Immigration has always been the driving force behind Canada’s labour force and economic growth. One of the most common routes that immigrants take in order to become a permanent citizen comes in the form of implied status. Considering how it’s one of the best ways to immigrate to Canada, it’s rather surprising how little people actually know about it. To help remedy this, we’ve prepared a brief breakdown of everything you need to know about implied status.
What Is Implied Status?
Implied status is afforded to people who were temporary residents (workers, students, or visitors) that applied to extend their stay in the country before their current status expired. A person with implied status is allowed to carry on with whatever they were doing in the country. The tricky thing about this is that even though people with implied status are legally allowed to stay within the borders of Canada, they do not have legal documentation that confirms this. The only proof that they actually have is their previous status documentation along with the documents indicating that they’ve submitted an application to extend their stay.
What Happens If You Leave Canada on Implied Status?
One vital part of implied status is staying in the country. There are different repercussions for leaving depending on what kind of temporary resident you were:
- Workers: While workers can continue to work in Canada even when they’re on implied status, this all changes once they leave the country. If you leave Canada while you’re on implied status, you will not be allowed to legally work in Canada when you return unless you have a new work permit issued.
- Students: Students under implied status are allowed to study in the country while waiting for their new study permit to be issued. However, this all changes when they leave the country. Students who leave when they’re under implied status won’t be allowed to study in Canada upon their return unless they are issued a new study permit.
- Visitors: There are no repercussions for leaving the country as a visitor. This is because the length of time that visitors are allowed to stay in the country is determined by Canada Border Services Agency upon entry.
Can People On Implied Status Become Permanent Residents?
There are no issues regarding people under implied status when it comes to becoming a permanent resident. Because it is a legal status in Canada, it’s a perfectly acceptable route to take for people who want to eventually become permanent residents.
Now, this all changes if your application for an extension is initially rejected. If this is the case, you will first need to leave Canada in order to become a permanent resident. This is because you need to have a valid legal status in Canada in order to qualify to become a permanent resident.
We hope this article has helped shed some light on what implied status is and what it means for people who want to be permanent residents of Canada. As you can see, implied status is actually quite flexible and forgiving in terms of what you can and cannot do. For those of you who have more specific questions about this topic, we suggest speaking with an immigration professional.