Persons with criminal (even “minor” or historical) convictions will be inadmissible to Canada until they are rehabilitated.
Permanent Resident Cards/Residency Requirements
Permanent residents must have spent at least two years in Canada in the most recent five years, in order to maintain permanent resident status, with limited exceptions. Permanent residents who have travelled outside of Canada frequently or for extended periods, are strongly advised to seek legal assistance before further travels, re-entering Canada, or applying for another permanent resident card.
Please also see our litigation section on hearing and appeals, which may result from accusations that you have not met residency requirements.
Relinquishment of Permanent Residence
Permanent residents who have not met residency requirements may need to relinquish their permanent residence and re-apply for temporary or permanent residence. This is a serious step and should not be undertaken without obtaining legal advice.