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PR residency requirement and border control

Discussion in 'Permanent Residence in Canada' started by mira_johnson, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Hi,
    As a PR there are residency requirements as we all know. If moving to Canada close to the "deadline" for meeting residency requirements (i.e. for the first time after 2.5 or 3 years) might border control be tough on a permanent resident and potentially even revoke someone's PR just because they are worried someone "might" not live up to the residency requirements after the 5 year period is up, despite that the permanent resident have every intention to? Are they even allowed to do that? Any examples, facts or insights are welcome.

    I'm curious how tough and "unfair" they can be at the border.
  2. Basically, no, to all your questions.
  3. Zardoz, thanks, can you elaborate? How can we know for sure?
  4. Thanks for the link, zardoz. Glad that kind of practice is at least not mentioned as a routine for the examination officers.
  5. Please leave yourself a buffer and don’t arrive at the 3 year mark. We see so many examples where people arrive at the 3 year mark and then they have a family emergency and want to leave but they are torn due to their RO. Many don’t factor in things like business travel. If you are unable to travel outside Canada that could impact your employment options.
  6. CBSA can't revoke PR status. If they suspect a PR has not met the RO, they can only report the person for investigation. If a person has been out of Canada for less than 3 years since the day they landed, it is impossible for them to NOT meet the RO. CBSA doesn't report people who meet the RO, regardless of suspected future actions.
  7. It would be a buffer of 3.5 months, I know the earlier the most ideal. I'd like to occasionally visit the U.S. too, but now it's down to only leaving the option open for "emergencies". Unfortunately, life happens
  8. Thanks canuck, so if I understand you correctly, they couldn't even report a person for investigation, given that its been less than 3 years anyway? What could they investigate?
  9. A 3.5 buffer isn't ideal - but certainly better than nothing.

    When calculating the buffer and five year period, make sure you're doing it from the date of landing rather than the expiry date of the PR card.
  10. Yeah, for sure! Thanks for the heads up anyway, it would be an expensive mistake!

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