Why Become a Permanent Resident of Canada? That is one question you may already have, particularly if you have conducted some research into the process’s requirements. After all, becoming a permanent resident is not easy.
Therefore, why should one become a permanent resident? The answer is straightforward: you will gain additional rights.
When you become a permanent resident of Canada, you automatically acquire the vast majority of the rights and privileges accorded to Canadian citizens. The following is a partial list of some of these rights:
– You have a right to equal treatment and protection under the law.
– You have certain legal rights, including the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, to have an interpreter present in the courtroom, and, if necessary, to have a lawyer.
– You have the right to enter and exit Canada as you please, as well as to move freely between provinces.
– You are free to work and study anywhere in Canada (you cannot hold some high-security government positions, however.)
While the majority of these rules also apply to temporary Canadian residents, certain social service benefits are specifically or primarily intended to assist permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
Among these benefits are the following:
– Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) – For low-income families with children under the age of 18, the Canadian government provides monthly tax-free payments to assist with expenses.
– Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, and Canada Pension Plan – Each of these programmes is designed to assist workers financially once they reach retirement age, which is currently 65. To qualify, you must meet specific residency requirements and have contributed to the system through Canadian taxation. However, the majority of permanent residents will be eligible for at least partial reimbursement under these programmes.
– Universal health care – The Canadian universal health care programme covers the majority of necessary medical expenses. These costs include emergency room visits, immunizations, and yearly exams, among others.
– Free education – All children under the age of 18 in Canada’s public school system are entitled to a free education.
– Maternity and parental leave – In Canada, working parents are entitled to time off following the birth or adoption of a child. Women are entitled to up to 12 months of maternity leave at a rate of 50–65% of their normal income. Parental leave is also available on a partially paid basis for up to 35 weeks. One parent may take the entire 35 weeks or both parents may split the time (i. e. one parent takes 20 weeks while the other takes 15 weeks). To qualify for parental leave, you must have worked for at least 600 hours in Canada.
When you become a permanent resident of Canada, you gain access to all of these benefits and more.
Additionally, being a permanent resident entitles you to apply for citizenship in Canada after only three years of living and working in the country.
Once a citizen, you are eligible to run for political office, participate in political activities, and vote in elections. Additionally, you can maintain dual citizenship, which means that you do not have to give up citizenship in your home country in order to benefit from Canadian citizenship.