A lot of Filipinos think about going to Canada, having heard of a little something called permanent residency. So, why do so many people want to become PR in Canada?
FILIPINOS WANT TO BECOME PR IN CANADA
Having permanent resident status, or PR is a goal many Filipinos have in mind. Why, you may ask?
Having permanent residency in Canada gives Filipinos quite a few benefits that you wouldn’t have if you were a tourist, an international student or an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).
BENEFITS OF BECOMING PR IN CANADA
If you have PR, you are allowed to live and work anywhere you’d like in Canada. You won’t be stuck working for a specific Canadian employer.
You’re free to move around Canada if you’d like. If you’re tired of living in Yukon, for example, you can always move to a warmer part of Canada.
Then there’s free healthcare and education. If you’re not feeling all that well, go see your doctor. Going to school without having to worry about tuition fees is very, very liberating.
Most importantly, in most cases, when Filipinos apply for Permanent Residents, it usually means submitting applications for their qualified dependents as well.
FAMILY REUNIFICATION IS THE BIGGEST REASON
For most people, this would mean their immediate family. Imagine being finally able to reunite your family after many years of being apart.
For most Filipinos, this reason alone would be enough to want to become a permanent resident.
Did you know that permanent residency doesn’t expire? Sure, your PR Card has an expiration date, but as long as you keep it valid, you can be a PR for as long as you desire.
If you’re the type of person that loves to travel, that means keeping in mind that you’ll have to be physically in Canada for two out of five years.
APPLY TO BECOME A CANADIAN CITIZEN
There’s of course the added bonus of being able to apply for Canadian citizenship. For staying three years inside Canada within a five year period, you are eligible to apply.
Canadian citizenship itself has many benefits, among which is the ability to vote during elections, as well as to run for public office.
Canada has many immigration programs that offer pathways to permanent residency. If this is what you’re thinking about, we’d suggest doing your research thoroughly.
NOT ALL OFWS WHO GO TO CANADA CAN APPLY FOR PR
A lot of Filipinos go through a lot of stress trying to navigate Canada’s complex immigration system. Remember, not all Filipinos who get to go to Canada, get to stay in Canada.
Remember, there are many ways to go to Canada. Figure out what your personal goals are, and plan your journey ahead of time. While it’s entirely possible to transition from one immigration status to another, sometimes the best path is the one that offers the least resistance.
CANADA IS A NO PLACEMENT FEE COUNTRY
Don’t forget: Canada is a No-Placement Fee country. Not all OFWs get a chance to apply for permanent residency. If you’re planning to stay, make sure that your job will allow you to apply for permanent residency. If not, you will need to leave Canada at the end of your contract.
There are many different ways to go to Canada. It’s up to you to decide which one is best for you and your family.
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