A visitor visa with temporary residence status authorizes you to legally stay in Canada to visit, work or study for a definitive period of time. You may also be required to follow specified terms and conditions based on your visa and the purpose of your stay.
You are required to apply for an extension when you want to either change the conditions of your stay or extend your visa.
Visa extensions are one of the most commonly requested types of Canadian visas.
Who Qualifies for a Visa Extension?
You can only apply for visa extensions from within Canada. To qualify for a Visa Extension you must be:
- A visitor to Canada
- A study permit holder
- A work permit holder
A visa extension can be applied by those who still hold a valid legal status in the country.
What are the Requirements for Different Visa Extensions?
The requirements for a Visa extension depends on the type of Visa.
Visa Extensions for Visitors: A visitor visa allows non-citizens to stay in Canada for a period of 6 months at a time. They are either single or multiple entry visas. However, at the end of 6 months, your legal status will expire, and you will be required to leave the country unless you apply for an extension at least 30 days before your current visa expires.
You will be allowed to stay in Canada if your current visa expires while your application is being processed.
Visa Extensions for Study Permit Holders: A study permit allows international students to stay in Canada for a period of time based on their study program and other factors.
Your study permit defines your work conditions, the period of stay, study course restrictions, etc. If you want to extend your study permit, then you must apply to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
You may apply at least 30 days before your current permit expires. If you fail to do so, you have 90 days to apply for a restoration permit. If you want to change your course, institution, or the conditions on your study permit, it may not be enough to apply for just an extension.
Visa Extension for Work Permit Holders: Canada offers a host of work permits that have their own specified application process. However, if you want to apply for an extension or change any conditions on your work permit, then you will need to do so before your current permit expires.
You will be required to file for an extension 30 days before your work permit expiration date. You can not extend your work permit beyond the validity period of your passport.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Visa Extensions
You can apply for an extension of your visitor visa any number of times. However, the purpose of your stay, history, and valid reason to continue your stay will be considered before granting an extension.
You can extend your study permit within the validity period of your passport.
Yes, you are allowed to remain in Canada for up to 90 days after your study permit expires. You may either file for an extension or leave Canada at the end of this period.
Yes, you are allowed to remain in Canada for a period of 90 days and apply for an extension. However, you can not work during this period.
You are allowed to extend your work permit for any number of times in Canada.
Yes, if the extension you applied for was before the expiration of your visitor visa, then you are allowed to stay in Canada until a decision on your application has been made.
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