Permanent resident program

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This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the entry of permanent residents in a way that maximizes their economic, social, and cultural contribution to Canada while at the same time protecting the health, safety, and security of Canadians.

Economic classes

Instructions for processing applications submitted under economic classes, for which applicants are selected on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada

  • Federal skilled workers
  • Quebec skilled workers
  • Provincial nominees
  • Entrepreneurs and self- employed persons
  • Canadian experience class
  • Federal skilled trades class
  • Investors
  • Start-up business class
  • Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot
  • Caring for children and caring for people with high medical needs classes
  • Interim Pathway for Caregivers
  • Live-in Caregiver Program
  • Immigrant Investor Venture Capital class
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program
  • Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program
  • Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway

Non-economic classes

Permanent resident card and status

The permanent resident card (PR card) is the official proof of permanent resident status in Canada. There are residency requirements and obligations to obtain and maintain permanent resident status.

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