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Guide to Permanent Citizenship in Canada without Green Card Requirements (2024)

Understanding Permanent Citizenship in Canada

A status that permits you or allows you to live and work in international countries. Canada also grants permanent citizenship without any time limit on stays. Similar rules are eligible for permanent residency including the right to live, work, and study in any province or territory of Canada.

province or territory map of Canada

In Canada, the distinction between a province and a territory is based on the source of their power and authority. Provinces derive their authority from the Constitution Act of 1867, while territories are federal territories whose powers are delegated to them by the Parliament of Canada.

Benefits of permanent citizenship in Canada

Being a permanent citizen of any province in Canada you have major benefits covering as

  • Canada Pension Plan[1]

  • Universal health care in their province[2]

  • Rights, freedom, and protection as a charter

Canada's Immigration Policies in 2024

- Recent Changes in Immigration Policies

Canada has released its Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026.

Breakdown of immigration targets by class

In 2024, Canada will look to welcome about 281,135 immigrants in the economic class or 58% of the annual target. By 2026, this will rise to 301,250 immigrants or 60% of the annual target.

The family class target, in 2024, will be 114,000 immigrants, or 24% of all admissions. This will rise to 118,000 immigrants in 2026, which will also be 24% of all admissions.

Humanitarian admission targets will be 89,865 immigrants in 2024, or about 19% of all admissions. These totals include refugees, protected persons, and those admitted for humanitarian, compassionate, or other reasons. By 2026, the target will be 80,832 immigrants, or 16% of admissions.

Express Entry and PNP targets rise

The Express Entry target will be 110,700 permanent resident admissions in 2024, and this will rise to 117,500 immigrants in each of 2025 and 2026.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) target will be 110,000 immigrants in 2024, and rise to 120,000 in 2025, and another 120,000 in 2026.

Spousal, Partner, and Children sponsorship has a target of 82,000 admissions in 2024, and it will rise to 84,000 in each of 2025 and 2026.

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) target will be 32,000 immigrants in 2024, followed by 34,000 immigrants in each of 2025 and 2026.

- How to Apply for Permanent Citizenship in Canada

You can apply online under these two categories

  1. Adult section

  2. Minor subsection - age under 18 who has one parent who is a Canadian citizen

  3. Minor subsection - age under 18 who does not have one parent who is a Canadian citizen

Green card vs. Permanent citizenship in Canada

- Differences between a Green Card and Permanent Citizenship


Canadian Citizenship 

Permanent Residency





Right to vote, hold certain government jobs, live and work in Canada permanently 

Cannot vote, hold certain government jobs, live and work in Canada permanently

Eligibility requirements

Must be a permanent resident, have lived in Canada for at least 3 out of the last 5 years, have filed your taxes, and passed a citizenship test

 Must meet the requirements of the immigration program you applied under, have a valid PR card



 5 years

Requirements for Permanent Citizenship in Canada

- Language proficiency

When you are between the ages of 18 and 54, you must demonstrate that you can communicate in English or French at a level appropriate for Canadian citizenship, as part of proving your eligibility. Applicants between 18 and 54 must be eligible to demonstrate that their IELTS test scores are at a CLB level 4 or higher.

- Residency obligations

To maintain PR status in Canada, the candidate should meet the criteria for residency obligation. Canada’s residency obligation for permanent residents requires a person to be physically present inside Canada for at least 730 days within five years or to fall under one of several exceptions.

- Financial requirements

The Canadian government is quite serious about financial aid and the difficulties such immigrants find after landing in the Province on a PR Visa. Applicants need to provide proof of funds to demonstrate their ability to cover living expenses, accommodation, and other essential costs.

The cost of funds shown for one person is $14,690 in dollars & Rs. 8,81,400 in Indian currency, which should be saved to fulfill the candidate's financial needs.


A Permanent Resident of Canada and their accompanying family members have the privilege to reside, work, and pursue studies in any of the ten provinces or three territories of Canada. They are entitled to essential services such as healthcare, education, and various other benefits. Moreover, Canadian Permanent Residents have the advantage of visa-free travel to numerous countries, including the United States.

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