Canada is making better decisions that favor temporary visa holders in the country. These could be those who study or work in Canada who are facing difficulties in restoring or renewing their visa status due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Offering more flexibility and time to temporary residents, Canada has announced its new immigration policy. The current grace time of 90 days to apply for restoration of their visa status has been extended. Now, the temporary visa holders in Canada have time until December 31, 2020.
IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) has made this new decision applicable to the holders of temporary resident visa, Canada study visa, or work permit. Their current status must have expired after January 30, 2020.
Using this facility, they can now stay in Canada longer while they proceed to apply for visa status restoration or renewal, provided they fulfill all the requirements of the visa status they are applying to restore.
This extension of the time to apply for visa status restoration is also enabling former work-permit holders who are applying for an employer-specific work permit. They can now keep working in Canada while the federal government decides on their application. These applicants must:
- Have a job offer
- Submit a work permit application supported by an LMIA (Labor Marker Impact Assessment) or an LMIA job offer
- Notify IRCC about their present status
IRCC has been asking temporary residents in the country to renew their temporary visas to ensure that they are staying in Canada legally. The measures implemented by IRCC like this extension, has been done to help the residents as much as possible. It’s also a step taken after recognizing the difficulties faced by these people to go back home or to return to Canada due to flight cancellations and border closures owing to COVID-19.
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