Newcomers to Canada have the opportunity to become permanent residents (PR), which is one of the most attractive aspects of moving to the country. Permanent residence status gives individuals the ability to reside in Canada, study, work, and live as they wish (within the bounds of the law).
Many newcomers may not be aware of the benefits that come with obtaining PR in Canada. There are easier access to education, employment, and support opportunities. PR status can make accessing higher education at lower rates possible, including financial aid options like scholarships and bursaries.
Another advantage of PR status is the wider access to settlement services, funded at the federal and provincial level. Services such as language learning, employment help, health assistance, and social events are available to PRs, giving them a boost in resettling in Canada.
Additionally, PRs with a valid Permanent Residence card can obtain visa-free travel to several countries, providing a new level of travel freedoms that temporary residents do not have.
It’s important for PRs to check specific entry and visit requirements for each of the visa-free travel countries to ensure there are no extra travel complications. For more information on Canadian immigration and to learn if you are eligible, visit the Canada Visa website.
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