what is permanent resident?
a permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to canada, but is not a canadian citizen. permanent residents are citizens of other countries.
a person in canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.
what can permanent residents do?
as a permanent resident, you have the right to:
- get most social benefits that canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage,
- live, work or study anywhere in canada,
- apply for canadian citizenship,
- 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.
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