Category:Residency Obligations

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If you want to maintain your Permanent Residence status in Canada, you have to meet residency obligations.

Basically that means that, out of any five year period, you must have spent two years (730 days to be exact) in Canada.

There are, however, some exceptions to this rule.

  • Once you have "landed" in Canada as a permanent resident, any time that you spend living with a Canadian citizen spouse or common law partner outside of Canada is counted as time lived inside Canada for the purposes of meeting your PR residency obligations.
  • If you are a child who is under the age of 22 years and if you have PR status, any time that your spend living with a Canadian citizen parent outside of Canada is counted as time lived inside Canada for the purposes of meeting your PR residency obligations.
  • If you are a PR and work outside of Canada for a Canadian company or for the government of Canada or the government of a Canadian province, any time that you spend outside of Canada is counted as time spent inside Canada for the purposes of meeting your PR residency obligations.
  • Spouses, common law partners and children under the age of 22 who are PRs and are accompanying their PR partners and parents outside of Canada may count that time as if it were spent in Canada, provided that the PR partners and parents whom they are accompanying are meeting their own residency obligations.
  • If you have a valid Returning Resident Permit, you may count time spent outside of Canada as if it were spent in Canada for the purposes of meeting PR residency obligations.

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