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Old Oct 8th 2008, 1:55 pm
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Just a quick questions does anyone know once you get citizenship in Canada can you return back to the UK at any point if it doesnt work out in Canada.

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Just a quick questions does anyone know once you get citizenship in Canada can you return back to the UK at any point if it doesnt work out in Canada.

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hi, ya u can .., but not on PR .....only when u r citizen ...u can c that in more detail on CIC
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Hi thanx for your prompt response

I am confused now beacuse i thought PR (Permanent residency i presume) and Citizenship were the same thing

can you explain this a bit more please

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hi, ya u can .., but not on PR .....only when u r citizen ...u can c that in more detail on CIC
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Hi thanx for your prompt response

I am confused now beacuse i thought PR (Permanent residency i presume) and Citizenship were the same thing

can you explain this a bit more please

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Hi lisadd,

One can lead to the other. So, for example, we have Permanent Resident status. In order to maintain that status, we need to be here for 2 years out of every 5 (not consecutive days - we can go home or whererever, for holidays, etc). After being on Canadian soil for 3 years (others will correct us if we have that timespan wrong as we haven't checked our facts before writing this), again, after deducting any days we were out of the country, we can submit an application for citizenship. Eventually that gets processed, you go take what we understand to be a fairly simple and short test, you attend a ceremony and on the back of that, you are granted citizenship. You don't lose your British citizenship at that point. As rules stand, you retain both and again, as rules stand, you can then pretty much come and go as you please.

Hope that makes sense as the kettles boiling and I (Eamonn) haven't had my first cup of coffee yet!

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Getting There, you got the facts right, the only thing I would add is that to get a citizenship you need to be in Canada for 3 years out of 4. Where as to maintain your PR, you need to be in Canada for 2 years out of 5 (as pointed out by Getting There).

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Getting There, you got the facts right, the only thing I would add is that to get a citizenship you need to be in Canada for 3 years out of 4. Where as to maintain your PR, you need to be in Canada for 2 years out of 5 (as pointed out by Getting There).

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But to answer the original question a little better...

As a permanent resident, you can absolutely return to the UK any time you want if Canada doesn't work out for you (assuming you're a British citizen).

The only issue is whether you'd then be able to move to Canada *again* in the future if you change your mind.

Once you're a citizen, you can do that as many times as your sanity and finances allow. Permanent residence is gone (with a few exceptions) once you spend more than three years out of five outside Canada.
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But to answer the original question a little better...

As a permanent resident, you can absolutely return to the UK any time you want if Canada doesn't work out for you (assuming you're a British citizen).

The only issue is whether you'd then be able to move to Canada *again* in the future if you change your mind.

Once you're a citizen, you can do that as many times as your sanity and finances allow. Permanent residence is gone (with a few exceptions) once you spend more than three years out of five outside Canada.
Many thanks for answeing my question, i understand now what you have put and it makes sense cheers lisa
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