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Understanding the Differences: Permanent Residency vs. Citizenship in Canada

Publish Date: 09/12/2023

This year, Canada will welcome 465,000 new permanent residents —a record-breaking annual immigrant intake that is only likely to increase in coming years.

  • Canadian permanent residents are not required to become citizens.
  • Primary differences between permanent residents and citizens include voting rights, holding public office, and job restrictions for permanent residents.
  • Permanent residents must reside in Canada for at least 730 days within a five-year period to maintain their status.
  • Sponsored permanent residents may face restrictions on accessing certain government services if not reimbursed by the sponsor.
  • Permanent residents have different travel requirements and documents compared to citizens.
  • Conditions of permanent residence include meeting the 730-day residency requirement within five years.
  • The PR status does not expire at the same time as the PR card.

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