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?
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
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:
- are a refugee or a protected person,
- are a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
- are a live-in caregiver,
- hold a valid temporary residence permit or
- are applying under the Canadian Experience Class.
Find more information about becoming a permanent resident.