Can a Canadian Permanent Resident Stay Outside of Canada for more than a Year?

If you are a permanent resident in Canada you are able to leave and re-enter Canada. However, you must remain physically in Canada for a certain amount of time. You may remain outside of Canada for more than one year, but you must not remain outside of Canada for more than three years. When you travel or live abroad, you must still make sure you meet the residency requirement for permanent residency in Canada, which is living in Canada for two years during each five-year period. 

What if I am working outside of Canada as a permanent resident?

There are some exceptions for the residency obligation. For example, there are some days spent outside of Canada that can actually be counted as days spend inside of Canada. These days include:

1. Days you have spend abroad accompanying a Canadian citizen abroad they are your spouse or your parent if you are under the age of 22. You must be able to prove your relationship and the person’s Canadian citizenship with evidence such as a marriage license or birth certificate.

2. Days you have spent abroad as a result of working for a Canadian employer on a full-time basis, and you must have evidence to prove this such as a letter from your employer detailing the specifics of your job and purpose for working abroad.

3. Days spent abroad accompanying a permanent resident outside of Canada if they are your spouse or parent and were working on a full-time basis abroad.

If you do not meet the above requirements but have not been able to meet your residency requirement, we may be able to make humanitarian and compassionate arguments on your behalf. However, it’s imperative that you have a very good reason for not meeting the requirement. Contact our immigration law firm today using the phone number at the top of this page for an assessment of your case.

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