Canadian Government creates options for stranded travelers with expired visas

Expired Visa? The Canadian government has a solution for those stranded during the recent volcanic eruption.

The Canadian government announced on Thursday, April 22, that they would be introducing special accommodations for visitors from other countries whose visas may have expired during the severe and prolonged travel delays due to the recent volcanic eruption.

The volcano that erupted in Iceland is still causing air traffic delays across the globe. Mt. Eyjafjallajökull experienced a volcanic eruption on March 20th that led to massive plumes of ash being released into European airspace on April 15th. The ash has still not cleared up and has stranded thousands of travelers because of cancelled or indefinitely delayed flights throughout much of Europe. Air travel in the area is only now becoming safe enough for planes to conduct test flights.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said that anyone whose temporary residency expired on or after the date of April 15th but were unable to leave Canada because of the air travel delays would have their temporary residency status in Canada extended for another 30 days with no fees.

Also, temporary residents who were outside Canada at the time of the eruption and were unable to return on time can replace their travel documents for free if their purpose of travel is still valid. Those who were unable to move to Canada and had their permanent residency visa expire during the same time period will also have provisions made available for them.

Any extensions given will expire on June 30 at the very latest.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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