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PR Residency Extension???

Westwood818

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Jun 27, 2010
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Here is my friend's case:

The entire family landed in mid-2010. The wife and children permanently live in Toronto. But, the husband had to go back to his home country to continue working. The husband visits Canada, at least, twice a year on his vacation. His PR Card does not expire until 2015. He is aware that he may not fulfill his PR Residency requirement by next year. So the husband consulted with a Toronto immigration lawyer who indicated that he can file for an "extension". I've only spoken to the wife and she seemed unclear about the details.

I told her that I have not heard of any type of "extension" of the PR Residency requirements and the only exceptions are explicitly stated on the CIC website. She seemed to be confident with the legitimacy and competence of the immigration lawyer. But, I am afraid that they are being conned.

Is there such an extension or a similar relief that I have not heard of? :-\ I went to the CIC website and found nothing.

Thanks in advance.
 
 

scylla

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Jun 8, 2010
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Job Offer........
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App. Filed.......
28-05-2010
AOR Received.
19-08-2010
File Transfer...
28-06-2010
Passport Req..
01-10-2010
VISA ISSUED...
05-10-2010
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There are no "extensions" available. Hope they didn't pay any money for that consult - that lawyer has no idea what he's talking about.
 

Westwood818

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Jun 27, 2010
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Scylla, thanks! That's exactly what I told the wife. But, she seemed to be convinced that the immigration lawyer is providing them expert advice and truly has a solution. I just said to be very, very cautious. I didn't want to belabor the point since she probably thinks --- who should they listen to --- me or an immigration lawyer who is an "expert"?
 

scylla

VIP Member
Jun 8, 2010
84,440
16,415
Toronto
Category........
Visa Office......
Buffalo
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
28-05-2010
AOR Received.
19-08-2010
File Transfer...
28-06-2010
Passport Req..
01-10-2010
VISA ISSUED...
05-10-2010
LANDED..........
05-10-2010
There's really no link to send because the extension doesn't exist. I suppose the closest thing is the following link which states that you must fulfill the 2 years out of 5 years residency obligation to maintain PR status.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/about-pr.asp#keep_status

If the wife thinks this immigration lawyer is so great - I would challenge that lawyer to provide a link from the CIC web site that confirms extensions are available.

Someone should really report this lawyer to the authorities.
 

Westwood818

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Jun 27, 2010
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Could the lawyer be thinking of applying relief based on H&C grounds?


http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/op/op10-eng.pdf
 
 

scylla

VIP Member
Jun 8, 2010
84,440
16,415
Toronto
Category........
Visa Office......
Buffalo
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
28-05-2010
AOR Received.
19-08-2010
File Transfer...
28-06-2010
Passport Req..
01-10-2010
VISA ISSUED...
05-10-2010
LANDED..........
05-10-2010
Westwood818 said:
Could the lawyer be thinking of applying relief based on H&C grounds?


http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/op/op10-eng.pdf
Perhaps. But that's very different than an extension.

Also, financial / economic reasons (such as working outside of Canada) aren't regarded as grounds for H&C. So the husband would have a very weak H&C case.
 

scylla

VIP Member
Jun 8, 2010
84,440
16,415
Toronto
Category........
Visa Office......
Buffalo
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
28-05-2010
AOR Received.
19-08-2010
File Transfer...
28-06-2010
Passport Req..
01-10-2010
VISA ISSUED...
05-10-2010
LANDED..........
05-10-2010
Good luck with the talk.

If the husband is able to re-enter Canada before his PR card expires and remain in Canada for long enough to meet the 730 days in five years residency requirement - he can apply to renew his PR card. However if the husband continues working outside of Canada - this obviously won't fly.

If the husband loses his PR status his wife can always sponsor him through family class once he's ready to actually live in Canada.
 

Westwood818

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Jun 27, 2010
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I also informed them of those two options. But, I'll find out soon enough from the husband exactly what the lawyer told him.

Thanks again!