How to extend your stay in Canada?

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If you entered Canada as a visitor , you must have entered on one of the two documents:

  • An electronic travel authorization
  • A visitor visa (also known as temporary resident visa)

If you wish to extend your stay in Canada, you need to apply for a visitor record.


If an individual wants to extend his/her stay beyond the expiry date, they must submit a formal request, in the form of an application, to IRCC for determination. If approved, a visitor record will be issued and the foreign national can remain in Canada until the new expiry date.


You must submit a complete application package and provide your personal information and necessary documents. You may apply through the online portal here

The steps to apply are as follows:

  • Make sure you have all the necessary documents
  • Pay the fees
  • Make sure to fill in the form as completely as possible
  • Sign and date your forms
  • Submit your application, required fees and all supporting documents online


Online application takes 103 days to process on average, while paper applications take 111 days.


⦁          Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for key economic immigration programs. Potential applicants will need to be eligible under one of the following federal economic immigration programs:

⦁          Federal Skilled Worker Class

  1. The Canadian Experience Class
  2. The Federal Skilled Trades Class A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are also streamlined through Express Entry, however candidates must be eligible under one of the three federal programs in order to enter the Express Entry pool.

The EE process requires foreign nationals to create an online profile based on the applicant’s age, language ability, education, and Canadian and foreign work experience. Points are assigned for each of these categories; this is known as CRS score. Candidates compete with each through the CRS, because it is used to rank candidates. Once the profile is active, the potential candidates’ applications sit in a virtual pool waiting for an ITA for one of the processing streams. The rounds of invitation chart shows the CRS point score needed by a foreign national in order to receive an ITA. After receiving an ITA, the foreign national must pay a processing fee. A foreign national only pays the fee once you have received an ITA and submit an application for PR under the indicated economic category.

CRS is not a selection criteria (like the 67 point grid assessment used for the Federal Skilled Worker Class), rather it is a ranking system for candidates who are eligible under the FSW, CEC, or FSTC

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada conducts Express Entry draws at regular intervals (usually every two weeks). In these Express Entry draws, candidates above a certain rank are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Invited candidates are given 60 days (now 90 days due to the pandemic) to submit an online application for permanent residence including all supporting documentation.

Candidates in the pool who have not yet been selected are able to improve their Express Entry profile and score.


Provincial Nominee Program can be put to use if you think your CRS is not up to the mark. Each province or territory has its own PNP with in-demand occupation listed designated to meet the specific needs of its job market. So, graphic designers may be in demand in Alberta, for example, however, may not be in demand in Nova Scotia.

The great things about these PNPs are that receiving a provincial nomination, which is worth 600 extra points and can be added to your CRS points, could guarantee that you receive an ITA for Canadian permanent residence. This will automatically boost your chances and put your application ahead of the rest.


The eligibility factors for PNPs vary from province to province. As PNPs are a part of an economic immigration strategy, PNPs are usually organized in such a way that they attract workers who can readily contribute to the economy and who have a high likelihood of remaining in that province. Therefore, some PNPs prioritize immigrants who have experience in occupations which are in-demand in that province. Other PNPs prefer immigrants who have a connection to the province, like a relative, as this increases the chance that they will remain in the province.


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