Canada: Canada clarifies travel rule for residents with ‘implied status’

What does the change mean? This option has been available for some time, but Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently clarified its policy guidance on the matter. Visa-required residents with implied status who travel to any countries other than the U.S. and St. Pierre and Miquelon still must apply for visas or be in possession of a valid multiple-entry visa before returning to Canada.

  • Implementation time frame: IRCC updated its instructions on June 13.
  • Visas/permits affected: Temporary Resident visas (TRVs).
  • Who is affected: Visa-required residents on implied status while an application to extend their period of authorized stay in Canada is pending.
  • Impact on processing times: Under the policy, affected travelers to the U.S. or St. Pierre and Miquelon save the time it takes to apply for and obtain a visa.