What is the difference between PR and Citizenship?
Permanent residency (PR)
- No voting rights, protection against deportations, equal rights, right to work, employment and social security
- Lifetime settlement permit (green card) renewed once in 10 years.
- Residency requirements: You must live atleast 9 months every year and cant be absent in the country for more than six months.
- You have to pay taxes on worldwide income upon acquiring PR status.
- You are permitted to hold citizenship from another country.
- Some countries require PR status, to naturalise for citizenship.
- Usually requires 3 to 5 years of living to be eligible for PR.
- Full right to live, work, study, vote as a citizen. Citizenship is for lifetime including for family and children.
- As a citizen you are entitled to a passport which entitles travel freedom (please note: passport is a proof of citizenship, not citizenship itself). Some countries issue passport different colour for naturalized persons and by birth.
- Equal rights as country citizens.
- All developed nations (UK, USA, Canada, France etc) allow multiple or dual citizenships to hold.