Vancouver Mandarin Chinese Permanent Residence Lawyer

Vancouver Mandarin Chinese Permanent Residence Lawyer

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Permanent residency comes with many privileges, but it’s not easy to secure. If you’re seeking permanent residency in Canada, you will need help from an experienced immigration lawyer.

If Mandarin Chinese is your first language we will help you navigate this entire process in the language you’re most comfortable speaking. This minimizes mistakes and gives you peace of mind. It ensures you can ask all your questions and hear the answers clearly.

You get all that while partnering with extremely experienced immigration lawyers who care deeply about helping you achieve your goals here in Canada. 

What is a Permanent Resident? 

A permanent resident may:

  • Live in Canada for as long as they like. 
  • Work or study in Canada without restriction.
  • Claim health benefits and other social benefits.
  • Live anywhere in Canada, unless tied to a provincial nominee program.
  • Gain protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

After a certain period of time, permanent residents may even apply for citizenship.

The only things you’re not allowed to do as a permanent resident is vote, run for political office, or hold a job that requires a security clearance.

You also gain some responsibilities. When you become a permanent resident you must pay taxes in Canada, and you must respect all Canadian laws. Criminal conduct at any level can leave you vulnerable to losing your PR status. 

Who is Eligible for Permanent Residency?

Eligibility is determined on the basis of your age, level of education, official language proficiency, second language proficiency, and Canadian work experience. 

There are multiple permanent residency programs. These include:

  • The Express Entry program for skilled immigrants who can fill Canadian job shortages.
  • The Business Immigration program for investors and business owners.
  • The Family Class Immigration programs for the spouses, common law spouses, parents, children, and, in some cases siblings of permanent residents or Canadian citizens. 
  • The Canadian Experience Class program for temporary foreign workers and students who want to apply their Canadian work or student experience towards their residency application.
  • The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which allows provinces to name the skills, education, and work experience they are trying to attract. If you fulfill the requirements the province itself will sponsor your residency application, but you may have to live in that province for a substantial period of time to avoid jeopardizing it.
  • Those who make a successful asylum or refugee claim are allowed to apply for permanent residency status. 

One of our functions as immigration lawyers is to help you choose the PR program that is right for you. You will not be eligible for every program and some programs may be a better fit for your unique circumstances than others. 

How Does Business Immigration Work?

There are five different business visas: 

  • Start-Ups
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Self-Employed Persons
  • PNP Business Programs
  • Corporate Immigration

Most of these programs require you to invest a great deal of money, demonstrate a great deal of business experience, and make a significant contribution to the Canadian economy. Many of our Chinese clients fit the bill perfectly and have plenty of wealth to use. This can be the fastest, easiest route towards permanent residency. 

The Start-Up visa program requires you to have a qualifying business and to get a letter of support from a designated institution: $200,000 from a Venture Capital organization or $75,000 from an approved Angel Investor or Business Incubator. You must speak intermediate French and English and you must bring enough money to settle in Canada.

Entrepreneurs must purchase or make a substantial investment in a Canadian business within two years of arrival. They must participate in the management of the business on an ongoing basis and employ at least one Canadian citizen or PR who is not a member of the entrepreneur’s family. 

The self-employed program demands 2 years of relevant experience within the last 5 years. You will have to continue to be self-employed in Canada.


Corporate immigration lets you transfer entire offices across borders, with all employees attached. This is obviously an extremely complex area of immigration law and can only be undertaken with the help of a qualified and experienced immigration lawyer. The requirements are quite complex and there are logistical steps that will have to be taken. 

How Does Family Class Immigration Work?

Family class immigration applies to the immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents. The citizen or PR must serve as the immigrant’s sponsor.

The sponsor must demonstrate they can support their family member for at least three years, and signs a contract to that effect. Dependent children must be supported for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first. 

Citizens and permanent residents may sponsor spouses, common law partners, conjugal partners, dependent children, parents, and grandparents. An orphaned niece, nephew, brother, sister, granddaughter, or grandson who is unmarried and under the age of 18 may also be sponsored. 

The sponsored relative must meet Canada’s admissability requirements. 

How Does the Express Entry Program Work?

If you have the right professional skills Express Entry could be the right program for you. You will need to obtain 67 or more points on an 100 point scale system.

You start by completing an online profile which outlines your skills, language ability, education, and previous work experience. You’ll then be entered into a pool of eligible individuals. 

Canada then evaluates each candidate based on their chances of economic success. Having an offer of employment in place is worth 10 points, and can be very helpful. You can also sign up for the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, which will help connect you to Canadian employers who might wish to hire you. 

If you are invited to apply for permanent residency you’ll have 60 days to submit your application and the relevant evidence. 

How Does the British Columbia PNP Program Work?

There are both skilled worker streams and a tech worker pilot program. BC also has its own entrepreneur program, as well as a program for foreign students who have graduated from a Canadian university. 

You must accept a full-time job offer unless you are in the International Post-Graduate category and meet additional eligibility requirements. 

You then register with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), which allows British Columbia to review your job qualifications. You’ll get a registration score and will be entered into an applicant pool. There are provincial draws, essentially a lottery. If your name is drawn, you will be invited to apply for permanent residency. You will have just 30 days to complete and turn in your application. 

How Do Asylum and Refugee Claims Work?

You must meet criteria either as a Convention refugee or as a person who is in danger of being killed, tortured, or suffering cruel and unusual punishment in your home country. Humanitarian and compassionate applications may be available for those who do not meet the requirements.

See: Vancouver Mandarin Chinese Speaking Refugee and Asylum Protection Lawyers for more details on how this program works and whether or not it might apply to your situation. 

How Long Can I Stay Out of Canada as a Permanent Resident?

You must stay in Canada for at least 730 days during any 5-year period to keep your permanent residency status. Those days do not have to be continuous. There are even situations in which you can be abroad and still be credited for the 730 days.

We recommend that our clients print and use Canada’s official travel journal and keep it in their passports. This document can serve as vital evidence in your case if your residency obligation is ever called into question. 

Do I Lose Permanent Residency Status When My Card Expires?

No. You can only lose your status if Canada itself begins an official process to have you removed from Canada, or if you yourself renounce your status. You also can convert your PR status into citizenship. 

Obviously we do not recommend allowing your card to expire. Try to keep all of your documents up to date, as doing so can help you prevent problems in the future. 

What Happens If My Permanent Residency Application is Denied?

You may be eligible to make an appeal. Our immigration litigation lawyers can help you launch an effective one. 

Ideally, we will have identified, addressed, and eliminated any roadblocks to your PR status long before we reach the point of needing to launch an appeal. Schedule an appointment with one of our Mandarin Chinese-speaking lawyers today.

Get Help Today

Our team has decades of experience helping immigrants attain the safety and security that permanent residency can bring. 


It is all but impossible to attain PR status on your own. Make sure you’re getting every step of the process right to avoid delays, or to avoid the risk of losing your chance of attaining this coveted status.


When you set up your appointment we will go over your needs and concerns.

Chinese Lawyer Vancouver serves clients in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey, and White Rock. Call to set up an appointment today.

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