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kayaniha
kayaniha
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Posted On: 9/7/2014
kayaniha
kayaniha
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Hi,

I would like to have guidance for my case. I left Canada on June 15, 2014 after getting my PR card and planning to return on April 25, 2014. I just want to know that there is no problem it. As I heard from my friends that I can stay only 6 months outside of Canada and before ending six months, I must re enter to Canada to keep my PR active.

Please looking for your advise.

thanks

haris

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Klaus
Klaus
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Posted On: 9/7/2014
Klaus
Klaus
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Hi,

I left Canada on June 15, 2014 after getting my PR card and planning to return on April 25, 2014. I just want to know that there is no problem it.


Obviously there is a problem, but not if you actually meant April 25, 2015. You need to be in Canada for two years in every 5-year period. Theoretically you can become a PR and leave Canada right away for up to three years without problems.

From the CIC website:
Minimum residency obligations

You must meet the residency obligation to obtain a Permanent Resident Card.

If you have been a permanent resident for five (5) years or more
•you must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of 730 days within the past five (5) years.

If you have been a permanent resident for less than five (5) years
•you must show that you will be able to meet the minimum of 730 days of physical presence in Canada within five (5) years of the date you became a permanent resident.


Klaus
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kayaniha
kayaniha
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Posted On: 9/8/2014
kayaniha
kayaniha
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Hi Klaus,

thanks for prompt response. I have got PR dated april 25th 2014 so its vaild till april 2015. Yes, I would like to stay out of Canada for period of 1 year continuously, is it fine? coz i heard that I can stay out of Canada continuously maximum 6 months thats what worrying me that in case I stay around 12 months out, is this will not a problem?

thanks

Haris

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Klaus
Klaus
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Posted On: 9/8/2014
Klaus
Klaus
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Hi,

that's confusing :/. The PR card should be valid for five years. Now, you wrote that it is dated "April 25th 2014 so it's valid till April 2015".
When did you become a PR (see back side of the PR card) and when does your PR card expire? There should be more than five years between these dates (five years validity plus the time it took to issue the card).
Either way, there is no rule that you can't stay abroad for more than six months. As long as you comply with the minimum residency obligation I quoted in my first response, you should be fine.

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kayaniha
kayaniha
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Posted On: 9/10/2014
kayaniha
kayaniha
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Dear Klaus,

Sorry for the mistyping, infact my PR card is valid till 30th June 2019 and I became permanent resident on 26th April 2014. I left Canada on 17th June 2014 and intending to return on April 2015? So, I got confuse that people telling I can't stay outside of Canada continuously more then 6 months.

I believe now my whole situation very clear for your advice.

Sorry for inconvenience due to typing error.

thanks

Haris

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suny
suny
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Posted On: 10/8/2014
suny
suny
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Hi,

As per the new law what heard and understand that a person has to spend 4 years in last 6 years in Canada, with 160 days every year at least.
My question is: I stayed in Canada for 4 years in last 6 years but in between that period there was a year when I was out of Canada for more then 6 month (8 months), do I still fulfill the no. of period obligation or I have to recalculate my stay in Canada.
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Sunny
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OttawaGuy
OttawaGuy
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Posted On: 10/8/2014
OttawaGuy
OttawaGuy
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Hello Everyone,

I am new to this forum to submit a questions.

My wife was outside Canada for family issue and we received the invitation for citizenship test recently, she came only to do the test and we both pass the citizenship test, she want to get back home after the test. The total of months she will be outside Canada in the end will be 9 months.

- Is there any problem with her being outside Canada for that long, however her PR still valid for another 10 months?

- Does it affect the Citizenship application anyhow if we call the CIC and let them know that she will be outside of Country for another 5 months?

- How long a person can be outside Canada in this situation? being in Canada for 4 years and passed the citizenship test and PR valid for another 10 months.


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Moderator
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Posted On: 10/9/2014
Moderator
Moderator
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Hi,

As per the new law what heard and understand that a person has to spend 4 years in last 6 years in Canada, with 160 days every year at least.
My question is: I stayed in Canada for 4 years in last 6 years but in between that period there was a year when I was out of Canada for more then 6 month (8 months), do I still fulfill the no. of period obligation or I have to recalculate my stay in Canada.
Thanks
Sunny


Thank you for sharing your question with us.

We have had several others share their questions and concerns regarding the changes.

The Canadian citizenship requirements you are referring to because they have not been enacted yet.

According to several CIC representatives, it is likely those aspects will come into force by July 2015.

You may also note that on the CIC website, the eligibility requirements are still the same. This means that you must have lived in Canada as a PR for at least 3 years out of the 4 years (1,095 days) right before the day you apply.

You can find some information in one of our previous Settlement.Org Important: Act to Amend the Citizenship Act discussion thread.

You may also want to use the Citizenship Residence Calculator to determine your eligibility.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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Posted On: 10/14/2014
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Hello Everyone,

I am new to this forum to submit a questions.

My wife was outside Canada for family issue and we received the invitation for citizenship test recently, she came only to do the test and we both pass the citizenship test, she want to get back home after the test. The total of months she will be outside Canada in the end will be 9 months.

- Is there any problem with her being outside Canada for that long, however her PR still valid for another 10 months?

- Does it affect the Citizenship application anyhow if we call the CIC and let them know that she will be outside of Country for another 5 months?

- How long a person can be outside Canada in this situation? being in Canada for 4 years and passed the citizenship test and PR valid for another 10 months.


Thanks


Hello,

Thanks for sharing your additional questions with us.

According to a CIC representative, when applying for citizenship, if you will be unavailable for more than two months at a time, you should send a letter to the office that is processing your application.

In the letter she should include the name of someone in Canada and phone number so that CIC can contact them in case they need to contact her. This is because unfortunately, CIC will not contact her while she is abroad.

She should also include the dates that she will be temporarily unavailable. This means listing from which date until which date she will be outside Canada.

CIC requests this information so that they will know, and will avoid scheduling her test date on a date that she has stated she will not be in Canada.

You may want to confirm this information by getting contacting the CIC Call Centre directly.

You may also want to review some of our previous Settlement.Org Discussion Threads.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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