Can a Canadian permanent resident stay out of Canada for three years?

A Canadian permanent resident is not supposed to stay outside of Canada for more than three years. To do so would not be meeting the residency requirement, which in turn could result in your losing your permanent resident status in Canada and even being deported from Canada. 

However, there are some exceptions to the permanent residency obligation.

Permanent residency obligation

There some ways to get around the residency obligation, but there are very strict requirements for doing so.

1. If you were outside of Canada for more than the allowed three years because you were accompanying your Canadian citizen parents or spouse abroad, you could count those days as permanent residency days in Canada. Keep in mind that you must be able to prove your relationships to these Canadian citizens.

2. If you were outside of Canada for more than the allowed three years because you had to accompany your permanent resident parents or spouse abroad because they were working full time for a Canadian company, you can count these as residency days in Canada. You must be able to have evidence of the job and relationships.

3. If you were outside of Canada for more than the allowed three years because you were working abroad for a Canadian company on a full-time basis, those can also count as residency days.

4. If you have a humanitarian reason why you were outside of Canada too long, you could make a humanitarian and compassionate case for yourself.

Contact a licensed immigration lawyer right away if you are unable to meet your residency requirement and have been outside of Canada for too long. We can help you. Please contact us using the form on the right or with the phone number on the top of this page!

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