FAQ Work Permit
My work permit expired and I did not apply to extend it. Can I stay and keep working in Canada?
You can apply to restore your work permit in the first 90 days after it expires. If you do this, you can stay in Canada until you get further instructions, but you must stop working until you receive your restored work permit. There is no guarantee that your application will be approved. Otherwise, you must leave Canada right away when your work permit expires. If you do not leave, you could be deported and will need permission from an immigration officer to come back. To restore your work permit:
- Send an Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada as a Worker to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta;
- On the form, say you are asking for your status to be restored and your work permit extended, and explain why you stayed in Canada longer than allowed.
Can I keep working if my permit expires? How do I prove this to my employer?
I have applied to extend my work permit. Can I travel outside Canada?
I have applied for a new work permit. Can I stay in Canada if my work permit expires?
Yes. You can stay in Canada, and may be able to keep working, under what’s called implied status. That means the law implies you are a temporary resident. The implied status lasts until Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) decides on your new permit application. However, you must respect the following requirements: If you applied for another work permit
- You must stay in Canada and meet the conditions of your original work permit. If you applied for a work permit extension before your work permit expired, you can keep working under the same conditions as your existing permit until IRCC decides on your application unless you have applied to extend your stay under another category.
If you applied for a different kind of permit
- You cannot do any of the activities allowed by the original work permit. For example, you may have come to Canada as a worker and then applied for a study permit. If so, you must stop working once your work permit expires. After that, you cannot work or study until you get a new permit.
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