If your study or work permit expires after Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has received your application to extend your permit, you will still be considered a temporary resident of Canada until a decision about your application is made. This is known as "implied status".
With implied status, you may continue studying and working in Canada (if eligible to work) until you receive a response from IRCC as long as you meet the conditions of your study permit while you remain in Canada.
If you leave Canada with implied status, you may re-enter, provided that you have valid TRV from a TRV-exempt country or have a TRV exemption under R190(3)(f). (Temporary residents – including students – from TRV-required countries who have implied status and are seeking re-entry to Canada following a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon are still considered to be TRV exempt). In this case, however, you may not resume study and work until your application for renewal is granted.
We strongly recommend that, when you re-enter Canada at the border (port of entry), you present documentary proof of your application, such as a:
- Copy of your application
- Copy of the fee payment receipt
- A copy of the confirmation sent by the IRCC