Canadian Citizenship & PR Card
Canadian citizens have more rights than that of a permanent resident. Their status is more protected and cannot be deported as permanent residents are. Citizens have the right to vote.
Permanent Residents can apply for Canadian citizenship if they meet the residency requirements that is – present in Canada for at least 1,095 days within the past 5 years, they can apply for citizenship. Along with the application, they should submit their proof of filing income tax. Applicants between 18 to 54 years of age must provide the proof of language skills and pass the citizenship test.
One can also become Canadian Citizen if :
- He is born in Canada.
- Minor child can receive citizenship along with parent or legal guardian.
- Child is born outside Canada, but either parent is naturalised or Canadian born citizen.
The Canadian Permanent Resident card is an identification document of permanent residents and serve as a travel document, which allows permanent residents to return back to Canada by commercial carrier. Confirmation of Permanent residence document and PR card are the two ways to prove your PR status in Canada. PR card is valid for 5 years. And it can be extended by fulfilling the residency obligation that is – One must be physically present in Canada for 2years within the past 5 years.
If you do not have valid PR card, you must apply for Permanent residence travel document to be able to return to Canada by commercial carrier.