Becoming a permanent resident of Canada means you get to enjoy living, studying, or working anywhere in the country, applying for Canadian citizenship, receiving social benefits, and being protected under Canadian law. If you finally achieve this important milestone, congratulations! Make the most out of this privilege and ensure your life in Canada is successful as possible by following the tips below:
Meet the residency requirements
You must live in Canada for at least seven hundred thirty days or two years during the last five years as soon as you officially obtain your permanent resident status. This two-year period does not have to be consecutive. For instance, some of your time abroad may count as part of the two-year residency period.
Make sure that you “landed” as a permanent resident
Merely receiving a notification that your application for permanent residence in Canada has been approved and collecting your Confirmation of Permanent Residence Documents (COPR) is not enough. To keep your permanent resident status, you must “land” as a permanent resident before the expiry date in your COPR documents. You can become a “landed” permanent resident in different ways, such as:
Entering Canada for the first time
Suppose you were outside of Canada when your application for permanent residence was approved. In that case, you will fall into the “landed” category when you enter the country for the first time in a Canadian airport or at a land port of entry.
As such, allot at least three hours layover in the first Canadian airport you will enter if you are flying. Doing this gives you plenty of time to complete the landing process at your first Canadian stop before you can board any connecting flights.
Make an appointment for a permanent resident landing interview
Scheduling an appointment for a permanent resident landing interview at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) by reaching out to Canada immigration experts is ideal if you have a valid temporary status and are in Canada when your application for permanent residence was approved. Another way of becoming a “landed” permanent resident is to leave the country and re-enter by driving to a land border or flying back.
Record your travels outside of Canada
Tracking your time in Canada is your responsibility. You can use a travel journal, apply for or renew your PR card, or ask a Canadian border officer when you enter the country to know how long you have been in Canada.
Other ways to record your travels or maintain proof of your time in Canada are keeping your boarding passes when flying and asking to have your passport stamped whenever possible. Doing this will help you when you need to apply for a new PR card and Canadian citizenship. Both require a list of all your travel outside of Canada, so it’s a good practice to record your travels as early as now.
Obtaining a permanent resident status in Canada provides you with various benefits that can improve your quality of life. However, you have the responsibility of meeting your residency obligations, so make sure to remember and follow the tips in this guide to make the most out of your privilege. On the other hand, seek help from an immigration agency if you need assistance in ensuring a hassle-free application process.
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