I'm a US citizen studying in Canada. I'm currently in the process of renewing my study permit. I sent my application on May 12th, but only applications sent up to May 10th are being processed. My permit expired June 29th. During my process, I had to return to the US for a number of reasons. However, bottom-line is that I left the country when I shouldn't have. I was able to return to Canada once before, during a renewal process, so I did not know I'm not supposed to do this. I originally wanted to return in August a couple of weeks before the school year started, but now I'm afraid I won't get my study permit in time for the beginning of the school year. I'm extremely afraid of being denied entry, being held in customs internment, and being sent back. I guess what I'm asking is, will I be able to return on my implied status? What documents would I need for my return? (I have everything that I sent with my application, except for my status letter, but I can request another one from my university). How do I prepare for being denied re-entry? For the couple of two weeks before school starts, I'm returning early as a visitor (to see my boyfriend), would this allow me back into Canada?
Thank you so much for your help. I'm just a worried mess right now, and I don't know what to do. I don't know if I would have the same luck as last time, and return on an implied status.
Here is what CIC has to say about implied status.
If a temporary resident applies for renewal of their work or study permit and their permit expires
before a decision is made, R186(u) and R189 (the right to continue working or studying under the
same conditions pending a determination of their application for renewal) apply only as long as
the person remains in Canada.
A temporary resident with implied status who has left Canada may:
• be allowed to re-enter Canada as a temporary resident, pending a decision on the renewal of
their application to study or work in Canada, provided they are TRV exempt as per R190 or on
a multiple-entry visa. They may not resume work or study in Canada until their application for
renewal has been granted.
For those not able to resume work, they must satisfy the BSO that
they have sufficient means of support. (Note that this applies to foreign nationals who are
TRV exempt as per R190(3)(f) and to those on multiple-entry visas.)
• be allowed to apply for a new work or study permit at the port of entry provided they have a
right to do so under the Regulations.
As you are a US citizen, if you have proof of funds and the acceptance letter you could apply for a new study permit on your return