A permanent resident is a citizen of a different country, who has been given a permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada. A permanent resident is not a Canadian Citizen. A permanent resident must live in Canada for two years out of every five, or risk losing that status.
Every year, over 200,000 people take an entry in Canada as permanent residents. They complete an application process of permanent resident visa for Canada that provides them with an opportunity for getting a new life. Once approved to enter Canada as a permanent resident, an individual receives a Permanent Resident Card (formerly Landed Immigrant form) and enjoy almost all the same rights as citizens of Canada (with the exception of voting privileges and unlimited stays when traveling outside of Canada). It is also in a state of constant change due to different foreign policy initiatives and modifications to regulations.
Canada Green Card
People outside Canada often refer to a Canada Immigration, also called as the Permanent Resident Visa as a Canada Green Card. The authorities evaluate the applications in four diverse categories like ‘General Immigration’, ‘Business Immigration’, ‘Family Sponsorship’ and ‘Parental Sponsorship’.
After becoming a landed immigrant, the person must apply for three very important pieces of IDs like a permanent resident card, a SIM card, and a health card.
Permanent Resident Card
Permanent residence card for Canada will be the easiest to obtain because the immigrants don’t need to apply for it. Once they become landed immigrants, the officer at the entry point will ask them for an address and they will receive the card automatically, free of charge.
The Permanent Residence card is the proof of the status in Canada. It expires every five years.
A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number issued by the Canadian government that an immigrant needs to work in Canada. It is very important to apply for the Social Insurance Number card as soon as possible.
The immigrant may apply for a SIN card at any Service Canada Center.
Only they provide SIN number, it will be legally required either by the employer, financial institutions or tax services. You do not have to give your SIN number to complete a job application or to apply for credit cards.
The Health Card
The issuing of the Health Cards are necessary for the provincial or territorial government and allow access to insured health care services. Each province or territory manages its own health system.
Because this is a provincial matter, regulations and requirement vary. Generally speaking, as the permanent residents, the immigrants have the entitlement to a range of health care services paid for by the provincial health ministry. The immigrants get the coverage facilities for typically hospitalizations, surgeries, visits to the general practitioner, emergency visits by this health card. Services, which generally not covered, are eye exams, dentistry, and cosmetic surgery. If anyone wishes to cover the additional services, he may buy private health insurance.
Everyone must have their own health cards, including babies.