Citizenship applicants in Canada advised to use online presence calculator

by Ray Clancy on December 10, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is reminding would be applicants that it has a physical presence calculator for adult permanent residents applying for citizenship.

People aged 18 and over can use the calculator to find out if they have been physically present in Canada long enough to be eligible for citizenship.

Canada Map“This online calculator is the preferred method to calculate your physical presence in Canada. If you have, the calculator will tell you that you are eligible to apply. If you have not, it will tell you when you will be eligible to apply,” said a CIC spokesman.

To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, an applicant must have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,460 days in the six years immediately before the date of the application.

Applicants must also have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for 183 days in each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before the date of application.

When calculating physical time in Canada, only the six years immediately before the date of the application are taken into account. This means only days when the person was physically present in Canada after they became a permanent resident count.

Any time spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident does not count and if an applicant became a permanent resident less than six years ago, their calculation period starts on the date they became a permanent resident.

Time spent serving a sentence for an offence in Canada such as prison, penitentiary, jail, reformatory, probation and/or parole cannot be counted toward residence, although there are some exceptions.

The online physical presence calculator makes two different calculations; the 1,460 day requirement and the 183 days requirement. Those using it are advised to make sure they fill in all the required information, enter all dates correctly and list any and all time away from Canada in the last six years.

“The physical presence calculator only collects information about the six years immediately before the date of application, or since you became a permanent resident, whichever is the most recent,” the spokesman explained.

The calculator will tell the applicant if they meet the physical presence requirements. Applicants should then print the calculation and attach a copy to their application.

“People should make sure that the date of application used in this calculation and the date of signature on the application form and on the calculation print out are the same. The date you sign your application cannot be in the future, and it cannot be more than 90 days before CIC receives it,” the spokesman pointed out.

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