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Permanent Residence

A Permanent Resident refers to an individual who has legally immigrated to Canada but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent Residents are citizens of other countries and have lawful right of abode in Canada. This page is meant to provide University of Calgary students with basic information on how to obtain Permanent Residence (PR) in Canada.

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Pathways to permanent residence

A Permanent Resident refers to an individual who has legally immigrated to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent Residents are citizens of other countries and have lawful right of abode in Canada. .

As a starting point, we encourage students to refer to the following resources for information on the most common pathways to permanent residence for UCalgary international students:

Steps to book a Permanent Residence (PR) appointment

Attend a PR information session

 

Students must attend a PR information session before booking an appointment with our PR Specialist Advisor.

PR sessions are two hours in length and held once a month January through November. There is limited capacity for these events. Events are posted routinely, and we recommend checking the events page frequently.

View upcoming information sessions

Book a PR Appointment

You must first attend a PR information session prior to booking a one-on-one appointment.

Book an appointment

Applying for Permanent Residency

ISS doesn’t answer questions related to permanent residence matters via email.  We recommend you book a one-on-one permanent residence advising appointment. 

No, you don’t need to hire a representative.

IRCC states applicants can apply on their own or with the help of a representative, such as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant or lawyer. Before you hire an immigration consultant or lawyer, you’re advised to learn more about representatives and how to choose an immigration representative.

Yes, permanent residents of Canada are required to maintain their status by living in Canada for 730 days in a five-year period. PR status may be lost if residency requirements are not met.

No, you can’t. To apply for Canadian citizenship, you must be a Permanent Resident of Canada and meet certain conditions such as residency requirements, language skills and income tax filing. To learn more on Canadian citizenship visit Canadian citizenship - Canada.ca.