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allietibi
allietibi
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Posted On: 3/6/2017
allietibi
allietibi
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Good day

I am a Canadian citizen, and I married my husband in 2014 who is not a Canadian citizen. He got his PR card October 2015. However we had to move to the Caribbean because I am studying medicine at a university that is offshore, but accredited, and recognized by Canada. Approved by Canada for loans. Would his time with me here count towards his residency days?

Any help would be great.

Thanks.
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PMM
PMM
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Posted On: 3/6/2017
PMM
PMM
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HI

allietibi wrote:
Good day

I am a Canadian citizen, and I married my husband in 2014 who is not a Canadian citizen. He got his PR card October 2015. However we had to move to the Caribbean because I am studying medicine at a university that is offshore, but accredited, and recognized by Canada. Approved by Canada for loans. Would his time with me here count towards his residency days?

Any help would be great.

Thanks.


1, Yes time spent accompanying a Canadian citizen abroad counts for RO for Permanent Resident
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allietibi
allietibi
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Posted On: 3/7/2017
allietibi
allietibi
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Does the time also count towards his citizenship days (applying for a Canadian passport?)

Thank you, much appreciated
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Posted On: 3/17/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your additional question.

The only exceptions to the physical residence requirement are related to those who are employed outside Canada by the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration, or the public service of a province, or who intend to reside with a spouse or parent who is employed in those capacities.

Those exceptions are listed in Section 5 (1.1) of the Citizenship Act time outside Canada will only be counted as equivalent to one day of residence in Canada for Citizenship purposes in this circumstance,


(1.1) Any day during which an applicant for citizenship resided with the applicant’s spouse who at the time was a Canadian citizen and was employed outside of Canada in or with the Canadian armed forces or the federal public administration or the public service of a province, otherwise than as a locally engaged person, shall be treated as equivalent to one day of residence in Canada for the purposes of paragraph (1)(c) and subsection 11(1).



You can find detailed information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website in the Can I count any time I’ve spent outside of Canada toward the physical presence requirement when applying for citizenship? section.


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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