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Requirements to Maintain Canadian Permanent Residence

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Requirements to Maintain Canadian Permanent Residence

Jade Calver

What are the residency requirements to maintain Canadian Permanent Residence?

To maintain your status as a permanent resident of Canada, you must spend a certain amount of time in Canada to show that you spend time physically in Canada. The Government of Canada states that out of every five year period, you must live in Canada for at least two years. The two years do not need to be continuous; you need to spend two years cumulatively out of every five year period.

In this video, Jade explains how time spent outside Canada may also count towards the two years if you are:

  • Travelling with your spouse or partner who is a Canadian citizen,

  • dependent child travelling with his or her father or mother who is a Canadian citizen,

  • An employee of (or under contract to) a Canadian business.

It may also count if you are:

  • Travelling with your spouse or partner who is a permanent resident and works full-time for:

    • a Canadian business, or

    • the public service of Canada or a province,

  • A child travelling with his or her father or mother who is a permanent resident and who works full-time for:

    • a Canadian business, or

    • the public service of Canada or a province.

  • An employee of (or under contract to) the public service of Canada or a province and you are on a full-time assignment to:

    • a position outside Canada,

    • a partner business outside Canada, or

    • a client of the Canadian business or the public service outside Canada.

DO YOU HAVE A MORE IN-DEPTH QUESTION YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH JADE ABOUT, ONE-ON-ONE? BOOK A PRIVATE CONSULTATION TO SEEK ADVICE ABOUT YOU IMMIGRATION CONCERNS TODAY.