How Many Times Can You Extend Your Visitor Status Within Canada?

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I have been in Canada for 1.5 years as I was able to extend my visa twice. Could I try for a third visa extension form, or will it be automatically refused?

There is no statutory limit on the number of times a person can extend visitor status. Instead, the officer will consider the history of the applicant, the purpose of the visit, and whether there is a valid reason to continue visiting. The primary concern of the officer will be that the applicant intends to remain in Canada permanently, in which case the extension would not be granted. In some circumstances, numerous extensions can be granted as they make sense in the overall context. For example, where a parent seeks extensions while waiting for permanent residence. In other circumstances, there appears to be no valid reason to remain in Canada, and the officer will deny further extensions. It is important to get legal advice based on your specific, individual situation.

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Nancy Myles Elliott is a business person and lawyer, focusing on solutions for individuals and companies seeking to invest or relocate in Canada. Ms. Elliott leads her own law firm, focusing on immigration and citizenship law, as well as advising on corporate legal matters relevant to new immigrants.
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