As a permanent resident, you and your dependants have: The Right to receive most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage. The Right to live, work or study anywhere in Canada. The Right to apply forCanadian citizenship after a period of residence.

The permanent resident (PR) card
Your PR card can be used to show that you have permanent resident status in Canada. If you travel outside Canada, you will need to show your card and your passport when you come back on a commercial vehicle, like an airplane, boat, train or bus.

PRs traveling outside Canada who do not have a valid PR card, or who are not carrying it, need to apply for a permanent resident travel document before returning to Canada by commercial vehicle.

What permanent residents can do
As a permanent resident, you have the right to:
get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage,
live, work or study anywhere in Canada,
apply for Canadian citizenship,
protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

You must pay taxes and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

What permanent residents cannot do
You are not allowed to:
vote or run for political office,
hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance.

Here are the key benefits you get after becoming the permanent resident of Canada.
- Right of permanent residency: With the Canadian PR, you get the status of permanent resident of Canada, through which you can live, work or study anywhere in Canada and enjoy many other benefits similar to citizens of Canada.

- Sponsor eligible family members: As a Canadian permanent resident, you can sponsor eligible family members to come to Canada and get permanent residency here.

- Apply for Canadian Citizenship: A permanent resident can apply for Canadian Citizenship after spending certain period in Canada.

- Freedom to work anywhere in Canada: A Canadian permanent resident has a freedom to work anywhere in Canada under any employer. Except for a few high security government jobs meant for permanent citizens of Canada only.

- No Tax on income outside Canada: As a Canadian permanent resident or citizen you pay taxes on the basis of physical residency only and hence, there is no tax on the income earned outside Canada.

- Access to subsidized education: As a Canadian permanent resident, you have the access to subsidized post secondary education being provided by the federal as well as provincial governments in Canada. The permanent residents can also enroll in free English and French speaking courses being offered by the federal government.

- Social Security services and benefits: The Canadian permanent residents receive several social security services, i.e.
Social security to the people (unable to work due to disability or to those who can’t find work.
Basic pension
subsidized lodging for low income individuals
Worker’s compensation
Unemployment insurance
Subsidy on medication for low income people up to 98%
Free courses for job search training
Subsidized private nurseries

- Protection under Canadian Law: The permanent residents of Canada are protected under Canadian law and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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