I am anticipating entering Canada as a visitor, but might be interested in becoming a permanent resident. Can I apply for permanent residency while on a visitor's visa?

  • Welcome to Travel.SE! This question will fit our sister site Expatriates better so will surely be transferred there. – Jim MacKenzie Sep 3 '18 at 15:52

Except for a few special circumstances, you cannot apply for residence while visiting Canada. A temporary visa is temporary and you would have to satisfy the immigration authorities that you will leave the country. If your intention is emigration, you may want to explore how to become a Canadian resident

Becoming a permanent resident of Canada

To stay in Canada as a permanent resident, you must leave the country and apply from outside Canada, except in the special cases listed below. To become a permanent resident, you must meet Canada's immigration requirements.

You can apply to become a permanent resident from inside Canada if you:

Find more information about becoming a permanent resident.

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