What is permanent residence and how to obtain it

Permanent residence is a condition that is granted to foreigners in certain countries, with the aim that they can settle permanently in them. In this post we are going to explain what permanent residence is and how to obtain it, as well as the necessary requirements to be able to access it.

How to obtain permanent residence, the requirements to access it and the advantages of having it.

For many people, permanent residence is the first step to becoming a citizen of a country. With it, rights and privileges are obtained that are not available to temporary residents or without residence, such as the possibility of working and studying without limitations, accessing health services and obtaining more complete legal protection. In addition, permanent residents can travel freely to other countries and return to their own safely and without problems.

To obtain permanent residence, the first thing you need is to meet the requirements of the country in which you want to settle. In most cases, it is required that you have lived in the country legally and continuously for a minimum period of time, that you have a job and/or studies, and that you have no criminal record. Once you meet these requirements, you can apply for permanent residence through the country’s official channels.

Permanent residence has many advantages, but also some disadvantages. Although it is a very beneficial legal status, it must be taken into account that with permanent residence the rights of citizenship are not automatically acquired, so it is not possible to vote or access certain jobs. Furthermore, permanent residence is a revocable status, which means that the country in which the permanent residence is held can decide to withdraw it at any time and without prior notice.

Although permanent residence is not perfect, for many people it represents a big step towards obtaining citizenship and settling permanently in another country. If you meet the requirements and are willing to take the risks, permanent residence may be a very valid option for you.

How do I start the permanent residence process? What documents do I need? What happens if they revoke it?

To begin the process of obtaining permanent residence, the first thing you need is to meet the requirements of the country in which you want to settle. In most cases, it is required that you have lived in the country legally and continuously for a minimum period of time, that you have a job and/or studies, and that you have no criminal record. Once you meet these requirements, you can apply for permanent residence through the country’s official channels.

The documents you need to apply for permanent residence vary from one country to another, but in general you will need to present your passport, criminal record certificates and/or studies, and proof that you have the necessary financial means to support yourself during your stay.

If your permanent residence is revoked, you will have to leave the country immediately. If you want to reapply in the future, you will need to meet all the requirements again and submit all the necessary documentation again.

In what cases is permanent residence revoked?

Permanent residence is a revocable status, which means that the country in which you have permanent residence can decide to withdraw it at any time and without prior notice. Although it is not common, some of the reasons why permanent residence can be revoked are non-compliance with the laws of the country, lack of financial means to support themselves, or having been absent from the country for a long period of time.

What crimes cause me to lose my permanent residence?

The crimes that can cause you to lose your permanent residence vary from country to country, but generally include serious crimes such as homicide, robbery, sexual violence or terrorism. If you commit a crime, your permanent residence may be revoked and you may be expelled from the country.

It is important to keep in mind that, although permanent residence is not perfect, for many people it represents a big step towards obtaining citizenship and settling permanently in another country. If you meet the requirements and are willing to take the risks, permanent residence may be a very valid option for you.

But before making the decision to request it, make sure you are well informed about all the requirements and consequences that it entails.

If you are going to start the process of permanent residence, contact us, one of our lawyers specialized in immigration, will guide you through the process to obtain the best result, the consultation is completely free.