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From International Student to Permanent Resident

According to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by applying to immigrate to Canada. This person is not yet a Canadian citizen and is usually still a citizen of their country of origin.

Becoming a permanent resident has many advantages:

  • Can live, work and study anywhere in Canada with no additional immigration documentation required;
  • Can obtain a wide range of social services & benefits including universal health insurance
  • Can apply for citizenship

How you become a permanent resident rests largely on where you intend on living and working.

Please note: although the ISO does not advise on permanent residency matters, we invite Immigration Québec and Canada every Fall and Winter terms for information sessions(dates, times and how to register can be found on the right-hand side of this page). 

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