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Old Oct 11th 2009, 6:33 pm
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How long do you get to activate a skilled worker visa, and when you do activate it generally how long does it last for, ie how many years residency must you accumulate to get citizenship?
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Old Oct 11th 2009, 7:00 pm
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How long do you get to activate a skilled worker visa, and when you do activate it generally how long does it last for, ie how many years residency must you accumulate to get citizenship?
Your visa will be valid till 1 year after the date of your medical exam or the expiry of your passport, whichever comes first. It's a single-entry visa so once you "land" it will be crossed out in your passport and you will be landed as permanent resident. PR card is processed automatically during landing and will be mailed to your Canadian address only 1-2 months after landing. In order to retain your PR status you must live in Canada at least 2 out of every 5 years. You are eligible to apply for citizenship after 3 years of landing IF you have been physically present in Canada for a whole 3 years within the 4 years prior to your application for citizenship.
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Old Oct 11th 2009, 7:04 pm
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Kleinluka thats 2 great answers you have provided for me in a row!

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I will mark my next question for your attention to save time!
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If you didn't land within the validity period of your medical can you extend the visa by having a new medical or would you have to start completely from scratch?
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If you didn't land within the validity period of your medical can you extend the visa by having a new medical or would you have to start completely from scratch?
You have to start from scratch i believe. The only time you can have another medical to extend is if you don't have visa issuance before its expiry date (12 months after).
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