Temporary Residents Have Until August 2021 to Restore Status
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the extension of a temporary policy for temporary residents.
Temporary residents who had valid status on or after January 30, 2020 but whose status expired on or before May 31, 2021 will have until August 31, 2021 to apply to restore their status.
Under normal circumstances, temporary residents (i.e. foreign workers, students, and visitors) are allowed 90 days to restore their status should it expire while they are in Canada.
This temporary policy is an extension of one that was announced in July 2020. Last year, IRCC stated that any temporary residents whose status expired after January 30, 2020 would have until December 31, 2020 to apply to restore their status.
Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, IRCC is extending this policy to accommodate for travel restrictions and border closures that may affect temporary residents in Canada.
Am I eligible to stay in Canada?
In order to be eligible for the new policy, you must have been in Canada with valid status between January 30, 2020 and May 31, 2021. You must have remained in Canada since entry, and lost your temporary status during this period.
You must also pay the application processing fees to restore your status as a temporary resident.
What to do if Your Work Permit Expires COVID-19 Canada
This temporary policy also applies to foreign workers. If you are in Canada on an expired employer-specific work permit, you can continue to work in your role while a decision on your restoration application is pending.
It’s important to note that you must have held a valid work permit in the 12 months before the date on which you send in your restoration application.
Apply to Restore Your Status
You can apply to restore your status online using an IRCC secure account. You will first complete a questionnaire to determine which forms you’ll need to complete.
After you provide some preliminary information, you will have access to the appropriate forms and document checklist needed to apply for a restoration of status.
Restoration of status applications can be confusing and overwhelming. If you require assistance with your application, you can book a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with us to ensure your application is met with success.
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.