Иван начал жить в Москве шестого января 2017. Сегодня четвертое апреля 2022. Следовательно

а) Иван живет в Москве пятый год.

б) Иван живет в Москве шестой год.

Which phrase is correct?

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б is the the correct one.
Or, to express a duration in whole years:

Иван прожил в Москве 5 лет.


To answer the spirit of the question, the ordinal numbers in such a construct should be interpreted like this:

It is the sixth year [in progress] now [since the stated event], i.e. 5 full years + part of the current year.

Another typical example:

Маше уже восьмой год пошёл.

Masha is in her 8th year, i.e. she is seven-and-a-bit years old.

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