Travel restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic have brought a lot of challenges to people who are not able to travel to Canada and are consequently stuck where they are. This has been increasingly challenging for spouses or common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who applied for permanent residence through Spousal Sponsorship.
It has been especially difficult for people who arrived on a temporary resident status to apply for permanent residence as they have fallen out of status and require additional documentation to extend their stay in Canada. This would normally mean that they are overextending their stay out-of-status in Canada, which is illegal and could lead to a removal order being issued.
Luckily, the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced a policy to help out-of-status spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This has been done since these individuals have strong ties to Canada and have a likely chance to transition to permanent residence in the future.