Visitors, students and temporary workers in Canada affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have been given until December 2020 to restore their status.
A new public policy carried out by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on July 14, 2020, will come as much relief to many people in Canada worried over their status.
Instead of the usual ninety (90) day window, temporary workers, students and visitors currently in Canada whose status expired after Jan. 30 will now have until the end of the year to apply for restoration.
They must meet the specified requirements for the type of status and authorizations they are applying to restore.
The policy also extends to former work permit holders applying for employer-specific work permits to work while their application for restoration is under process.
To be eligible, the former work permit holder must:
- Have a valid job offer.
- Submit or lodge a work permit application approved by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or for a position that is LMIA-exempt.
- Inform IRCC through the process set up for eligible foreign nationals
An IRCC statement said: “The coronavirus pandemic has affected the ability of temporary residents to provide a complete application and on IRCC’s ability to process them.
“In addition, many temporary residents have had problems finding flights home, with air travel restricted from travelling around the world.
“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated challenges, a new public policy has been introduced that provides an extension to apply for restoration beyond the current ninety (90) day timeframe for foreign nationals in Canada.”
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said on Twitter: “The coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult for individuals who have study, work or temporary resident visas to renew their documents.
“Currently, we are allowing those people until December. 31, 2020 to restore their status.”
By opening such a significant window and backdating it to January, IRCC (Canada’s immigration department) will be hoping it catches everyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
This public policy extends beyond anything related to the COVID-19 implemented for temporary residence to date.
Previously, IRCC and a number of provinces in Canada had offered a significant grace period for the submission of documents, but giving visitors, students and workers until the end of the year to renew their status takes the support to a new level.
It also serves to highlight the anti-immigration policies presently being implemented by the Trump administration in the United States.
The two neighbouring countries have reacted in different ways to the coronavirus pandemic, underlined by Canada’s success until in curtailing a virus currently ravaging through several U.S. states.Share with friends