Are you at Risk of Losing Permanent Resident Status in Canada?

More immigrants losing Canadian PR status

The Toronto Star recently published an article telling the story of a Russian immigrant to Canada who lost his permanent residence status after not spending enough time in Canada, despite traveling frequently for business reasons.

Permanent residents are required to spend 730 days, or two years, out of five in Canada in order to have their permanent resident cards renewed. If they haven’t spent the required amount of time in Canada, their PR card could possibly not be renewed and their status can be revoked.

The man’s family is in Canada, and while the government denied his permanent residence application they also denied him a temporary visa to visit his family, saying he probably wouldn’t leave once it expired – creating a serious no-win situation.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada data published in the same Toronto Star  article also shows that more and more immigrants are losing their permanent residence status. Permanent residency can be complicated and there are some exceptions to the minimum time spent in Canada rules.

To see if you qualify, or if you haven’t spent enough time in Canada and are at risk of losing your status, it may be advisable to speak to a licensed immigration lawyer before renewing your PR Card.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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