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YOUR RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS AS A PERMANENT RESIDENT

You and your dependants have the right to live, study and work for as long as you remain permanent residents in Canada, and are entitled to most social benefits accorded to Canadian citizens. When you have met citizenship requirements, you may apply for Canadian citizenship and a Canadian passport.

There are a few limitations on permanent residents:

- You cannot vote in certain elections.
 

- You may be ineligible for certain jobs requiring high-level security clearances.
 

- As a permanent resident, you also have the same legal obligations as Canadians, such as paying taxes and respecting other laws.
 

- If you or your dependants commit serious crimes, you or your dependants risk being deported from Canada.

You remain a permanent resident until you become a Canadian citizen or abandon Canada as your place of residence. You may be considered to have abandoned Canada if you have frequent and/or lengthy absences from the country. If you travel to Canada to present your visas for landing and then return to live in your home country indefinitely, you will lose your permanent resident status.

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