Under subsection 5(1.1) of the Act, a citizenship applicant can count time residing with their Canadian citizen spouse who was employed outside of Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces or the public service of Canada or the public service of a province or territory, but not as a locally engaged staff, as time spent residing in Canada for the purpose of meeting the residence requirement for citizenship.
“Cohabitation” means living together in the same home.
Although, temporary absences may have occurred for reasons such as work, business travel, or family obligations.
In some instances, time outside Canada as a Crown servant or as the family member of a Crown servant can be counted towards the residence/physical presence requirement for a grant or resumption of citizenship.
The time that can be counted and the way it is calculated depends on if the application was received before or after coming into force of changes to the Citizenship Act (the Act) through the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act on June 11, 2015.
If the applicant travelled outside the country of residence (other than to Canada) for any other reason (e.g., vacation), this time is counted as an absence.
"Common-law partner" means a person who is cohabiting with an individual (of the same sex or the opposite sex) in a conjugal relationship, and having so cohabited for a period of at least one year.
If there was no common-law relationship prior to the marriage, the time spent outside Canada before the date of the marriage cannot be counted as physical presence under subsection 5(1.01) or (1.03).
Note: Subsection 5(1.02) permits permanent residents to count time in which they are employed outside Canada with one of the government institutions referenced above to be treated as equivalent to physical presence in Canada.
However, between 20, the number of common-law couples rose 51.4 per cent, which is more than five times the increase for married couples over the same period.
( History of Marriage and Divorce.) The overall number of young people who are marrying is decreasing and the average age for both men and women when they first marry has been gradually rising.
However, following the war, couples were reunited and the marriage rate rose.