The Canadian government has recently eased up on some rules due to the difficulties brought by the pandemic. If you lost your status and are currently staying in Canada with your Canadian spouse or common-law partner, you can still apply and reapply for family sponsorship, regardless of the reason your status has lapsed.
Thanks to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you can still pursue your dream of turning your temporary residency permanent without all the hassles. This article will tell you what you need to know about this process.
What Usually Happens
Anyone who goes to Canada, either to simply visit some relatives and friends, look for work, or study in a university, needs to have valid status as a temporary resident of the country. Eventually, this status will expire, and those who want to stay longer should restore their status so they can keep staying, working, or studying in the country.
However, the Canadian government understands that times have been complicated recently. Not all people can freely go out and perform their responsibilities, so CIC has become more lenient with its rules.
Before this option, foreign nationals visiting Canada temporarily needed to leave or reapply as soon as their visa expired. In some rare cases, these foreign nationals were requested not to come back to the country again or had their applications rejected.
The Introduction of the New Policy
To help out, the CIC established a policy that would encourage foreign spouses or partners to stay longer while still keeping their responsibilities balanced.
The policy states that the CIC will not consider the lack of status as a cause for foreign nationals to leave the country. The only thing needed is for them to be eligible for sponsorship, and their sponsor (spouse or common-law partner) can still support their partner according to the government’s definition. The CIC uses the inland spousal/partner sponsorship as an essential tool to prevent partners from suffering from uncertainty, cost, and heartache.
However, keep in mind that the new policy only applies to foreign nationals whose problem is lack of status alone. Others who pose a security threat to the country will be asked to leave.
About the Public Policy
On July 14, 2020, a temporary public policy was released that exempted foreign nationals from specific government requirements, such as the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), but certain conditions apply.
That policy got an extension until August 31 this year. Another update was that the policy was given a more comprehensive range. All foreign nationals who entered Canada from January 30, 2020 to May 31, 2021 would be eligible to apply. To benefit from this policy, they must forward their applications on or before the last day of the extension, August 31, 2021.
The Canadian government does its best to protect all in its borders, including temporary visitors, in all ways possible. As long as you are a law-abiding person, you can be exempted from any penalty. If you think the new policy can help your case, make sure to check if you are eligible for the program and apply before the deadline. Reach out to a Canadian immigration expert if you have any questions or concerns.
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