Steps for Getting Canadian Citizenship and Permanent Residency

Foreigners who want to live in Canada can get a status called “permanent residence.

After applying, these citizens would get a permanent resident card as proof that they live in Canada permanently.


Even if you live in Canada for good, that doesn’t make you a Canadian citizen. When people from other countries move to Canada, they stay there for good.


The visa application process for Canada can be found in the link provided below.

Why living in Canada full time is a good thing

When you move to Canada to live permanently, you will enjoy certain benefits. Here are some but not all:

It gives you access to Canadian health and social services.
Once the requirements are met, you can apply for Canadian citizenship.
It allows you to leave Canada and return at any time. It protects you under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
This gives you the freedom to live, study and work anywhere in Canada of your choosing.
What you need to do to become a Canadian citizen

Before you can apply to live in Canada permanently, you have to make and send in an Express Entry profile. You will need the following papers to do this:

A passport, the results of a language test, an ECA report, or proof of Canadian education.
Extra documents could include

Provincial nomination, if applicable: Proof of experience, a letter of employment from a Canadian employer, and a certificate of qualification in a trade occupation from a Canadian province.
You’ll need the following things to apply for permanent residence in Canada after you get an Invitation to Apply.

Certificates of birth
Evidence of money
Medical exams
Police certificate
Form of a common law union (if you have a common-law partner)
If you said you were married, you should have a marriage certificate.
Divorce certificate if you said you were no longer married.
If you said “widowed” as your marital status, you need to show proof that your partner died.
Adoption certificate if you said “adopted” for a child you were responsible for.
You might also need the following documents:

Digital pictures to prove who you are
Proof that your family member in Canada is related to you
Other names that can be used to confirm an alias
You should only give the above-mentioned documents if your personalized document checklist asks for them.

Below are the most important information and application you need before relocating to Canada.


Step-by-step guide to applying for permanent residency in Canada

You have 60 days from the date you receive your ITA (Invitation to Apply) to begin the application process, so you must do this as soon as you receive your ITA.

Fill out the online form. To do this, you must log into your account and click on the link to apply for permanent residence via Express Entry.
Make sure you send all the required documents.
If you do not fill out all mandatory fields, your application will not be sent.
You can save your information on the form and return it as many times as you like.
Proof of permanent residency somewhere

Once you become a permanent resident of Canada, you can apply for a residency card. With this card you can cross any border in Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is where you can apply for all permanent residence cards.

How long can I use my Canadian PR card?

PR cards usually last 5 years, but sometimes they only last a year. The card’s expiration date will be clear.

It needs to be renewed at least six months before it runs out, and you have to go through the application process again.

You have to be in Canada if you want to renew your Canadian PR card. No addresses outside of Canada can get a Canadian PR card.

If your PR card expires while you are outside of Canada, you will need your Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD). You won’t be able to get into Canada without it.