Regulation 181(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that a foreign national may apply for an extension of their authorization to remain in Canada as a temporary resident if:
- the application is made by the end of the period authorized for their stay; and
- they ahve complied with conditions imposed on their entry to Canada.
Regulation 181(2) further states that an officer shall extend the foreign national’s authorization to remain in Canada as a temporary resident if it is established that the foreign national will leave Canada by the end of the period authorized for their stay, holds a passport and is not inadmissible to Canada.
There are many factors that immigration officers will consider in assessing whether to extend someone’s status in Canada. These include:
- What is the individual doing in Canada?
- How long has the individual been in Canada?
- How long is the extension request for?
- Do they have a valid job offer? If so, are they able to perform the work?
- What activities has the individual done during their time in Canada?
- Are they earning enough to support themselves?
- Can someone else provide adequate support?
- Does the individual have the means and ability to either return to their home country or to proceed onward to a third country?
- Has the original purpose of the visit been fulfiled?
- Is the proposed extension logical, reasonable and feasible in light of the person’s circumstances?
- What ties does the person have to their home country?