IRCC will consider circumstances when temporary residents are unable to depart Canada
On February 5, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended new instructions regarding those temporary residents who are unable to depart Canada. The officers are urged to take into account the inability of foreign nationals to depart Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially important whether there are commercial flights and whether international airspace is open in certain countries. Such applicants should provide an explanation to IRCC explaining why they need to remain in Canada with the submission of their application. At the same time, IRCC states they must apply in advance of their current temporary resident status expiring.