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Advice on how to maintain Permanent Resident Status in Canada

By: Josh on Feb 01, 2020 09:25 AM EST
Please I would like to seek for advice on how to maintain my Permanent Resident (PR) status in Canada.

My PR card will expire in August 2020. Within a five year period, I have been physically present for close to a year which is below the requirement for residency obligations. My family immigrated to Canada exactly 2 years ago and visit them 3 to 4 times in year because I work abroad.

Furthermore, I do not want to revoke my PR. My family are qualified and will apply for PR renewal in a couple of months. I am not eligible for the listed exemptions where a PR can count time spent outside Canada toward the residency obligation.

I have filled in the online PR application form but I am reluctant to submit the application because I am afraid of losing my PR status.

Kindly advise on the best way to deal with the issue.

Best regards,

By: Zhang Hui on Feb 03, 2020 01:32 PM EST
Hi Josh,

There are a couple of ways to meet the residency obligation, which specified in subsection 28(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). However, you've mentioned the situations other than physically present in Canada don't apply to you.

The option for you based on your description, most likely, is to stay in Canada for another year to the point that you've resided in Canada for 730 days, then apply to renew your PR card. If you apply to renew now, the likelihood would be to trigger a legal proceeding leading to your loss of PR status.

You may refer to this well-written article explaining residency obligation:

Best regards,

Zhang, Hui RCIC(#R524643)

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