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Maternity Leave for Canadian Citizens Abroad 

JKarwoski8254
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Posted On: 9/18/2017
JKarwoski8254
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Hello,
I'm American (Detroit) and my girlfriend is Canadian. We have just received news that we are expecting our 1st child. We plan to live here in the States and plan on getting her permanent resident status (green card) through marriage. All of this is pretty straight forward (or as straight forward as our immigration system can be), my question is this. She currently works in Canada, and will continue too after we are married and has legal permanent resident status in the U.S..When the baby is born will she still be eligible to claim maternity leave/EI even though she resides in the US and has permanent status there?
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Posted On: 9/25/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your girlfriend's situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be interested in this type of information.

According to the Service Canada website in the Am I allowed to leave Canada while receiving EI maternity or parental benefits? section,

Am I allowed to leave Canada while receiving EI maternity or parental benefits?

Yes, you can receive EI maternity and parental benefits while you are outside Canada. However, if you leave the country, please let us know by calling 1-800-206-7218 (TTY: 1-800-529-3742) and pressing "0" to speak with a representative.

Note: Different provisions may apply to Quebec residents who received Quebec Parental Insurance Program benefits.



We suggest that it is best to contact Service Canada directly to confirm this information and for information specific to your girlfriend's situation.

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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