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



Foreign nationals who are in Canada and whose temporary resident status may soon expire can apply for an extension to maintain their temporary resident status in Canada. All applicants who are unable to depart Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic should provide an explanation as to why they need to remain in Canada with the submission of their application.


If an applicant is unable to depart Canada, officers should take into consideration whether international airspace has been closed and whether commercial flights to the client’s country of origin or destination are available. As per current guidelines, applicants must apply online and must meet all requirements, including biometrics fees, as applicable.



Applicants should apply in advance of their current temporary resident status expiring.

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