Recently there have been changes in PR rules all across Canada and more proclaimed in Quebec City. If you were planning on migrating to Quebec, here’s what you need to know about those changes and how they can affect you and your PR status in Canada.

 What is Permanent Residence?

Permanent residence is a country’s sworn statement to an individual stating that he or she can reside in that country without the need for citizenship. A kind of domicile, which is presented by the government of a country to help individuals avail quotas and facilities set by the government for the citizens.

How to Apply for PR in Canada?

The application for a permanent residency in Canada is quite easy. All someone needs is their UCI (Unique Client Identifier), an 8 to 10 digit reerence number one receives from IRCC, and original documents as per the requirements.

These along with other native details have to be filled in the Application for a Permanent Resident Card (IMM 5444). Also, if somebody is outside Canada and does not have a PR card to return, he or she must file for a Permanent Resident travel document from any visa application centre.

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Eligibility for Permanent Residency

An individual is eligible to apply for a permanent residency in Canada if he or she

  1. Is residing in Canada and is physically present there at the time of application and verification of the documents.
  2. Meets the minimum requirement for residency, listed under Appendix A of the Residency Obligation.
  3. Is not, in any circumstances, to be removed from Canada effective immediately.
  4. Is or not in the near future shall be a Canadian citizen.
  5. Is not convicted of any crime (civil or criminal) relating to the misuse of a Permanent Residency card.

Documents Required

For permanent residency, a person must bring with him native documents in either original or a photocopy as stated under the “Document Checklist [IMM 5644]” form. After gathering all the documents, the person is required to send them along with his filled application form.

  • The PR card – If the application is to renew or replace a PR, then the individual needs to hold it and attach a photocopy of it along with the application, as required and asked for.
  • A copy of a valid passport or travel document which had been stamped by Canadian authorities when the person arrived in Canada is considered to be of high importance as well.
  • A document validating the identity of the person (must have a type, number, name, photo, and date of birth), or a statutory declaration attested by any official representing the country from which the person is a part.
  • Two legible photos were taken not more than 6 months before the process of application

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What are the New Rules for PR in Canada?


Primarily, it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that their PR card is valid, or if not, then the individual is required to apply for a new PR card before the current one tends to expire. 

Canada’s citizenship, immigration, and multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney declared certain PR rules and various changes that are of significant value in the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Applications are supposed to be processed in a few months’ time in 2021, as is expected by the current rules. 

It will result in would-be immigrants not having to wait until years pass by. Besides, in an attempt to resist huge backlogs, caps will have to be introduced in various categories as well. The changes are as briefed, once you read along. 

Change 1

In matters concerning language, it has altered from 16 to 28 points. This certain 12 point increment is a single enormous category in the particular point roster. Apparently, the exam is expected to no longer be self-proclaimed and rather will go through either IELTS or CELPIP external examining body heads. However, the secondary language points are to be decreased from 8 to 4.

Change 2

In matters concerning age, the old system used to provide 10 points to anybody between 21 to 49 years, and it perpetually awarded consistent points until the age of 53. The revised amendment now is looking ahead to favour younger immigrants by rewarding them 12 points in a maximum rate for applicants between the age of 18 to 35, as opposed to the present grid, with however one point deducted every individual year with no points from the age of 47.

Change 3

In matters concerning work experience, the number of points as allocated will be decremented to 15 from 21. If however, applicants have obtained at least one year of Canadian work experience, they are supposed to acquire double the present-day points.

Change 4

In matters concerning education, the points are expected to be based on Canadian educational credentials. Hence, all applicants are required to submit their qualifications to a particular credential evaluation service. Applicants who wish to work in certain regulated occupations will require the Canadian regulatory body to primarily approve them.


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PR Rules for Indian People in Canada

It is known to be possible to apply for both work and study, permanently and temporarily, as wished, for permanent residence in Canada. This procedure is widely called the ‘dual intent’. While securing the temporary study permit, Indian students basically are allowed to apply for Canadian PR because of dual intent. It has sincerely been adding up to enhancing Canada as a place made right for students.

There are a number of programs regarding the same, like the Canadian Experience Class, Quebec Experience Class, and Provincial Nomination Programs, each of which is partially on the same track, yet are somehow different too. 

How do you differentiate? Read more.

 Canadian Experience Class

This is in matters concerning the Canadian Experience Class. Besides being in a program of at least 2 consecutive years, students arriving from foreign places, such as India, need to have studied at an accredited post-secondary school on a regular full-time basis to qualify under this program. 

The student ought to have a completion of the program on a Canadian campus. Alongside, the student is expected to have worked for at least 12 whole months on a full-time basis. And, the work experience is ought to be acquired after graduation from the specific program of study. As a whole, unpaid internships or co-op placements are not on the same count list of the work experience.

Quebec Experience Class

Speaking about the Quebec Experience Class, the students who in the recent past have studied in Quebec and have also completed a CEGEP, Vocational, and Bachelor’s/Master’s/PhD level degree can qualify under this program, given that they are intermediately proficient in French as well. It can be qualified without the need for work experience.

Provincial Nomination Programs

For the Provincial Nomination Programs, provinces like the British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and more are having programs for students who graduated from a Canadian post-secondary program. Although, some of these might require job offers, while some might now.


I hope you’ve got enough information on the probable changes that might occur in Canadian PR rules. Brace yourself for these and if you’ve still got anything to ask, we’re here to help you with all you need.

What Province of Canada is Going to Change PR Rules? What are the New Rules for PR in Canada?
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What Province of Canada is Going to Change PR Rules? What are the New Rules for PR in Canada?
Are you planning to apply for permanent residence in Quebec, Canada? Did you know Quebec is about to go through some major changes in PR rules? Check here to know more.
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