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Canada PR

Canada PR (Permanent Residency). The PR card is a status document that provides secure proof of permanent resident status. A permanent resident is someone who has acquired permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not yet a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents have rights and privileges in Canada even though they remain citizens of their home country. To become a Canadian citizen, you must have permanent resident status in Canada, and that status must not be in doubt.

What permanent residents can do

As a permanent resident, you and your dependents have the right:

  • To receive most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage.
  • To live, work or study anywhere in Canada.
  • To apply for Canadian citizenship.
  • To protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

You must pay taxes, and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

What permanent residents cannot do

As a permanent resident, you and your dependents cannot:

  • Vote or run for political office.
  • Hold certain jobs that have a high-level security clearance requirement.
  • Remain in Canada if you are convicted of a serious criminal offence and have been told to leave the country.

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