Temporary residents have more time to extend stay in Canada

Canada Immigration

The situation is improving at some places after the pandemic. But it cannot be considered completely safe to start the operations. Considering the effects of the pandemic, Canada is offering flexibility to the temporary residents who want to extend their stay in the country.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced a new policy providing the temporary residents with more time to apply for the restoration of status. The temporary residents had 90-days periods to submit the application for a restoration of status.

Now, IRCC has extended it to December 31, 2020, to restore their status assuming the candidates meet the requirements of the status they are applying to restore.

This policy is for the individuals who had a former work permit, study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV) who are in Canada and status expired after January 30, 2020.

This change also enables former work-permit holders who are applying for an employer-specific work permit to work in Canada while the federal government makes a decision on restoring their application. Such individuals need to have a job offer, must submit the application for a work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or possess a job offer that does not require LMIA, and they must notify IRCC about their current situation.

IRCC, throughout the difficult times in this pandemic, has encouraged the temporary residents who have remained in the country to renew their work, study or temporary resident status in order to maintain their legal authority to be in Canada.

IRCC recognizes that due to pandemic, temporary resident applicants are facing issues in submitting the completed application and IRCC is facing issues in processing the application. Also, the IRCC understands that such individuals are facing issues in returning their home due to lockdown in most of the countries and limited availability of flights.

Hence, the IRCC is taking the required measures to support the immigrants and temporary residents as much as possible.

If you require help restoring your status, please contact wp@canadavisa.com.


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