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Canada extends public policy for temporary residents applying to restore status

Effective January 1, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is renewing a temporary public policy that provides more time for temporary residents to apply to restore their legal status in Canada.

This public policy, which has been in place since July 2020 but was set to expire, recognizes that many temporary residents in Canada have been affected by worldwide health- and travel-related restrictions, and may need to remain in Canada for longer than they anticipated.

Under the public policy, visitors, students and workers whose valid temporary status expired, or expires, between January 30, 2020, and May 31, 2021, will have until August 31, 2021, to restore their status.

In addition, the public policy will continue to allow former work permit holders applying for an employer-specific work permit to work while a decision on their restoration application is pending.

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