Canada is one of the most wanted countries according to recent surveys. With thousands of jobs along the way, beautiful landscapes that are becoming a major tourist attraction, thriving cities, and a multicultural community make it a very interesting place to live. In fact, a quarter of a million people emigrate to Canada each year from various parts of the world. Now the first step to becoming a Canadian citizen is to obtain permanent resident status (you will get a PR card as proof of your PR status) and there are a number of ways to qualify. They are:
1. Skilled and professional workers
2. Skilled workers and professionals in Quebec
3. Canadian Experience Category
4. Investors, businessmen, and freelancers
5. Regional applicants
6. Take care of your family
7. Marriage to a Canadian citizen
Under the following categories/programs, a qualified person can apply for Canadian citizenship through Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC. In almost all programs, a person must live and work in Canada for at least two years before applying for permanent resident status. This is because it helps the government assess you if you are fit to join their community and the contribution you can make. Once you have obtained a PR card, you will need to stay in Canada for 3 years to meet the citizenship requirement for 5 years, and then CIC will grant you citizenship.
Being permanent in Canada allows you to receive certain benefits, including obtaining the right to social benefits (for you and your family as well). You also have the right to live, work or study anywhere in Canada, to apply for ultimate citizenship and protection under Canadian law. The only difference between a person in a public relations position and a Canadian citizen is that you cannot vote and that you are not authorized to hold positions that require a high security clearance from the Canadian government.
Failure to meet the requirements for permanent residence in Canada will void your PR status. Likewise, if you are found guilty of a serious crime, you will lose your permanent resident status and be immediately deported to your country of origin.
Hundreds of thousands of foreigners have benefited from Canadian immigration programs and, for this reason, many subcultures in Canada have been adapted by immigrants from different countries. In one way or another, Canadians have also benefited from these immigrants not only in the services they provide, but also in cultural exchanges. For example, it has recently been reported that Asian immigrants are promoting a healthy lifestyle that most Canadians are now beginning to accept in their private lives. Apart from the usual things generally expected in Canada once you become a permanent resident, the sidelines include pockets of cross culture found in most places in Canada.