The government of Canada announced certain relaxations for the applicants who seek Canadian citizenship amid COVID-19 outbreak.

“If you are applying for Canadian citizenship, the time you have spent abroad due to #COVID19 will not count as days in Canada,” the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) said in an online statement.

However, the statement added that the applicants will still have to meet the physical presence requirement.

The statement further added that the time the applicants spend outside of Canada doesn’t count toward their physical presence requirement, except in some cases and they (applicants) can count the time spent outside Canada toward the physical presence requirement for citizenship if they are a permanent resident employed in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, federal public administration or public service of a province or territory.

CIC also added that the applicants can also count the time spent outside Canada toward the physical presence requirement for citizenship if they lived outside the country with their Canadian spouse or common-law partner or permanent resident spouse, common-law partner, or parent who were employed in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, federal public administration or public service of a province or territory.

“This doesn’t include employment as a locally engaged person,” the statement said, adding that the physical presence requirement only uses time after an applicant becomes a permanent resident or his/her common-law relationship began (for calculating residence with a common-law partner).

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