March 20, 2018 – Canada immigration candidates who have pending permanent residence applications can still apply for temporary residence and a Canada work permit under dual intent regulations.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) allows one to legitimately have two intents.  One can have separate, individual applications for temporary and permanent residence.

The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website states that 'the issue of dual intent affects all categories of immigration applications'.

Central to the issue of dual intent is whether the candidate is making a bona fide application for temporary residence. The outcome of any permanent residence application must be independent of the candidate's intention to leave the country when their temporary residence visa expires.

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