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Permanent Resident Card

Updated on December 1, 2012

A permanent resident card is a card that gives an individual permission to live, work and get educated for as long as that person so desires. This document is issued by the government of the country of destination. These cards are usually issued only to a few people who qualify under a certain category, and can be very hard to get. The benefits associated with having the card varies by which country is issued

Canadian Permanent Resident Card

A Canadian permanent resident card (originally called the Maple Leaf Card) can be obtained in many ways. The two most common ways of obtaining Canadian permanent residency is through work and family sponsorship. The first step in seeking Canadian permanent residency is to find out if you qualify under any category. You can get this information from .

If you found that you were eligible under a particular category then it is important that you gather all the required documents required by the form along with your application fee. The next step would be to mail the documents with the application fee to the address that is provided on the form.

If you are then successful in obtaining a permanent residency please note that it is important that you have a valid address that you will be going to in Canada. If not you may be admitted. In the case that you are admitted you will be required to provide that information within a specified time laid out by the immigration officer.

Australian Permanent Resident Card

There are many ways in which to become an Australian permanent resident. Being in possession of an Australian PR card gives you the right to:

· Live and work in Australia permanently

· Study

· Get subsidized health care including Medicare

· Access to social security

· Ability to sponsor someone to become an Australian Permanent Resident

It is typical to apply for a particular visa, such as the work permit before applying for permanent residency. However you can apply for permanent residency if:

· You are the parent, sibling, partner, spouse, child, niece or nephew of an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or New Zealand citizen

· You have a job offer in Australia and are qualified under Australia’s skilled worker program

· You are the partner of an Australian citizen

The application for Australian permanent residency is pretty simple. After you have identified the type of visa that you would apply for you qualify for you complete the form provided on this website: . You then mail the form and the address that is provided on the form. You will then be given a series of instructions by Australia’s DIAC (Department of immigration and citizenship).

US Permanent Resident Card

The US permanent resident card (green card) is probably the most sought after document in the world. The green card got its name because in times past the permanent resident card was green. As it is the most sought after document getting one of these cards can be a very difficult task, and can take an overbearingly long time to receive.

Applying for a green card is only slightly different from applying for Canadian and Australian permanent residency. But because of strict American immigration laws, and the large amount of people applying for permanent residency, getting one of these is not a guarantee. The two most common categories applied for are family based sponsorship, and permanent residency through marriage. You can find more information on US residency petitions at .

So as we can see a permanent resident card is not just your everyday document. It has it demands, fees, and processing time set forth by the government by which it is being issued. However getting one of these is not impossible. As long as you follow the steps, submit all required documents, and be patient, maybe you will find yourself being the holder of a permanent resident card.


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