Temporary residents in Canada unable to depart Canada: COVID-19 program delivery

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

There is no fee waiver for any temporary residence applications or extensions.

Foreign nationals who are in Canada and whose temporary resident status may soon expire may apply for an extension in order to maintain their temporary resident status in Canada. As per current guidelines, applicants must apply online and must meet all requirements, including biometrics fees, as applicable.

Foreign nationals who have an extension application currently in progress will benefit from implied status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application; therefore, expedited processing is not required.


Foreign nationals whose temporary resident status has expired may apply for restoration. They must pay the associated processing and restoration fees, as applicable.

If the applicant is eligible for restoration

The officer proceeds with the assessment of the application (medical results, bona fides, etc.).

If all other requirements are met, the officer issues a visitor record (or appropriate permit) outlining the conditions for the restoration of status. The document is mailed to the client.

If the applicant is not eligible for restoration

The Minister’s delegate decides on a disposition for the case. The following options are available:

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