Work Visa vs. PR
Work Visa vs. PR
Know the difference between immigration visa and temporary work visa:
What is Immigration or Permanent residency Visa?
- A document allowing a person to live and work anywhere inCanada
- Confers permanent resident status.
- Can sponsor family members for Permanent resident status.
- Comes with certain responsibilities and can be revoked if the holder is out of the country for too long, or is guilty of some criminal activity.
- A permanent resident may apply for Citizenship after 3 years.
How is an Employment authorization different from an Immigration Visa?
- An Employment Authorization permits an eligible visitor to reside and work inCanadafor a limited period of time
- Restrictions are usually placed on the type of employment
- It will not, by itself, lead to Canadian permanent resident status.
Comparison of Temporary Work Permit and Visa (H1 B) &
Canadian immigration and Permanent Residency Visa
Temporary Work Permit & Visa
(H1 B, Job visa, Work visa etc.)
Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa / Immigration Visa
|“Can not change sponsoring employer leaving with very little negotiating power and in some cases other abuses of this power”.||Free to move between jobs and locations. Even work on contract as a consultant which could result in tax benefits.|
|“In case of getting laid off, or the company closing down, have to leave the Country within a few days. (out of status problems)”.||Free to find another job. While unemployed, unemployment insurance is a strong “safety net”.|
|“Have a strong desire to start own business. Unable to do so.”||Individuals can commence their businesses by registering with the Ministry of Consumer Relations.|
|If spouse wishes to work, need to arrange for sponsorship from potential employers; thus creating a barrier in finding employment.||Spouse can legally work in Canada. No permits or authorizations needed.|
|Limitation of returning to origin of country if Green Card is not approved prior to 6 year limit on H 1 B Visa.||No such risk, upon landing inCanada, new immigrants and their families receive permanent resident visa status.|
|Cannot sponsor family members besides spouse and dependent children.||Permanent residents (PR) can sponsor other family members (parents, dependent siblings besides spouse & dependent kids).|
|Long wait for the Green Card and then longer wait for the Citizenship.||Permanent Residents (PR) can apply for citizenship after 3 years of stay in Canada.|
|Traveling outside of the USAcan face renewal risks when returning.||PR can travel anywhere, anytime as long as the residency obligation of 2 years accumulated residency out of 5 years are met.|