Implied status is a carry-over term from previous legislation.
Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), an applicant’s status is extended by operation of law while their application is being processed.
Since this is legal status, the term “implied” causes much confusion amongst officers, applicants and stakeholders.
Therefore, the department is replacing “implied” with “maintained” in our public pages and program delivery instructions.
The instructions were updated to clarify that clients who have applied to extend their status benefit from an extension of their period of authorized stay by law.