If you’ve applied for a new immigration status but it won’t arrive before your current status expires, you may still be able to stay, study, and/or work in Canada during this time. This is called ‘maintained status' (formerly ‘implied status’).
This could happen when you are:
- Extending the same status
If you are extending your immigration status AND have submitted your application before your status expires (for example, you have a study permit and apply to extend your study permit before expiry)
- Changing your status
If you hold valid status in Canada, AND are applying for a different type of status (for example, you have a study permit and apply for a work permit)
If you do not apply to extend your stay before your status in Canada expires, you must stop studying and working immediately and apply to restore your status, if eligible.
It is very important that you submit your application online before 11:59 pm Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), not midnight your local time, the day your status expires to have maintained status.