Can someone on a visitor visa apply for permanent residency?

If you are in Canada on a visitor visa, you can apply to become a permanent resident of Canada. However, in many cases you will have to leave Canada and return to your home country in order to reapply for permanent residency in Canada. This usually applies even if you are on a work visa, although there are a few exceptions. Tourist Visa Immigration Lawyer

There are some groups of people who can apply for permanent residency while in Canada.

Applying for permanent residency from within Canada

Most people who hold a Canadian visa will have to return to their country of citizenship before they may apply for permanent residency, as they have to apply for permanent residency from outside of Canada. But that isn’t the case for everyone.

If you are in Canada on a valid visitor visa and you marry a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, they can sponsor you to Canada as a permanent resident. When this happens, you can apply for permanent residency from within Canada.

Holders of valid Temporary Resident permits, refugees and protected persons, and live-in caregivers may also apply for permanent residency from within Canada if they meet the requirements to do so.

Someone who is in Canada legally on a work permit or a student visa can also apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class program. This program allows individuals who have qualifying work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency.

There are several ways to become a permanent resident, some of which will allow you to apply from within Canada. However, you need to ensure that you speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to learn whether these methods can apply to you and that you are eligible for them.

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