Prolong your stay in Canada with an out of the status exemption
People who are ‘out of status’ residents in Canada are individuals who have entered the country as students, workers, or regular visitors that now hold a visa that has expired.
The Canadian law stipulates that those people should exit the country immediately. Immigration policy has incorporated some degree of flexibility to soften the procedures. There are four means by which out-of-status residents can prolong their stay or save the entangled situation.
The restoration period, which is a ninety-day grace period, allows the visa holder to prolong their stay. For instance, a student who is still in school can apply for a restoration of visa to complete a degree.
Temporary Resident Permits
Once the ninety days Restoration Period has ended and you haven’t left the country, you can apply for a temporary resident permit. The permission to remain in Canada will be granted to you if you meet the eligibility criteria.
In-land Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds
In extreme cases, one can apply to remain in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds for conditions such as crime, health issues, financial lack or breach of the Act.
In-land Spousal Applicant
Married or common-law couples who are in Canada can apply to receive sponsorships from someone who is already a permanent resident or citizen.
Like many other countries, Canada is affected by COVID-19, is doing everything possible to recover. Many residents get stuck due to unemployment, financial difficulties, or health issues, thereby not leaving Canada before their visas expire or failing to apply for renewal. People who are in this dilemma have restrictions on working and earning, thereby impacting their living.
As of December 20, 2021, the Government of Canada announced a temporary public policy to exempt certain out-of-status foreign nationals from immigration requirements during the Coronavirus epidemic.
How Do I Benefit?
Have a valid resident status between January 30, 2020, and May 30, 2021. You must be residing in Canada in this period.
Must be out of status for more than 90 days meaning that you must have applied and used your Restoration Period.
Have a valid work permit not less than a year before your application. Your work permit should clarify that you intend to work for the employer you have identified.
Apply for the public policy exemption online.
Apply for the exemption on or before August 31, 2021.
Take advantage of this opportunity to prolong your stay in Canada before restoring your resident status! Please book a consultation with any of our immigration experts now!