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Maintaining Your Status

Becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident means you are allowed to stay in Canada permanently. You will gain access to most of the same rights and privileges as Canadian citizens, including the right to freely live and work anywhere in Canada and access Canadian social services.

In order to maintain your status as a Permanent Resident, it is important that you continue to make Canada your home. You may lose your status as a Permanent Resident if you become a non-resident of Canada or if you are convicted of a serious crime.

Permanent Residents are required to live in Canada for ​2 out of every f​5 years. For this reason, Permanent Residents should track all their entries and exits from Canada in order to ensure that they continue to maintain their status. You will need to provide this information in order to prove your continued Permanent Resident status when you renew your Permanent Resident card.


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