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Extend your stay in Canada

Extend your stay in Canada

April 7, 2019 by ویداباقری

Extend your stay in Canada: About the process

About the process

If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor (stay in Canada longer), you need to apply before your current status expires.

If we approve your application to extend your stay in Canada, we’ll give you a visitor record.

A visitor record:

is a document that says how long you can stay in Canada

includes an expiry date

that’s the date that you must leave Canada by

A visitor record does not guarantee entry to Canada. If you plan to travel outside Canada or the United States, you need a valid entry document to return to Canada. Find out what you need to travel to Canada.

Who can apply for a visitor record

This application process is for people who want to:

extend their stay in Canada as a visitor

change their permit type from

a study permit to a visitor record

a work permit to a visitor record

Who should apply for a visitor visa instead of a visitor record

You need a new visitor visa (not a visitor record) if you meet all the conditions below:

you’re already in Canada

you already hold a valid study and work permit

you want to leave and return to Canada

your existing visitor visa is expired or was valid for only one entry

When you apply to extend your stay as a visitor, we give you a visitor record. A visitor record doesn’t guarantee you can return to Canada. If you travel outside Canada or the United States, your visitor record will not be valid for entry. That’s why you need a visitor visa.

Apply for a visitor visa from inside Canada

When to apply

If you want to extend your stay as a visitor or change your type of permit, you should apply at least 30 days before your status expires.

The expiry date for your status is on:

the stamp in your passport (this is NOT the date included on your visitor visa)

if you don’t have a stamp in your passport, the expiry date is 6 months from the day you entered Canada

your study permit

your work permit or

your visitor record (if you’ve already extended your stay)

How to apply for a visitor record

There are 2 ways to apply to extend your stay as a visitor (visitor record): online and on paper.

Why you should apply online

No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.

Online applications may be processed more quickly.

Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.

If we need to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.

You don’t need to submit your passport until we ask for it.

Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.