I Applied for Permanent Residency; Can I Still Visit Canada Temporarily?
There are a variety of ways individuals can achieve permanent residency (PR) in Canada. Though, most often this process takes a very long time. As a result of this, individuals often wish to be in Canada, before they receive status as a permanent resident. This is a very confusing situation to be in. Allow me to break it down. Essentially, if you’re not a permanent resident, and only have the authority to be in Canada as a visitor, it is crucial that you are clear with an immigration officer you have every intention of leaving Canada once the period of time which you are permitted to stay in Canada is over. If you do not convince an immigration officer that your intention to visit Canada is to visit temporarily, you will not be allowed to enter Canada. Though, if you have submitted an application for permanent residency, you have clearly demonstrated your intent to reside in Canada permanently. Therefore, you may be wondering how you could be allowed to visit the country, if you cannot prove intent to leave. Though this is a confusing situation, there is a way to declare your intent to remain in Canada permanently, and ask permission to visit temporarily, without automatically being denied the privilege of visiting. If this sounds like the circumstance you’re facing, continue reading this blog to learn more.
What is Dual Intent?
Dual intent is essentially how you explain to Canadian immigration officers that you would like to reside in Canada permanently someday, but before having status as a lawful permanent resident, you would like to stay in Canada either as a visitor, a student or a worker. To help this explanation, allow me to provide an example. Someone who has dual intent would have already submitted an application for permanent residency, and would then continue by applying for a temporary resident visa (if they are from a non-visa exempt country), or an electronic travel authorization (if they are from a visa-exempt country). When your application for a temporary resident permit is assessed by an immigration officer, they will still be looking for proof that you intend to leave at the end of your authorized temporary stay. It is important to understand, you can still demonstrate a willingness to leave the country if your status as a lawful visitor expires, even though you have expressed a wish to remain in the country forever through your application for PR. It is still a requirement of individuals who have declared dual intent, to prove to an immigration officer that you will comply with the conditions of your visitor visa, and will not stay longer than you are allowed....