs. 
 
Eligibility criteria
Canadian Experience Class
Federal Skilled Workers Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Language skills
English or French skills
  • CLB 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 occupations
  • CLB 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 occupations
English or French skills
  • CLB 7
English or French skills
  • CLB 5 for speaking and listening
  • CLB 4 for reading and writing
Type/Level of work experience
Canadian work experience in an occupation listed in 1 or more of these NOC TEER Categories:
  • TEER 0
  • TEER 1
  • TEER 2
  • TEER 3
Work experience in an occupation listed in 1 of these NOC TEER Categories:
  • TEER 0
  • TEER 1
  • TEER 2
  • TEER 3
Work experience in a skilled trade under key groups of TEER 2 or TEER 3:
  • Major Group 72, technical trades and transportation officers and controllers, excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllers
  • Major Group 73, general trades
  • Major Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related production
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllers
  • Major Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
  • Minor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakers
  • Unit Group 62200, chefs
Amount of work experience
One year in Canada in the last 3 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)
One yearcontinuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time)
Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)
Job offer
Not required.
Not required.
But you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offer.
Required:
  • a valid job offer for a total period of at least 1 year 
  • A certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority
Education
Not required.
Secondary education required.
You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education.
Not required.
 

Canada PR via PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (PNP) 

PNP is considered as the second-best pathway to obtaining a Permanent Residency. For all the candidates who are not able to qualify the criterias of Express Entry, can still apply to immigrate to Canada via PNP.

Every province and territory participating in this program has its own requirements for each individual applying for PR. You must first fulfill the prerequisites of the province or area you are interested in. After being nominated, you can submit a PR application. The nomination requirements vary by province and territory. 

Provinces invite applicants according to their economic needs. The main PNP programs are- 
 
1. Alberta Advantage Immigration Program - Workers and entrepreneurs are the two primary categories comprise the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.
 
2. Ontario Immigration Nominee Program - Foreign workers, international students, business owners, and entrepreneurs who meet the requirements of education, training, and experience and intend to become permanent residents of Ontario may nominate themselves through the OINP.
 
 3. British Columbia PNP - Entrepreneur Immigration and Skills Immigration streams are the two main streams of BC PNP. These streams are then further categorized into skilled laborers, recent graduates from abroad, and other professionals. 
 
 4. Manitoba PNP - The province of Manitoba offers several immigration streams for qualified people and their families who want to come to work and live there permanently. 
 
5. New Brunswick PNP - This stream is targeted towards skilled workers, international graduates and entrepreneurs. Through this stream, the NBPNP can take advantage of the federal Express Entry immigration selection system to cater to the unique labor market and demographic requirements. 
 
6. Newfoundland and Labrador PNP - The province is made up of the island of Newfoundland and Labrador, two separate land masses that are connected to the mainland. Prospective immigrants who meet the government's skill and experience requirements are nominated. 
 
7. Nova Scotia Nominee Program - The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) was launched in 2003. It was started to address the demands of the labor market and economy through immigration. According to recent data, Nova Scotia welcomes more than 7,000 new immigrants annually.
 
8. Prince Edward Island PNP - Prospective immigrants who meet the province's skill and experience requirements may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada. PEI PNP prioritizes the applications of the candidates working and living in the province.
 

How to Apply for Canada PR Visa from India? 

The candidate who wishes to become permanent resident in Canada has to fulfill all the eligibility requirements set by the Canadian Government.
 
The candidate must ensure that they are proficient in English language. We have the IELTS exam trainers who will help you in learning the language. 
 
You should make sure that documents you submit are authentic. You can hire our immigration consultants for the documentation process. After hiring our immigration consultants, you do not need to worry about anything. 
 
You should ensure that you have enough finances and have all your medical tests done as well. 
 
Our immigration consultants will assist you in the PR application process. Once your PR status is confirmed, you will receive a COPR. 
 
Total Cost to Apply for Canada PR from India 
  • The cost of applying for Canada PR includes - 
  • Educational Credential Assessment Fees - CAD $322
  • Application Fees - CAD $850 
  • Permanent Residence Fees - CAD $515 
  • Biometric Fees - CAD $85
To sum it up-
 
PR Applicant Fees
CAD
INR
Single person
$1595
₹96,005
Couple
$3190
₹1,92,011
Family of three
$3415
₹2,05,554
Family of four
$3640
₹2,19,958
 

Contact the Best Canadian Immigration Consultant in India 

Stark Visas is regarded as the Best Canadian Immigration Consultant in India. We have our experts in Canada immigration who will assist you through the PR application process and documentation. 
 
We have helped thousands of applicants to immigrate to their dream destination, Canada. Our years of experience will be an add-on factor for your immigration procedure. Right from the documentation work to post- landing service, we will be there by your side. 
 
In this process, you will have a lot of queries and you can definitely reach out to us anytime.

Read these FAQs

Is it still easy to get PR in Canada?

We at Stark Visas are here to make your Canada PR Visa process seamless.

How many years is PR for Canada?

Your Permanent Resident cards are valid for up to 5 years. Ans 3.

Is IELTS mandatory for Canada PR?

IELTS is considered a valid exam for testing English proficiency by the IRCC, however, it is not mandatory for getting your Canadian PR.

What is the fastest PR in Canada?

Express Entry is the fastest and the most popular immigration program for Canada PR.

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