August 6, 2018
November 7, 2014
No contributions allowed for non residents.
As a new resident, you are allowed $5500 x 2 years of residency = $11,000.
For full set of rules go to:
From CRA website: (edited)
"no TFSA contribution room will accrue for any year throughout which you are a non-resident of Canada"
"The annual TFSA dollar limit is not pro-rated in the year of emigration or immigration"
April 6, 2013
October 21, 2013
Norman's distinction is a valid one.
Did you pay income tax in Canada in 2015?
If so, then you must have been deemed a Canadian resident for tax purposes, and would thus qualify for the larger amount of TFSA.
However, a mistake is costly, so don't go by me.
Check your CRA profile online. It's supposed to tell you how much contribution room you have. It may or may not be up to date completely but it should be obvious if 2015/16 are included. What does it say?
Phone CRA and ask directly. I recommend calling at least 3 times to check that you always get the same answer because they are prone to misinformation.
Keep the documents related to your initial entry into Canada for the rest of your life, in a safety deposit box. Your executor might need them.
September 11, 2013
Note that you can be a non-resident and still have to pay income tax in Canada: