For the purposes of the current public policy, persons with a "lack of status" refers to those in the following situations:
- Persons who have overstayed a visa, visitor record, work permit, student permit or temporary resident permit,
- Persons who have worked or studied without being authorized to do so as prescribed by the Act,
- Persons who have entered Canada without a visa or other document required by the Regulations,
- Persons who have entered Canada without a valid passport or travel document (provided valid documents are acquired by the time CIC seeks to grant permanent residence),
- Persons who did not present themselves for examination when initially entering Canada but who did so subsequently.
- Failure to obtain any required permission to enter Canada after being removed,
- Persons who have entered Canada with a fraudulent or improperly obtained passport, travel document or visa and who have used the document for misrepresentation under IRPA.
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