Permanent residents in Canada (sometimes called Canadian green card holders) must meet something called a residency requirement in order to maintain their permanent resident status in Canada. If they don’t meet this residency requirement, which dictates how long they are allowed to stay outside of Canada, they are at risk of losing their permanent resident status. Screen Shot 2012 10 07 at 9.51.54 AM 300x226 How Long Can You Stay Outside of Canada As A Permanent Resident?

What is the residency requirement for permanent residents in Canada?

Permanent resident cards expire every five years. During this five year period, you must remain physically present in Canada for two years. This means you can remain outside of Canada for three years.

In terms of days, you must be in canada for 730 days of the five year period and be outside of canada no longer than 1095 days during this period.

You will also have to prove that you have met your residency requirement to the Canadian immigration officials when you renew your permanent resident card. There are many ways to do this, including proof of your address, your employment and travel records.

What if I haven’t met there residency obligation?

There are a few exceptions to the residency requirement. For example, if you are accompanying a spouse outside of Canada and that spouse is a Canadian citizen, you may count those days as days spent in Canada.

Otherwise, you may be able to make humanitarian and compassionate arguments as to why you were unable to meet the residency requirement for permanent resident status in Canada. However, this is not easy and it’s not recommended that you attempt to make humanitarian and compassionate arguments on your own without professional assistance. If you are concerned about meeting the residency requirement for permanent resident status in Canada, contact us as soon as possible. We can help you!

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