As a temporary visitor or resident in Canada, it is your responsibility to ensure that your status stays valid throughout the duration of your stay. That means you must apply to extend your visitor visa status before it expires. But what happens if your status expires before your application to extend has been approved? In this case, you can legally stay in Canada under the conditions of your previous permit/visa. This is known as “maintained status” or “implied status”. This legal status will be valid until a decision is made on your application for renewal.
During this period, the conditions of your previous visa will apply. That means, under maintained status, you will be allowed to work, study or continue your stay based on the conditions of your work permit, study permit or visitor visa.
What Is the Difference Between Maintained Status and Implied Status in Canada?
There is no fundamental difference between the two except the name. In 2021, the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) changed the name of “implied status” to “maintained status” as the former caused much confusion among officers and applicants as implied is not a typical term used to describe legal status. Therefore, it was changed to ‘maintained status’ to clarify to applicants that this status is a benefit for applying for an extension of their current legal status in Canada.
How Can You Apply for Maintained Status?
To get maintained status, you must have held a valid temporary resident visa in Canada that you applied for an extension for before it expired. This automatically grants you maintained status in Canada to continue your stay legally.
However, the conditions of your stay might be changed. You may not be allowed to continue work or study during your maintained stay. It entirely depends on your situation. You will only get maintained status if you have applied for an extension of your current status before it expires. The IRCC suggests that you apply for an extension 30 days before your current visa expires.