Permanent residence status is granted to someone who has immigrated to Canada but is not a citizen. A permanent resident of Canada is a citizen of another country who is legally authorized to live and work in Canada.
A permanent resident in Canada has the right to:
- Reside, study, and/or work anywhere in Canada;
- Receive most social benefits offered to Canadian citizens, including health care coverage;
- Be protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian laws; and
- Apply for Canadian citizenship.
SDLC provides legal services relating to an individual's permanent residency application including:
- family class applications (such as spousal, common-law, parent and grandparent sponsorship);
- economic immigration applications such as Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled. Worker Class and Provincial Nominee Class);
- Start-Up Visa;
- Self-Employed Persons and Caregivers; and
- Humanitarian and compassionate cases.