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Visa Extension Requirements in Canada: How to Extend Visitor Visa

November 1, 2020BY Dale Carroll

A visitor’s stay in Canada can be extended as a visitor, student, or worker. The key to being successful is to do it with time using the correct forms and having the correct information. It will allow you to understand what can and cannot be done and the consequences of each action.

Here are the visa extension requirements in Canada and a little detailed process on this topic.

Visa Extension Requirements in Canada: Step by Step

1. Extend your stay as a visitor:

Simply enter the request for an extension of your visitor status before the expiration date of your authorized stay. This date is determined at the airport when entering Canada. This date can be in the following forms:

  • A stamp in your passport, which indicates that you have been staying for 6 months.
  • A stamp in your passport with a date written by the immigration officer at the airport. In this part, the written date will be the expiration date of your stay.
  • A brown document that says “Visitor Record,” which indicates the date of departure and this document must be delivered to Immigration before leaving Canada.

2. Extending your stay as a student:

There are three ways to change your status from visitor to student, and each has its requirements:

Applications submitted at offices within Canada:

As long as these applications are submitted before the visitor status expires, the applicant would have an implicit status. It means that they can remain in Canada legally until Immigration decides on the extension request. The people who qualify for these types of requests are:

  • Studying a course is a prerequisite for studying a post-secondary or graduate program
  • Dependents of a person who has a work permit or study permit
  • A minor who would study primary or secondary
  • Exchange students
  • People who have a temporary residence permit valid for six months or more, and their dependents
  • Applicants for permanent residence under family sponsorship who have received a pre-approval (approval in principle)
  • People who are under an exit order and their dependents

Applications filed in offices outside of Canada:

People can submit applications to offices outside of Canada, even if they are within Canada.  These applications are usually submitted online. Unlike applications filed at offices within Canada, these do not confer implicit status on the applicant.

One factor to take into account in this type of application is that you need to be outside. The applicant will have to leave Canada and re-enter to receive their study permit at the border or the airport. Applicants who have a visitor visa for the United States can do so on any border with this country.

Applications presented at the immigration offices at an airport or border office:

Only citizens and residents of the United States can apply for a study permit in this way.

3. Extending your stay as a worker:

There are three types of requests to change your status from visitor to worker, and each has its requirements:

Applications filed in offices within Canada:

The following people can apply for work permits this way:

  • Dependents of a person who has a work permit or study permit
  • Students who have graduated from a program that qualifies for a post-graduate work permit
  • People who have a temporary residence permit valid for six months or more, and their dependents
  • People who have applied for permanent residence
  • People who have requested refuge

Applications filed in offices outside of Canada:

People can submit applications to offices outside of Canada, even if they are within Canada. This is almost the same as we stated before.

Applications submitted at immigration offices at an airport or border office:

This is an option only for people who do not need an entry visa for Canada. Such countries are Chile, Mexicas, and America.

It should be noted that each applicant must meet specific requirements to qualify to apply. Hence the importance of having correct information before applying can affect your eligibility in subsequent applications. It will also allow you to save time, money and not risk losing your status in Canada.

Note:

When we speak of dependents, we refer to

  • Spouse
  • A common-law partner who have lived together for at least one year, and
  • Children up to 18 years of age

How I Extend My Visitor Visa in Canada?

The visitor visa is valid for trips of up to six months for tourism or business purposes. This authorization is also required if you have to pass through Canada to make a third country stopover.

If you wish to extend your stay in Canada, maintain the time limit. You will have to request this extension at least 30 days before the scheduled date of your departure from the country.

To extend a stay as a foreign visitor, you need to fill out an online form or download the paper version. The reason for requesting such an extension should be clearly indicated. It is also necessary to face the payment of the extension fee.

Those who wish to extend their stay are advised to read the Canadian government guidelines carefully. Information you must provide includes:

  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Languages
  • Members of your family
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Income / Net worth: It should be clearly mentioned that you can bear expenses. If you are not financially well-off, add an affidavit of a friend or family who is a PR. They will make sure that they can help you financially.

Final verdict

The approval of an extended stay will depend on the Government of Canada. Keep in mind that a person who wants to stay in Canada for longer needs to clear their motives. If everything goes right, you will have no problem getting an extension order.

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