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September 11, 2023

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Shreya Udani

What is The Role of the Physical Presence Calculator

When it comes to achieving Canadian citizenship, one of the most important factors to consider is your physical presence in Canada. For permanent residents aspiring to become Canadian citizens, the Physical Presence Calculator is an invaluable tool that can help you to easily calculate your eligibility required for physical presence in achieving citizenship dream. In this article, we’ll discuss into what the Physical Presence Calculator is, its significance, and how it can help in your journey toward becoming a Canadian citizen. 


Requirements for physical presence in Canadian Citizenship: 

To qualify for Canadian citizenship, you must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of 1,095 days (about 3 years) within the five years immediately preceding your citizenship application date.  

However, it’s essential to note that merely meeting this minimum requirement might not be enough. It is recommended applicants to aim for more than 1,095 days of physical presence, as this can account for potential errors in absence calculations or other factors that might inadvertently reduce your total physical presence days. 

Moreover, a key requirement for meeting the physical presence eligibility is having a minimum of two years as a permanent resident. This underlines the significance of obtaining and maintaining your permanent resident status before embarking on your citizenship journey. 


Key points to note for Calculation: 

When using the Physical Presence Calculator, it’s crucial to understand how your time in Canada is tabulated: 

  • Five-Year Window: Five years immediately leading up to your citizenship application date are taken into account for calculating your physical presence. 
  •  Temporary Presence: Each day you were physically present in Canada as an authorized temporary resident (such as students or temporary foreign workers) or protected person before becoming a permanent resident is counted as half a day, with a maximum cap of 365 days (about 12 months).  
  •  Permanent Residency: Every day you spend in Canada after becoming a permanent resident count as one full day toward your physical presence requirement. 
  •  Exclusions: Time spent serving a sentence for a criminal offense in Canada, does not contribute to your physical presence total. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. 


The Physical Presence Calculator is an indispensable tool for permanent residents pursuing Canadian citizenship. It offers a clear and accurate assessment of whether you meet the physical presence requirements, enabling you to plan your path to citizenship with confidence. By understanding the calculator’s requirements and ensuring you meet the minimum criteria, you can take the next step toward unlocking the privilege of Canadian citizenship. 


Feel free to contact SPS Canada for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.   



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