Canada extends the grace period for restoration of status

Travel restrictions due to coronavirus have stranded many people in Canada. Of course, some do not go back because of their home country’s dire conditions or because travel is not safe. Regardless of the motive, IRCC has decided to remain flexible with foreign temporary residents. Consequently, Canada has extended the grace period for the restoration of status.

What is a restoration of status?

When you visit Canada, a border services officer decides for how long you may remain in Canada. Of course, a typical duration is six months, but they could change it by either marking your passport or issuing a Visitor Record. However, if you are an international student or a foreign worker, the situation is different. In those circumstances, you have a work permit or a study permit. Consequently, those documents explain how long you may stay in Canada. Nonetheless, international students could lose their study permit sooner.  For example, they could lose their status if they stop studying or finish their studies early. Of course, a removal order cancels your temporary status.

Whether you are a visitor, an international student or a foreign worker, you must leave Canada before your status’s expiry date. However, if you want to remain in Canada, you must file for an extension while your status is valid. What if you miss the expiry date? In those situations, you have a grace period of 90 days to apply to restore status. Visit the following page for more information:

What is the current grace period for restoration of status?

The default grace period is 90 days from the day you lose your status. Consequently, if 90 days pass, you may not restore your status. Your best option is to leave Canada. However, you could have some alternative options such as TRP and H&C. Due to the pandemic, IRCC initially extended the grace period to the end of December 2020. Nonetheless, they recently extended the grace period for restoration of status if you meet all these conditions.

  1. You had a valid status between January 30, 2020, and May 31, 2021.
  2. You remained in Canada since entry.
  3. The status expired on or before May 31, 2021.

Consequently, you may file for the restoration of status on or before Aug 31, 2021. For example, if you lost your status on June 12, 2020, you must apply until Aug 31, 2021. However, you must remain in Canada all the time.  Also, keep in mind, CBSA could still pursue removing you from Canada. Therefore, don’t use this opportunity for procrastination.

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Now that Canada has extended the grace period for restoration of status, you could benefit from it. Thus, fill out the following contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Of course, you could use this form for any other issues you are facing. However, for the restoration of status, select “Expired Status.” Alternatively, you could fill out our assessment form or book a consultation session with me.

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