Canada Gives Workers, Students, and Visitors Until End of Year to Renew Status
Visitors, study, and work permit holders in Canada impacted by the COVID-19 disease outbreak will have time to reinstate their status before the end of 2020.
A new public policy introduced on July 14, 2020, by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would bring considerable relief to many Canadians with questions regarding their status.
If your status expired after January 30, then you now have time until the end of 2020 to submit an application to restore your status. Applicants must follow the criteria for the type of status and authorization they applied for.
The regulation also covers former work permit holders who are applying to work on an employer-specific work permit whilst their application is being processed.
To become eligible, a former work permit holder must meet the following requirements:
- Have a job offer.
- Submit a work permit application supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or for a position that is LMIA-exempt.
- Notify IRCC through the process set up for eligible foreign nationals
The pandemic has had an effect, according to the IRCC statement, on the availability of temporary residents to send complete applications and on the capability of IRCC to review them.
The pandemic and its related problems have resulted in the adoption of a new public policy. The legislation offers an option for foreign citizens in Canada to apply for restoration beyond the current 90-day timeframe.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino: “The pandemic has made renewing the documents more difficult for people with work, study or temporary resident permits. Now, we are enabling those people to regain their status until Dec. 31, 2020.”
By opening such a wide window and backdating it to January, IRCC hopes it can target all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
This public policy goes beyond all that applies to the temporary residence prerequisites due to COVID-19.
IRCC and a number of Canadian provinces had previously provided a substantial grace period for document submission. Nonetheless, allowing candidates to extend their status until the end of the year brings support to a new level.
It also helps to illustrate the anti-immigration policies that the Trump administration is currently enforcing in the United States.
The two neighboring countries created polar opposite in their approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic, characterized by the success of Canada before curtailing a virus that is currently widespread across many U.S. states.