When To EXTEND Your Visa and/or RESTORE Your Status in Canada
This article is designed to inform you what you should know about your Canadian Temporary Visa, when to EXTEND your visa and/or when to apply to RESTORE your status in Canada.
Temporary Residents in Canada include: Visitors, Foreign Students & Temporary Workers.
NOTE: Every foreign resident in Canada (visitor, student or temporary worker) has a limited time to be in Canada according to the immigration law. It is your responsibility as a temporary resident visa holder to understand how long you are authorized to stay within Canada; when to extend and/or restore your visas, if applicable.
This article will focus on foreign students
Advantages of Studying in Canada
Do you know that as a Canadian student on valid study permit, you may be eligible to apply for the following visas?
- Open Work Permit for Your Spouse and Common-law Partner;
- Temporary Resident Visas for Your Dependent Children;
- Post-graduation Work Permit (8 months or 3 years);
- Permanent Residence Visa; and
- Canadian Citizenship
Extending Your Study Permit
WHY should you extend your study permit?
- To maintain valid temporary resident status;
- To qualify for post-graduation work permit;
- To be eligible for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class.
WHEN should you extend your permit?
- 30 days prior to expiration.
Consequences of Living in Canada with EXPIRED Visa/Status.
- When you visa expires, you are illegal in Canada
- Must restore your status before you can extend your permit/visa
- Must submit application to restore your status within 90 days of visa expiration;
- Could face deportation;
- Bad immigration records;
- May have difficulties obtaining Canadian visas and/or visas to other countries in the future.
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