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What will happen if my study/work permits are set to expire during this time?

There will be a delay in processing times due to COVID-19. We would suggest planning ahead and applying as soon as possible for your upcoming IRCC applications. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner it will begin being processed. Click here to see estimated processing times, but bear in mind these will not be accurate during COVID-19 interruptions. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 and the various office closures, the biometrics deadline has automatically been extended from 30 to 90 days. Click here for more details. 

Study permit/co-op work permit extension applications: As long as you apply for your study permit and/or co-op work permit extensions before your current permits expire, you have implied status. Implied status allows you to remain in Canada and continue studying and/or working. 

NOTE: If you leave Canada while your application is being processed, you will lose your implied status and must then ensure that you have a valid permit and visa (TRV) or eTA (electronic travel authorization) before re-entering Canada. 

See our FAQs on processing permits and application delays.