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Immigrate to Canada from India:
Permanent Status

Each year, many citizens in India seek a better life for themselves by immigrating to Canada. Canada is often a top choice because it consistently ranks among the best and safest countries in the world. When immigrating to Canada most Indian immigrants settle in Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Ottawa, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta and Montreal, Quebec. If you are considering Immigration to Canada from India, one of your first considerations will be the category of Immigration in which you should apply.

Since 1996, the Canadian immigration lawyers at Abrams & Krochak have assisted thousands of individuals from India to choose the appropriate Canada Immigration category and most expedient means of coming to this country, according to Canada Immigration laws. To learn more, please click on the various links on the right of the page for an overview of the various Canada Immigration categories open to applicants.

Once you have determined which category best suits your goals and qualifications, please proceed to complete our free Canada Immigration Eligibility Assessment questionnaire, which will enable our Canadian immigration lawyers to assess your eligibility to immigrate to Canada from India, in accordance with Canadian Immigration laws. There is no cost to you and we’ll respond within one business day. Feel free to complete as many Online Assessment Questionnaires as you deem relevant to your unique circumstances. Each assessment is carefully reviewed by our team of Canadian immigration attorneys in Toronto.

Canadian Immigration Laws: Permanent Residence Status

When emigrating from India, obtaining a “permanent resident status of Canada” is also known as “Immigration to Canada” or becoming a “landed immigrant of Canada”. The successful outcome of the Canada Immigration Application process is the issuance of a Canada immigrant visa, which confers permanent status upon the applicant who, as a permanent resident, will enjoy all the same rights and privileges as those of a Canadian citizen (i.e. free health care, free elementary and secondary education, subsidized post-secondary education, the right to work in Canada) with just a few exceptions.

Unlike Canadian citizens,

  1. a permanent resident cannot vote;
  2. a permanent resident cannot hold a Canadian passport; and
  3. a permanent resident can be deported for certain criminal convictions.

When to Apply for Canadian Citizenship After Emigrating from India

As a Canadian permanent resident you are eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship after residing in Canada for at least a total of 1095 days within any consecutive four (4) year period of time after receiving Canadian Permanent Residence. Once you have obtained Canadian Citizenship you may apply for a Canadian passport.

In accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada, a permanent resident must reside in Canada for a total of at least 730 days within the five (5) years prior to the date of expiration on his/her Permanent Resident Card in order to be eligible to renew the Permanent Resident Card, subject to certain exceptions.

If you have been granted a Canadian immigrant visa you must present yourself to a Canada Immigration officer at one of the official ports of entry of Canada to become a permanent resident.

To become eligible as a permanent resident of Canada, you must meet the requirements of one (1) of five (5) classes of Immigration:

  • the Federal Skilled Worker Class,
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Class,
  • the Canadian Experience Class,
  • the Family Class or the Business Class, OR
  • qualify as a provincial nominee.

Permanent Status - Canada Immigration Categories:

Temporary Status In Canada:

If you wish to come to Canada on a temporary basis, you can come as either a visitor, a student or a worker, assuming, of course, that you meet eligibility requirements.