How to Get Permanent Residency in Canada 2024 (FULL GUIDE)

Here’s a general guide based on the information available up to my last update:


1. Choose the Right PR Program:

  • Identify the most suitable immigration program for your situation. Common programs include Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Family Sponsorship, and Quebec-selected skilled workers.

2. Express Entry System:

  • If applying through Express Entry, create an online profile. Your eligibility will be assessed based on factors like age, education, work experience, and language proficiency in English and/or French.

3. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS):

  • Understand the Comprehensive Ranking System used in Express Entry. Improve your CRS score by factors such as language proficiency, education credentials, work experience, and obtaining a valid job offer.

4. Job Bank (if applicable):

  • If you do not have a valid job offer, consider registering with the Job Bank. This platform connects Express Entry candidates with potential employers in Canada.

5. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP):

  • If applying through a Provincial Nominee Program, explore eligibility criteria and application processes specific to the province. Receive a nomination from a province to boost your CRS score.

6. Family Sponsorship:

  • If you have a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, they may be able to sponsor you for PR. Understand the eligibility criteria and requirements for family sponsorship.

7. Quebec Immigration (if applicable):

  • If planning to settle in Quebec, follow the immigration process specific to the province. Quebec has its own immigration rules, and candidates often need to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).

8. Submit PR Application:

  • Once you are eligible, submit your PR application to IRCC. Ensure all required forms and supporting documents are included. Pay the applicable fees.

9. Medical Examination and Police Clearance:

  • Undergo a medical examination by an approved panel physician. Provide police clearance certificates for all countries you have lived in for more than six months since turning 18.

10. Biometrics:

  • If required, provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo) as part of the application process.

11. Wait for a Decision:

  • After submitting your application, wait for a decision from IRCC. Processing times vary, and you can check the status of your application online.

12. Receive Confirmation of PR Status:

  • If approved, you will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a Permanent Resident Visa (if applicable).

13. Travel to Canada:

  • If outside Canada, use your COPR and PR Visa to travel to Canada. If already in Canada, you will receive further instructions.

14. Complete Landing Process:

  • Upon arrival in Canada, complete the landing process to officially become a permanent resident. Obtain your Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) if applicable.

15. Start Your New Life in Canada:

  • Settle into your new life in Canada, explore employment opportunities, and consider Canadian citizenship after meeting the residency requirements.


  • Stay informed about changes in immigration policies.
  • Consult with immigration professionals if needed.
  • Utilize official government resources for accurate information.

This guide provides a general overview, and it is crucial to consult the official website of IRCC or seek professional advice for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


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