My Temporary Resident Status in Canada Expired. Do I now have to leave?

Temporary Resident Status in Canada Expired?

Q. Hello,

My friend’s Temporary Residence Status in Canada expired. He failed to apply for Restoration of his status within 90 days of his expired status. However, he was recently offered a new job in Canada with an approved Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.

Canada Immigration advised him to go back to the Philippines where he is from. Is this the correct advice? If so, how long will it take for him to get his Visa to return to Canada?

Thank you!


What to do if your Temporary Resident Status in Canada Expired

A.  When someone is in Canada as a temporary resident whether it’s for visitation, work or study and that status expires, there is a 90 day period within which to apply for Restoration of that status. This application can be made from within Canada. However, if the Restoration application is not made on time, then are no options other than making a Humanitarian and Compassionate application (if appropriate). In most cases, the applicant will indeed have to leave Canada and apply to a Canadian Embassy or Consulate from outside Canada. The problem is that the overseas Visa Post may refuse this application due to the fact that the applicant overstayed his or her status in Canada in the past. In other words, this past “immigration violation” could come back to haunt the applicant in any future application. It is therefore very important to show, in addition to the qualifications of the applicant, proof that there will be no future overstays or immigration violations despite mistakes made in the past. Not an easy hurdle to overcome.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

2 thoughts on “My Temporary Resident Status in Canada Expired. Do I now have to leave?

  1. Shawnett J

    I am applying for PR in Canada along with my husband. We will not be bringing his daughter with us. However we would have to declare her as a dependent and she is visually impaired. Will she affect our medical exam or cause us the fail the medical exam?

    1. Michael Niren

      That is a good question. If she is excluded from the application as a permanent non-accompanying dependent, then her medical condition should not be a factor in your or your husbands admissibility to Canada. However, this is a matter that should be reviewed by an immigration lawyer as medical inadmissibility issues are complicated.


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