What does Canadian permanent resident status
Pursuant to the provisions of Canada’s constitutional
laws, once you become a Canadian permanent resident,
you are permitted to permanently reside in Canada
and earn a livelihood in any one of the country's
ten provinces or three territories. You may attend
primary, secondary and post-secondary education institutions
in the various provincially administered public school
systems without paying extra tuition fees. You also
qualify for provincially administered universal health
As permanent residents of Canada, you and your dependants
will have the same rights and obligations as Canadian
citizens with the exception of the right to vote or
run for office.
How long does it take to obtain a permanent
Depending upon the time of year, the immigration office
in question and other factors, the processing time
for an application for permanent residence filed under
the economic class may vary between 6 to 40 months.
This is the time generally needed to demonstrate
- the applicant's qualification under one of
the applicable categories,
- a clean bill of health for the principal applicant
and his/her accompanying dependants,
- sufficient assets to successfully establish
the family in Canada
- a confirmation of no criminal inadmissibility
for the applicant and the over-age accompanying
NOTE: The immigration offices in New Delhi, Islamabad,
Singapore and Beijing currently attract the most applications
and therefore have the longest processing times.
Who is included in the application for permanent
The application for permanent residence
- the principal applicant
- his/her spouse or common-law partner or conjugal
partner 16 years of age or older
- any unmarried children under the age of 22 years.
Children over the age of 22 may, in prescribed circumstances,
be included as accompanying family members.
supporting documents must I submit?
Supporting documentation generally includes evidence
of education, employment, assets, civil status, medical
exams, and a clean criminal record. Each visa office
has its own specific requirements for supporting documentation.
It is advisable to seek expert guidance or get instructions
from the particular visa office which will process your
application to ensure compliance with all their requirements.
Am I required to have a certain amount
Skilled worker applicants will generally
be required to prove that they have sufficient settlement
funds for themselves and any accompanying dependents.
They are expected to be able to support the landed
family (the principal applicant and all accompanying
dependents) until employment is obtained.
RELATIVE IN CANADA:
If I have a close relative in Canada, will
it benefit my application?
YES. Skilled worker applicants will
be awarded bonus points if they have a close relative
in Canada who is
The applicant is then referred to as an "assisted
- The applicant’s (or his/her accompanying
spouse’s) parent, grandparent, child, grandchild,
child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent,
aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident aged
19 years or over, residing in Canada
WORK EXPERIENCE &
JOB OFFER IN CANADA:
Is work experience a requirement?
Work experience is a critical requirement
for a Skilled Worker immigrant. Applicants must be
able to demonstrate at least (1) one year's work experience
in an occupation appearing on the General Occupations
Applicants with a government validated
job offer in Canada will receive bonus points.
Must the experience have
been accumulated on a full-time basis?
Must it have been accumulated continuously?
Part-time work experience is acceptable.
It is assessed in proportion to a standard full-time
working week. For example, a two-year part-time position
requiring approximately 20 hours of work per week
will be counted as one year of full-time experience.
Non-consecutive work experience in
positions involving the same duties may also be counted,
if the total work experience meets the minimum experience
How is experience in a previous
or current occupation evaluated when that occupation
differs from the applicant's education?
Under the current selection criteria,
such experience is fully counted towards the assessment
of the applicant's work experience.
Is credit given for experience
gained during post-secondary studies?
YES. As long as the experience gained
at that time is consistent with the definition of
appearing on the General Occupations List, it can
be counted towards the assessment of the total work
Is it obligatory to have
a job offer in Canada before applying as a skilled
worker in order to qualify under this category?
You are not required to obtain an employment offer
to qualify as a skilled worker.
Can I apply if I do not yet
have the required minimum work experience?
Applicants without one year of work
experience in an "open" occupation (6 months
for applicants destined to Quebec or Manitoba) are
required to demonstrate arranged employment in Canada.
What are the applicable processing
fees to process an application for permanent residence?
Applications for permanent residence
must include the appropriate fees for all applicants
(principal applicant and their accompanying dependants).
The fees are divided into
These fees are non-refundable and
must be included with your application at the time
LANDING FEES (Right of Permanent Residence
- CAD$ 550 for the principal
applicant and each dependant aged 22 years or
- CAD$ 150 for each dependant
under 22 years of age.
These fees are refundable and may
be paid at any time during the processing of your
application or upon request by the visa office, prior
to the issuance of the permanent resident visa(s)
490$CAD for the principal applicant
and each dependant aged 22 years or older
Applicants are encouraged to verify
payment procedures and applicable options with local
In order to determine your eligibility
for Canadian permanent residence, we invite you to
complete our online evaluation form.
To arrange for a consultation, discuss
your eligibility and advise you on the appropriate
line of action, we invite you to call
us. Please be informed that a consultation fee of
200 $CAD will be applicable.