If someone issued a Canadian PR, does he has a lifetime permit to?
Alright. Lemme explain how it works (this is my first answer in Quora) Keep three things in mind: Canadian PR status As a Canadian PR, you are allowed to live, work, study, do business, get social benefits, health coverage, etc. Theres no restriction and job market is open to you as well (except for highly sensitive posts and voting rights). However, it comes with certain restrictions too. As long as you stay in Canada for 2 years (730 days) in every 5-year (1825 days) period, you will be able to keep your Canadian PR status. You can keep your current citizenship and remain in Canada while maintaining your PR status forever, without worrying about 5-year renewal status. Everytime you re-enter Canada, your PR eligibility days are checked in that 5-year bracket mentioned in your PR card. 2. Canadian PR Card PR Card is only required for travelling overseas - mainly upon re-entering into Canada on any commercial vehicle (such as Plane, Ship, Bus, etc). If you have your own plane, ship, bus, etc, for personal use, you dont really need PR card as you can use Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR) document. Your PR status can remain legal if you stay within Canada without ever applying for PR card. You can even live in Canada on an expired PR card, as long as you have valid COPR. 3. Canadian Citizenship Only PR status holders can apply for Citizenship, therefore your PR status (not PR card) has to be valid. For Citizenship eligibility, you have to be physically present in Canada for 1095 days (3 years) within the last 5 years. You can refer to Canadian Immigration website for detailed information. Hope it helps.