Permanent resident status

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) establishes residency requirements and obligations with respect to each 5-year period after becoming a permanent resident. The intent of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), which govern the residency obligations of permanent residents, is to

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is responsible for the administration of IRPA. Permanent resident status determination is an IRCC policy responsibility.

Permanent resident card as a status document

Subsection A31(1) provides for permanent residents of Canada to be issued a document indicating their status. IRPR further defines the term “status document” by designating the permanent resident card as the document issued to permanent residents to indicate their status under subsection R53(1). The permanent resident card provides holders with a convenient document that facilitates their travel to Canada.

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