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FAQ Work Permit

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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?

Yes, if you applied for a work permit extension before your work permit expired, you can keep working until a decision is made on your application. You must stay in Canada and meet the conditions of your original work permit. For instance, if you have an employer-specific work permit, you must still work for the employer named on that permit. IRCC does not provide confirmation that you have implied status in Canada. However, you should keep proof that you submitted the application before your work permit expired. This includes copies of the application, the fee receipt, and something that confirms the date it was sent and delivered.

I have applied to extend my work permit. Can I travel outside Canada?

You can leave Canada and come back. However, one of three things will happen when you return to Canada. You may be allowed to come back to Canada as a visitor, if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not yet decided to extend your work permit. If this is the case, you cannot work until you get your work permit extension. The officer at the port of entry may ask you to prove you have enough money to support yourself in Canada. You may be allowed to come back to Canada as a worker, if the officer at the port of entry finds out that IRCC extended your work permit while you were away. You may be asked to apply for a new work permit at the port of entry. You must also meet all other applicable entry requirements.

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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