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Permanent Resident Status

Preserving Your Permanent Residence Status

A Canadian Permanent Resident is free to travel in and out of Canada. On the other hand, in order to maintain a permanent resident status, an individual must be physically present in Canada for at least two years over a five-year period, from the time of becoming a permanent resident (or a landed immigrant) of Canada. An exception, to this rule, will apply to any of the following scenarios:

  • The Permanent Resident is accompanying a Canadian-citizen spouse or common-law partner;
  • The Permanent Resident is a child under the age of 22 years, accompanying a Canadian citizen/ permanent resident parent;
  • The Permanent Resident is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business, the Public Service of Canada or the public service of a Canadian province; or
  • The Permanent Resident is a child under 22 years of age, accompanying a parent who is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian company, the public service of Canada or the public service of a Canadian province outside Canada.

A Permanent Resident will be required to drop their status if she/ he does not adhere to the residency duties. An order may be issued by the Canadian government when a Permanent Citizen fails to meet the obligations. This order requires a person to leave Canada.

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