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Subject: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship
  Hi everybody...

I am very thankful and gladful to ask now for the sweetest and best quastions...the quastions about applying for the Canadian Citizenship.

I first came to canada on first of January 2004 by a Student visa,,,in March 2005 I switched my visa to Permenent Resident..during my stay in montreal I traveled three times to my home country..the total absence is 5 months...I know its too early to apply...but I just wanna get a good idea about the best time to apply...

note: the canadian customes didnt stamp my passport for the last entery...and I have no idea when I left canada and when I came back(I mean the exact dates) and the dates for my home country is not the same as the date u know guys...its completely different...like 2006 equal 1427 for my home country date(its the hijri arab date).
so is it bad to not include the last trip...

your help is really appreciated.

Roy do your office offer a service to help Permenent resident applying for the canadian citizenship? "I live in montreal"

again thanks a lot for help...

ed

[20-12-2006,17:15]
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ed
(in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
Ed,

If you want to be on the safe path to citizenship, then try to remember the dates and time when you weren´t in Canada. You may not remember the exact day, but if you concentrate, you will be able to remember it down to the week, or at least to the month. If you do not remember all that, then I doubt you are able to remember which country you´re currently in.

Once you remember these "numbers", visit this page and you will easily be able to see if you meet the residence requirements, and IF and WHEN you are, or will be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship:
http://services3.cic.gc.ca/rescalc/resCalcStartNew.do?&lang=en

Good Luck!

Uniden

[20-12-2006,18:18]
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Uniden
(in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
Thanks Uniden for the quick responce.

Sure I remember the month I were out of Canada...so being 100% accurate with the canadian immigration is very important...to be hounest with you...if look at my passport you will be amazed how much stamps there is inside my passport...but thanks god I wrote down the exact dates for the first two trips.

Uniden I was wondering if its such a good idea to attach some documents like my canadian certificate diploma and some canadian bills and bank account statement to proof that I was in Canada plus a letter from my appartment owner saying that I was living in the appartment from three years ago....

Thanks again Uniden...

[20-12-2006,19:35]
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ed
(in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
Ed,

I don´t know for sure whether you should include all these items. Just attach the required documents per CIC´s instructions, and file a month later rather than a month too early to have your application denied due to not having met the residence requirement. "Better safe than sorry", you know the saying..

Also, your clock started ticking as you turned a PR, anything before doesn´t count as far as I know.

The burden to prove that you were in Canada for the required time is on you as the applicant. If you believe that Canada doesn´t have a record of your exits and entries, act as if they knew about it. Be rather generous when you do the math calculating your stay in Canada.
I am sure you will not run into any problems, most problems are mostly of imaginative nature. We are just paranoid humans, I am one of them too :)

Good luck, my friend!

Uniden

[20-12-2006,20:40]
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Uniden
Thanks a lot Uniden (in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
Thanks a lot Uniden.

wish u the best...

ed

[20-12-2006,22:53]
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ed
(in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
Dates may not be 100% accurate. I also forgot accurate dates in my application though I had a clear memory and was pretty sure that would fall +/- 3 days.

But ED, can´t you translate the entry dates in your passport from Arabic to English? I think if you have the dates stamped there, it is surely possible. You may conatact with your Travel Agent or Airline if you are totally lost.

Untill they ask you additional documentations, no need to send any. If they need, they´ll ask you for particular documents.

[21-12-2006,10:29]
[***.254.208.242]
Shah
(in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
I did that...I sent the arabic dates to my cousin...and he will translate it for me to English...

and I will do exactly like what you said...just send the documents requested...

Shah do u remember how many months does it take from the time u send the documents till u became canadian citizen?

Thanks a lot Shah...its really apperciated.

Ed

[21-12-2006,10:35]
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ed
(in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
14 monts for me.

Don´t be disappointed by that, I think it varies from city to city.

The time I applied, there was a Govt. employee strike in between,that killed few months.

[21-12-2006,12:07]
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Shah
(in reply to: Hi Guys...quastion about applying for citizenship)
Thank you very much Shah...

Ed

[21-12-2006,12:43]
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ed
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