Difference Canada PR Status VS Canadian Citizenship

The Canada Permanent Residency(PR) status is a status that determines the stay of someone in Canada which the foreigners receive, the candidate with the Permanent Residency(PR) status is not the citizen of Canada but of another country. But, Canadian Citizenship means a citizen who is someone who is born in Canada, whose parents are from Canada or if someone is adopted by a Canadian parent. The main difference between the Canadian Permanent Residency(PR) status and Canadian citizenship is that for a foreigner in order become a Canadian Citizenship the candidate must first become a Permanent Resident of the country.


What are the major benefits of Permanent Residency(PR) status of Canada?

The Permanent Residency(PR) status of Canada is a family visa that is allotted for a period of five years and it is basically like a green card of US and the rights that are offered to a Permanent Residency(PR) status holder in Canada is very similar to the Canadian Citizen rights.

Some of the prime benefits of the Permanent Residency(PR) status are –

  • Right to live, study and work anywhere in Canada
  • Right to healthcare
  • Right to education
  • Protection of crime under the Canadian charter 6 of rights and freedom
  • Right to sponsor someone in Canada
  • Right to apply for Canadian Citizenship after two years of stay in Canada.

Remember, since the Permanent Residency(PR) status holders enjoy benefits like Canadian citizens then they also share the responsibilities like the Canadian Citizens like paying taxes and abiding by the Canadian laws.

But few things that the Permanent Residents can’t do and the Canadian citizens can do are –

  • They cannot vote
  • They cannot run an office
  • There are certain government positions that cannot hold that require high level security clearance.
  • They do not get a Canadian passport.


What does it mean to be a Canadian Citizen?

Once the Permanent Residency(PR) status is achieved the candidate can apply for the Canadian citizenship.  As a Canadian Citizens the candidate can apply for a Canadian passport and can participate in the politics freely through voting and also standing up for elections themselves.  Thus in a way you can say that there is no difference between the naturalized citizen and citizens who are born in Canada.


The processing of the applications is done online these days in the age of technology and internet therefore the candidate has the liberty to choose the best in the industry based on the track record and services offered rather than settling for a consultancy firm which is geographically favourable. Nationwide Immigration services is a trusted name with over 10,000 applications being processed. There is a team of experts to counsel and guide you about the process and file your documents. To book a session with our experts you can call us at 011-461-7777 or you can also write to us at info@natiowidevisas.com

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