Canada Citizenship Lawyer for Days of Residency Issues
We've recently seen the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada become far more aggressive in proactively verifying and enforcing the days of residency rules against our clients when they are reentering Canada after a trip abroad. Even though you may have a permanent residency card with years left prior to expiry. we are seeing those cards being revoked, and departure orders being issued against our clients, because of it being impossible for our clients to fulfill their residency requirements in the remaining months and years they have on the cards.
At the time you apply for citizenship might also be sent a days of residency questionnaire if there is any doubt in the minds of IRCC over whether you've met the number of days in Canada cut off. IRCC might even demand to see proof of travel documents including airline tickets to prove the periods of when you left and returned to Canada. While Canada keeps entry records, Canada maintains no comprehensive exit records. And even entry records can be deficient. You must be very careful when filling out the residency questionnaire as even the smallest gap in information may be fatal to the success of your citizenship application.
It's possible to appeal IRCC claims of failures to meet the residency requirements to the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Even if you were deficient on your days in Canada, you may stand a chance making a Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds claim to the IRCC depending on your personal circumstances.