Can I Renew my Permanent Residency Card if I lived in the US with my Canadian Spouse?

Canadian Permanent Residency Card Renewal Question

Hi, I’m a spouse of a Canadian citizen and we live in the USA as my husband works there. My Permanent Residency card is expiring in August, when can I apply for a new one? Does the time spent abroad with a Canadian citizen count towards Canadian residency?  Can I also apply for a Canadian citizenship and a Canadian passport on the same grounds as my time has been completed if I count the two years we have spend abroad because of his work in the US?Regards,Yamina

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Canadian Permanent Residency Card Renewal Information

Hi Yamina,

Yes you can renew your Permanent Residency Card in this situation given that you are outside of Canada with your Canadian spouse. The days you are outside Canada can count towards your days for maintaining your permanent residence.  However, these rules do not apply for Canadian citizenship. Unless your husband is working for a the Canadian government or agency abroad, your days outside of Canada will not be counted towards Canadian citizenship.

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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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