Unless you are deliberately only travelling to Canada on a short-term basis with the intention of returning home, you may be hoping that your visa ultimately becomes a permanent right of entry.
Canada permanent residency requirements:
But permanent residency – or Canada permanent residency as it is often known as – isn't granted easily; in many cases you will have to wait a considerable length of time before it is agreed.
However, if you are lucky enough to obtain Canada permanent residency
, then you may soon become familiar with the Canada permanent residency card. This is the credit card sized card which shows that you hold Canada permanent residency and have the right to come and go from the country when you want to.
A Canada permanent residency card is not essential if you don't plan on leaving the country but if you do and want to re-enter by commercial means, such as boat, train or plane, you will need to be able to show it upon arrival. If you are planning on travelling by private transport such as a car, a Canada permanent residency card is not the only document which is acceptable; you could also provide your Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) as an alternative.
The Canada permanent residency cards do not have an infinite lifespan; most are valid for around 5 years. Therefore if you plan on leaving the country you will need to ensure that it is not due to expire before you return. If this is the case you should arrange for a new one to be sent to you in advance.
Canada permanent residency eligibility:
It is possible to apply for a new Canada permanent residency card, or even ask for your first one to be sent to you if you weren't provided with one initially. The processing times are variable but if you need the card urgently, because you are due to travel for example, you may be able to get it more quickly. You can check the current processing times online at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Holding Canada permanent residency is not the same as being a citizen; the latter does not require a card to confirm the right to reside. If you ultimately go on to become a citizen you will have to hand back your Canada permanent residency card at the ceremony. Native Canadians or registered Indians under the Indian Act are not required to hold a card to confirm their status either.