How to extend your temporary status in Canada?

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IRCC has provided a number of options for the people to extend their temporary visas so that they can stay in Canada peacefully. Temporary residents will have the option to apply for a new temporary status without leaving Canada. This option is applicable even if the temporary status is expired.

Through this option of maintained status, visitors, students, and temporary foreign workers can stay in Canada.

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Bridging Open Work Permit

This is an option which is beneficial for the temporary workers who have applied for permanent residency, but their temporary status is going to expire.

Post-graduation work permit

There are certain programs that are not renewable, and they include a post-graduation work permit. Such workers have to apply for a different work permit while living in Canada.

It is advisable for the students not to apply for Temporary Resident Visa as they will not be given the chance of studying or working in Canada. They can apply for visitor record so that they can stay for a period longer than six months.

People having temporary resident visa have the option to apply for a Visitor Record. Such people can live in Canada for more than six months. But this option will also not allow the people to work or study in Canada.

There are specific cases in which the immigrants may be exempted from work permits. We will talk all about permits in detail in this article.

Work Permits

There are two categories of work permits. The first category is neutral Labor Market Impact Assessment, and the other is LMIA exempt. In the case of LMIA, an employer has to show a proof that there is a need for a foreign worker in his organization. When the employer gets a positive or neutral response from Employment and Development Services Canada, the employer sends the confirmation letter to the worker. Now it is the turn of the worker to send the application for the work permit to IRCC.

There are certain work permit programs like Global Talent Stream in which the tech employers have the option to skip LMIA and processing time for GTS speeds up. These work permits take two weeks to get processed. Quebec has its own list of occupations, and these occupations have to go through facilitated LMIA processing. Temporary foreign workers have the option of getting LMIA-exempt work permits.

Study Permit

The candidates who have a good financial condition can apply for this permit. Students can stay and study, and they will also be allowed to work part-time during their studies. During the scheduled breaks, they can work for full time.

An educational institution has to accept the application so that a study permit can be given. After completing the education, students will get the option of applying for permanent residence.

Post-Graduation Work permit

The post-graduation work permit can be taken up by international student graduates. These graduates have to complete their studies through a designated learning institution. The work permit will allow the students to work with any employer. Candidates whose study duration is longer than eight months and shorter than two months can apply for this work permit.

Bridging Open Work Permit

Bridging Open Work Permit can be given to those permanent residency applicants who can live in Canada even after their temporary status has been expired. The immigration programs that are eligible under this permit are listed here:

  • FSWP
  • CEC
  • FSTP
  • PNP
  • QSW
  • Agri-Food Pilot Program

Spousal Open Work Permit

If you have a spouse or common-law partner who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident status, he or she has the option of going for spousal sponsorship. If the sponsorship is being applied while living in Canada, the applicant will be benefited through Spousal Open Work Permit.

Conclusion

Canda work permits are of different types and are beneficial for temporary and permanent residents. People can apply for these work permits to live, study, and work. Some work permits need LMIA assessment, while others can be LMIA-exempt.

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