Applicants of permanent residence in Canada tend to think that, once their application has been filed, they can stay in Canada without requesting an extension of their temporary stay to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
This is a common misconception that has caused a lot of problems for many immigrants, including delays of their processes and in some cases the refusal of their application.
Extending your temporary status in Canada while your application for permanent residence is in process is not a very complicated process, but it has to be prepared carefully to be consistent in both applications so none of them is affected by the other. There are even some provisions in the Law that support the application of a temporary application while being in the process for a permanent one. This is called dual intent.
A very common mistake that applicants make while applying for a temporary status extension while their permanent residence application is in process, is not to mention that their permanent residence application has already been filed, or not enclosing the adequate evidence to prove so.
Another common mistake in these types of cases is that applicants provide inconsistent, incomplete or contradictory information in their temporary residence applications in connection with their previously filed permanent residence application.
If you are in this situation, we would recommend you to keep a legal status at all times during your stay in Canada while applying for your permanent residence.
To receive professional assistance in your application, please contact us.