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Permanent Residence


It is part of the very nature of Canada to welcome immigrants to the country. Canada has a great infrastructure in place that attracts potential immigrants to the country including universal healthcare, the right to free education, and policies which support families and the elderly. As a permanent resident of Canada, you are afforded many of the benefits of this infrastructure, but are not considered a citizen.

Permanent residency is the first step to citizenship in Canada, and Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky has over 20 years of experience helping individuals achieve permanent resident status as part of their immigration journey.

What is the Process for Becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada?

Applying for permanent residency involves a number of steps which must be carefully followed in order to achieve the desired results. As there are many different application categories, your first step is to determine what application route best suits your situation. Immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky can evaluate your circumstances and help you determine the proper application category.

For example, certain skilled workers may be granted permanent residency based on their accumulated “points” which are assessed based on their their skill level, education, work experience, and knowledge of English and/or French.

Additionally, you may take an alternate route to permanent residency through a sponsoring family member. A current Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor certain family members to become permanent residents of Canada. An eligible family member includes a spouse, common law or conjugal partner, dependent children, or (in limited circumstances) other family members.

You may also look to a Provincial Nominee Program in your territory or province. This program allows a province to nominate you to permanent resident status based on your current employment status or your employer’s recommendation within the province.

Finally, you may apply for permanent residence after having been determined a Convention refugee or protected person or in limited circumstances if you can demonstrate a substantial hardship based on “Humanitarian and Compassionate” grounds.

Permanent Residence – Benefits & Conditions

As a permanent resident, you have the right to receive most social benefits other Canadian citizens receive, such as health care coverage; you have the right to live, work, or study in any territory or province in Canada; you may apply for Canadian citizenship; and you receive protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, as a permanent resident you cannot vote or run for political office and you cannot hold a job which requires high-level security clearance.

While you are a permanent resident in Canada, you are allowed to live outside the country but in most circumstances, you must physically reside in Canada for 2 out of every 5 years. You may lose your permanent resident status if you are convicted of a serious crime and ordered deported from Canada.

If you are considering applying for permanent resident status in Canada, you should contact an experienced immigration lawyer in Ontario to help you understand the process. Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky of Butkowsky Immigration Law has over 20 years of experience in handling immigration matters, and will guide you through the application process so that your journey to permanent resident status in Canada is as efficient and trouble-free as possible.


Larry Butkowsky and his legal team are ready and available to assist you and your family in achieving your immigration goals. The firm focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law, and represents clients who wish to become permanent residents or citizens, as well as those seeking temporary entry or short-term residence in Canada for work or educational purposes. Larry also helps those seeking refugee protection. Larry can assist clients with every step of the immigration process, from determining which immigration avenue is right for you to completing applications and paperwork to helping you prepare for interviews. Larry also advocates for his clients in immigration litigation, including appeals, judicial reviews, hearings, and deportation proceedings. With more than two decades of experience, Larry Butkowsky has earned the respect of the Toronto legal community and the gratitude of many satisfied clients. He is committed to protecting his clients’ rights and making sure that the immigration and transition to Canadian life is a smooth one. His firm is located at 41 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, or he may be reached by calling (416) 979-2127.

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