Author: Al Parsai, LL.M, RCIC-IRB
Last Updated On: June 28, 2024

Proposed Changes for Easy Cancellations of Temporary Residence

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) proposes changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. These changes aim to simplify the cancellation of temporary resident documents, including visas, eTAs, work permits, and study permits. By providing clearer guidelines, IRCC intends to address inconsistencies in the current regulations. The proposed amendments seek to enhance decision-making efficiency and improve the overall management of temporary residents in Canada. However, these changes also make it easier for the officers to cancel these documents, which could adversely affect thousands of people every year.

Circumstances for TRV Cancellation

A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) allows foreign nationals to visit Canada temporarily. Under the proposed changes, officers can cancel a TRV if:

Circumstances for eTA Cancellation

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) allows visa-exempt foreign nationals to fly to Canada. Under the proposed changes, officers can cancel an eTA if:

  • The officer believes the holder won’t leave Canada on time.
  • The holder received a work or study permit refusal.
  • The holder’s passport was abandoned.
  • An administrative error caused the issuance of the eTA.

Additionally, an eTA will automatically cancel if:

  • The holder becomes a permanent resident.
  • The holder’s passport is lost, stolen, or destroyed.
  • The holder dies.

Circumstances for Work Permit Cancellation

A work permit allows foreign nationals to work in Canada temporarily. Under the proposed changes, officers can cancel a work permit if:

  • An administrative error resulted in the issuance of the work permit.

Additionally, a work permit will automatically be cancelled if:

Circumstances for Study Permit Cancellation

A study permit allows foreign nationals to study in Canada temporarily. Under the proposed changes, officers can cancel a study permit if:

  • An administrative error resulted in the issuance of the study permit.

Additionally, a study permit will automatically be cancelled if:

  • The holder becomes a permanent resident.
  • The holder dies.

Public Feedback on Proposed Changes

The proposed changes are now available in Canada Gazette Part I. Consequently, everyone can share their concerns, support, or suggestions with IRCC. However, the submission deadline is July 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM EST. Contact Erin Cato, the Senior Director of the Admissibility Branch, at [email protected]. Your feedback is important in shaping these regulations.

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    Al Parsai, LL.M, RCIC-IRB

    Al Parsai is a distinguished Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) hailing from vibrant Toronto, Canada. Al's academic achievements include an esteemed role as an adjunct professor at prestigious Queen's University Law School and Ashton College, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University (Osgood Hall Law School). A respected member of CICC, Al's insights are further enriched by his experience as the dynamic CEO of Parsai Immigration Services. Guiding thousands of applicants from over 55 countries through the immigration process since 2011, Al's articles offer a wealth of invaluable knowledge for readers.