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March 21, 2022by Sheikh Ahmed0

One of the requirements to be Canadian citizenship is that you have resided in Canada for three of the past five years. In addition, If you’re 18 and over, you must be within Canada in Canada for at least 1,095 of the days of five years before applying for citizenship. When calculating your eligibility for citizenship, the first thing to remember is that you have to be a permanent resident for at least two years to satisfy the requirement for physical presence. Once you are a permanent resident, every day you spend in Canada counts as a full day towards your citizenship application.

Each day you were in Canada as a temporary resident before becoming permanent is counted as the equivalent of half a day and up to the maximum of 365 days. Therefore, if it was a short-term resident and didn’t quit Canada in the last three years, it will be counted for only 365 days. Also, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) examine just the 5 years before the date of your application to fulfill requirements for physical presence. If you’ve been physically living in Canada as a permanent resident over the last five years, the time you were in Canada as an indefinite resident doesn’t count. If you weren’t an eternal resident before the time you were granted permanent residence, you must be able to prove that you spent at least 1,095 consecutive days or three years in Canada.

If you do apply, using more than the minimum allowed a number of days guarantees that you have accounted for any errors. IRCC also suggests on its website that you apply for more days than what you’ll need.

Other eligibility requirements for Canadian citizenship:

Apart from the requirements for presence physically, here are a few other requirements for eligibility for Canadian citizenship:

  • You should be able to communicate in either English or French in a way that is sufficient to be able to communicate with Canadian society. If you’re between 18 to 54, you need to provide proof of the ability to communicate in a language.
  • There is no criminal history that hinders an issuance of citizenship as ruled by IRCC.
  • You should be aware of the rights and obligations of citizens. You should also have an understanding of Canada’s geography and political system and the history of Canada.
  • You might have to file tax returns in Canada for a minimum of three years within the five years preceding the date of application.
  • You must also make an application in writing to IRCC as well as pay the processing fee, as well as a right of citizenship fee.

Once you have met the criteria for eligibility and meet the eligibility criteria, you are eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship. After being approved, those between the ages of 18-54 will be required to pass an exam for Citizenship. After that, you will have to take part in a ceremony to celebrate Citizenship and receive proof of Canadian Citizenship. Then, you must swear an oath of Citizenship. Then, you have officially become an official Canadian citizen.

Physical presence is a requirement for refugees as well as PRRA applicants. (PRRA) applicants

If you obtained the permit to work or study when your refugee application or PRRA was being evaluated, the documents didn’t provide you with temporary residence status. You can’t count this time to calculate your physical presence. If you’re claiming time as a protected individual, The only time you can claim is the period from the day you received a favorable decision on your PRRA application to the day that you were permanent residents. The days you stay in Canada following approval, and before the day you become an endless resident count as a half-day towards the citizenship application.

If you were a prisoner in Canada

If you’ve spent any period in Canada in jail on probation or parole, these days generally do not count towards physical activity. However, there are some exceptions. The time you are on probation in the wake of an order to discharge conditionally might count toward physical presence if you did not violate parole or the parole conditions. Additionally, the time you spent either in jail or probation does not have to be recorded when you were given a juvenile sentence and were able to contest with the judge to win that sentence successfully. If the time you served in prison for an offense in Canada occurred longer than five years before the date, you applied for, and it was not declared. It doesn’t need to be said because it was not part of the period in which IRCC examines physical presence requirements.


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