If you apply to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system, you’ll become a Canadian permanent resident. As a permanent resident, you’ll receive many benefits in Canada!
What is a Permanent Resident?
Permanent residency is a type of immigration status in Canada. In order to become a permanent resident, a person must go through an immigration program. The most popular immigration pathway for permanent residents is economic immigration, which includes the Express Entry system, though a lot of permanent residents are also sponsored by their spouse or parent who already has status in Canada.
5 Benefits of Permanent Residency
Here are 5 of the major benefits you’ll experience once you become a Canadian permanent resident:
1 – YOU CAN LIVE AND WORK ANYWHERE IN CANADA
You will have the legal right to live and work anywhere in the country! If you start off in Montreal but you find a better job in Toronto, you will have every right to move. Permanent residents aren’t tied to a specific employer or a specific province.
2 – YOU GET ACCESS TO UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES
All permanent residents have access to Canada’s healthcare and social services. Canadian healthcare is universal, this means that you will have access to free medical care!
3 – YOU CAN SPONSOR YOUR SPOUSE AND CHILDREN
Once you are a permanent resident, you can apply to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, and dependent children to join you in Canada. That said, if you immigrate through Express Entry, you can include your family on your initial application so you won’t have to sponsor them later on!
4 – YOU CAN BECOME A CANADIAN CITIZEN
Becoming a permanent resident is the first step to becoming a Canadian citizen. Once you’ve resided in Canada for three out of five years, you’ll be eligible to become a citizen!
5 – IT CAN’T BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU
Once you are a permanent resident, the status can’t be taken away from you, unless you commit a serious crime or you fail to meet your residency obligation. All permanent residents must stay in Canada for two out of every five years, otherwise they won’t be eligible to renew their status.
To find out if you are eligible to become a Canadian permanent resident, simply complete our free online assessment! A member of the Migrate International Team will review your eligibility and will contact you to discuss your immigration options.