The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) establishes residency requirements and obligations with respect to each five-year period after the granting of permanent residency status.
Pursuant to subsection 28(2), a permanent resident complies with the residency obligation provisions if, for at least 730 days in that five-year period, the permanent resident is physically present in Canada or is:
— outside Canada accompanying a Canadian citizen who is his or her spouse or common-law partner or is a child accompanying a parent;
— outside Canada employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the public service of Canada or of a province;
— or— is an accompanying spouse, common-law partner or child of a permanent resident who is outside Canada and is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the public service of Canada or of a province.