IEC followed by Studying.

Old Nov 16th 2014, 4:22 am
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Hi guys, just a quick easy question.

I have already been in Canada for 2 years under the IEC working, I am now looking at studying in Canada for 2 years with then hopefully a years work experience with the post grad work permit.

My question is, in that time would I be eligible for citizenship due to the amount of time I have been living and working in canada?

Also, if I leave canada for a few months before I go to school would that mess up my chances of citizenship? If it we're possible?

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Old Nov 16th 2014, 4:25 am
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Just realized I would have to be a permanent resident first, forgot about that... So yeah, I graduate. Years worth of experience. Apply for PR.... Then see if I'm eligible with Time spent in Canada
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You don't qualify for citizenship at all until you're a PR, so there's nothing to 'mess up' now anyway. According to my (very tough) calculations (see below), you might get citizenship in around 10 years time.

As things stand today, you'd need at least 3 years of living in Canada to apply for citizenship, but at least 2 years of that must be as a PR and time on a TWP or study permit would only count as half (e.g. A year on a TWP would be 6 months for citizenship purposes).

However, the law is changing soon and the new requirement will be 4 years living in Canada as a PR, and time spent on other visas won't count.

So assuming you apply for PR after you've done a year or so on your PGWP (roughly 2017?), you'd get PR a year or two later (2018/2019), so eligible for citizenship in around 2022/2023. Processing times for citizenship are currently around 18 months, so citizenship in maybe 2024 as a very rough guide?

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Awesome! thanks for the information.

Or pray i met the girl of my dreams and we fall in love the first week of school and we move in together and tralalala, happily ever after, common-law! boom, done, thankyou very much! ah ha,

But no, i appreciate the information, thankyou!
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Once my PGWP expires, i cannot extend or get a bridging permit while my PR is going through right? i would need an LMIA from the employer at that time and wait out the long PR process?
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