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Please note that the information provided below is not legal advice and is intended for general information purposes only. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Updated June 29, 2023

On this page:

  1. Overview
  2. Student status
  3. Visitor status
  4. Worker status
  5. Maintained status
  6. Remote studies with no status in Canada
  7. Out of status & restoration
  8. Refugee claimant
  9. Refugee status (protected persons)
  10. Diplomatic status
  11. Permanent residence (PR)
  12. Canadian citizen

Overview of Status in Canada

According to IRCC, Having legal status means you are authorized to enter and remain in Canada as a temporary or permanent resident under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act…

Foreign nationals in Canada must maintain a valid status in Canada at all times. This may require you to meet certain conditions or to apply to extend your status document. For most international students, this means having a valid study permit throughout your studies. Though you may also hold another kind of status in Canada at some point in your life.

For any questions about status in Canada or to provide proof of your status document, please email and include your student ID number.

Learn more about various statuses below.