Residence Calculator


The residence calculator is for permanent residents applying for citizenship as adults (18 years of age or older).

You can use the calculator to find out if you have lived in Canada long enough to be eligible for citizenship. If you have, the calculator will tell you that you are eligible to apply. If you have not, it will tell you when you will be eligible to apply.

What is the residence requirement?

To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you must have lived in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) out of the four years (1,460 days) preceding your application. Please note that you cannot meet the residence requirements for citizenship without a minimum of two (2) years as a permanent resident.

When calculating your time in Canada:

  • only the four (4) years preceding the date of your application are taken into account;
  • each day you lived in Canada before you became a permanent resident counts as half a day;
  • each day you lived in Canada after you became a permanent resident counts as one day;
  • time spent serving a sentence for an offence in Canada (e.g. prison, penitentiary, jail, reformatory, conditional sentence, probation and/or parole) cannot be counted toward residence - there are some exceptions to this rule;
  • absences from Canada may have an impact on your residence. Only a citizenship judge can determine if you meet the residence requirements with fewer than 1,095 days of physical presence.

In order to help you decide when to apply, the residence calculator does three different calculations:

How do I use the residence calculator?

  • Fill in all the required information
  • Make sure you enter all dates correctly
  • Make sure you list all time spent serving a sentence in Canada in the last four years
  • Make sure you list all your time away from Canada in the last four years

What happens next?

The calculator will tell you if you meet the residence requirement.

For more information

Consult Frequently Asked Questions or call the Citizenship and Immigration Call Centre.


If you are inactive on this application for 30 minutes or more, you will be 'Timed-Out’. It is a security feature to ensure your identity and to protect your information.