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January 24, 2022
Do You Know How To Calculate Canadian Citizenship Eligibility?
One of the eligibility criteria to become a Canadian citizen is that you need to have been physically present in Canada for three out of the last five years.
Among other criteria, if you are age 18 and older, you need to have been in Canada for at least 1,095 days out of the five years immediately before you apply for citizenship. The first thing to note when calculating your citizenship eligibility is that you need to have been a permanent resident for at least two years in order to meet the physical presence requirement. After you become a permanent resident, each day in Canada counts as one full day toward your citizenship application.
Each day you were physically in Canada as a temporary resident before you became a permanent resident counts as half a day, up to a maximum of 365 days. So, if you were a temporary resident who did not leave Canada for three years, it would only count for 365 days. Again, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) consider only five years immediately before the date of your application for the physical presence requirement. If you have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for the past five years, for example, then the time you spent in Canada as a temporary resident does not count. If you were not a temporary resident before you got permanent residence, then you need to have spent at least 1,095 days, or three years, in Canada.
In addition to the physical presence requirement, here are some of the other eligibility criteria for Canadian citizenship:
• You need to be able to speak either English or French well enough to communicate in Canadian society. If you are between ages 18 and 54 you have to submit proof of language proficiency.
• You cannot have a criminal history that prohibits the granting of citizenship, as decided by IRCC.
• You must be aware of the rights and responsibilities of citizens and have basic knowledge of Canada’s geography, political system, and history.
• You may need to file taxes in Canada for at least three years during the five years before the date you apply.
• Also, you must submit a formal application to IRCC and pay a government processing fee, and right of citizenship fee.
Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for Canadian citizenship. Then once approved, applicants between ages 18 and 54 will have to take a citizenship test. Then you must attend a citizenship ceremony receive a certificate of Canadian citizenship, and take the Oath of Citizenship. After that, you officially become a Canadian citizen.
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January 23, 2022

A Statistics Canada study shows that international students have been a growing source of labor in the Canadian economy over the past decade. The significant increase in the number of international students arriving in Canada in recent years has resulted in increased participation in the PGWPP, according to a recent Statistics Canada study.

Over the past decade, the number of first-time study permit holders in Canada has continued to rise, from around 75,000 in the mid-2000s to 250,000 in 2019, the study says. Consistent with this trend, a greater proportion of international students have moved on to participate in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) and obtained a work permit after they graduate.
The PGWPP is a temporary worker program that offers international students who graduate from Canadian post-secondary institutions the possibility of obtaining an open work permit to stay and work in Canada. To be eligible for the program, candidates must have completed a program of study of at least eight months at an eligible institution in Canada.

The duration of the permit is then based on the length of the completed study program, up to a maximum of three years. As an open work permit, the post-graduation work permit allows international graduates to work in any occupation anywhere in Canada and to change employers at any time.

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