Temporary residents in Canada who cannot leave may be able to extend their stay
Foreign nationals in Canada whose temporary status is expiring soon may be able to extend their stay. Temporary residents who are unable to leave Canada due to COVID-19 restrictions can apply to extend their status.
In the application, individuals need to give Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) an explanation as to why they need to stay in Canada longer. Applicants must apply online and meet all requirements, including paying for the biometrics exam fees. IRCC says applicants should apply in advance of their temporary status expiring.
Those that have an application in process to extend their stay will benefit from maintained status and can stay in Canada until a decision in made on their application. This means that expedited processing is not required for these applicants.
If an individual already has an expired temporary residence status may apply for restoration within ninety (90) days after the date of expiry. All associated processing and restoration fees bust be paid.
To be eligible for restoration, the individual needs to have been in Canada with a valid temporary status between January 30, 2020 and May 31, 2021 and lost their status within the period. Foreign nationals must also have stayed in Canada since their initial entry.
Immigration officers are instructed to check whether international air travel has been closed, or whether commercial flights to the applicant’s country of origin / destination are available. Immigration officers were told that if biometrics are not collected for an application, any fee paid should be refunded.