I’ve just past the 5 year mark and was about to begin applying for my APRC. However, I’ve been hearing conflicting things about eligibility so just wanted to see if anybody knows any more -
I left 3 years ago for about 5 months. I still met the days-resident requirement for that year, and I had the same ARC number before I left and when I came back. However, I did have my previous work permit cancelled and then applied for a new one when I came back.
I called the immigration office and they said that since I came back on a new work permit, the time started again and I have to wait 5 years since that entry. However, I know people who have done the same thing and been fine. I called the ‘foreigner hotline’ and they also say it should be fine - the 5 years should not reset.
Should I try and take this up with the immigration people? Or could this be a matter of new rules?
If its the worst case scenario and I am now not eligible, I still am (almost) at 3 years. I saw they passed the bill to reduce the requirement to three years. any inklings on when that might kick in? Is it likely to take a very long time?
Really appreciate any inisght anyone has. Thanks so much!