Canada’s “Green Card”

It will come as a bit of a surprise to most of the readers, that the Canada has its version of the United States of America’s “Green Card.” It is known as The Canadian Permanent Resident Card. It permits the users of this card to work, reside and move freely in any part of the Canada like a citizen/permanent resident of the country. It does not have a set time limit, which means it depends on how long you want to stick with it. It was announced in Canada on 28th June of the year 2002 after the introduction of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

The Green Card is a legally binding document provided to a person who applies for a permanent residency. The term Green Card became highly prominent when it was introduced by the United States of America. It allows the Green Card holder to visit, work and reside like a permanent resident of U.S.A. Hence, both the Green Card and the Canadian Permanent Resident Card allows the holder to work and reside in the respective countries.

Let’s familiarize with some pros of Permanent Residency

To start with the advantages permanent residency has to offer first, comes on the list is the ability to maneuver anywhere in the whole of Canada. You can work and live in any city of any province in the turf of Canada. You can also move around the country in search for better employment opportunities.

You can also bring your dependent to stay with you as backed by the Canadian Permanent Resident Card. Your newborn baby will be given Canadian citizenship if he/she is born in the territory of Canada. A permanent resident cardholder also has stable access to the healthcare services provided by the Government of the Canada.

What do you need to do to maintain your permanent resident card?

To uphold your permanent resident card, you need to be physically present for at least 730 (seven hundred and thirty days) in 5 (five) years. The stays can be irregular and need not essentially be continuous. If you do not adhere to the said time, then you can get your permanent resident card canceled. You can vacate and enter Canada anytime you want. But you need to present your card to the visa officer when entering the country. So, it is pertinent to carry your card every time you travel in and out of Canada.