Notice: 2011-06-03 Canada's postal service is on strike. Find out how this affects you.
How the Canada Post strike will affect you
The Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers failed to reach a deal on negotiating a new collective agreement. As a result, the postal workers began a strike and will not accept, process or deliver mail to you effective 11:59 PM EDT Thursday, June 2, 2011. This will affect you if: you are submitting an application for temporary residence or wish to extend your status
you are submitting a new application (permanent residence or citizenship) or missing documents
your status is about to expire and you have not yet submitted an application to extend your status
your status expires during the strike
you are now out of status
you have already sent your application but it might not have arrived before the strike
If you are applying from overseas and you have not already sent your application, you can send it by courier or wait until the end of the postal strike.
Find out more about how the strike is affecting processing times, your application status and fee payments or contact us.Submitting an application for temporary residence or extending your status
If you are already in Canada and wish to apply for a Study Permit, a Work Permit, an Off-Campus Work Permit or a Post-Graduation Work Permit, or you wish to Extend Your Stay as a Visitor, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application online. Find out how to complete an online application.Submitting a new application (permanent residence or citizenship) or missing documents
All application forms and guides can be downloaded and most forms will need to be couriered to us.
If you choose to use a courier, please make sure to submit your completed application to the address provided in the application package, ensuring that you include the fee receipt and all the necessary documents.
Ensure you provide an e-mail address when you fill out your application form so that Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) may communicate with you by e-mail. Your status is about to expire during the strike
If your temporary resident status (e.g., as a worker, student or visitor) is about to expire, you should ensure that your application to extend your status is received by CIC before your status expires as shown on your immigration document. If you do this, your period of authorized stay as a temporary resident will be extended by law until a decision is made and you are notified. In this case, you are considered to have implied status as a temporary resident during that time, as long as you stay in Canada.
Note: “Implied status” only applies if your conditions do not change. For example, if you apply to renew your study permit and the permit expires before you receive an answer, you can continue to study in Canada until you receive a decision. If you hold a work permit, you may continue working under the same conditions as your previous work permit while on implied status if you have applied to extend your stay in Canada as a worker.
As a temporary measure, if your status is about to expire during the postal strike and you cannot use online applications or courier services to extend your status as a temporary resident, CIC will grant you an implied status for the length of the strike. In that case, you will be given a one-month grace period after the strike to submit an application to extend your status without having to restore your status. You have lost your status
You may apply to restore your status only if you have not been out of status for more than 90 days.
After you apply to restore your status, you may stay in Canada until a decision is made on your application, but you are not allowed to work or study until your status has been restored. There is no guarantee that your application will be approved.
Applications to restore status must be made from within Canada – restoration cannot be granted at ports of entry. If you leave Canada, you will be deemed to be seeking a new entry on your return and will not be eligible for status restoration.http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/canada-post-strike.asp