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.