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Can I Apply to Extend a Work Permit from Inside Canada?

By November 5, 2023 December 20th, 2023 No Comments

Absolutely! You can request an extension for a work permit from inside Canada. This is particularly important if your work permit is nearing expiration or if you aim to modify its conditions. In this regard, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) advises that you take action at least 90 days (3 months) before its expiry.

Some of the conditions you may want to change include a new job offer, changing employer, or changes to your current work position, such as increased responsibilities, change in salary, or the terms of your work permit. You do this since the law stipulates that you can’t start working for a different employer or take a new position until you obtain a new work permit with the updated terms.

However, while the IRCC processes your application, you are lawfully permitted to remain in Canada.

How To Renew Your Work Permit

In most situations, if you want to amend or extend the terms of your work permit, you have to apply online. The extensions vary based on different categories, offering flexibility tailored to individual circumstances.

The eligibility requirements to extend work permit in Canada include various factors. This includes compliance with visa regulations, specific program criteria, and employer-related conditions.

Here are the steps you need to take to renew your work permit.

Step 1 – Confirm Your Work Permit Expiration Date

Obviously, the first thing you should know is when your present work permit will expire. As mentioned, you should request an extension early(at least 90 days in advance) to avoid being taken off guard by its expiration. Although you can pick up where you left off when you renew, you may have to quit working if you miss the deadline.

Step 2 – Online Application

You will need an IRCC account to apply online. Register here if you do not have one. Also, you should have digital copies of all supporting documents. For guidance, refer to the Canadian government website to confirm the list of the supporting documents you will need.

You may need all or some of the following documents:

  • Completed application forms
  • Proof of current status in Canada (if applicable)
  • Proof of family members’ status (if applicable)
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (if applicable)
  • Written job offer (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae(CV)/ résumé
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) (if applicable)
  • Proof of meeting job requirements
  • Valid passport copy
  • Education credentials copy
  • Medical examination results (if requested)
  • Evidence of financial capacity to sustain in Canada and return home
  • Receipt of payment for government fees
  • Recent passport-sized photographs

You will answer specific questions to generate a personalized document checklist for your application.

Make sure you complete your application before sending it in, as unfinished work may cause a delay in the processing of your permit request.

Step 3 – Pay The Application Fee

Naturally, your application for a working permit extension includes payment. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your request for a working permit extension, there are different processing fees. For instance, for a regular WORK PERMIT EXTENSION, the fee is $155. This fee increases by $100($255) if you are filing for an OPEN WORK PERMIT EXTENSION.

Step 4 – Timelines and Processing

The government representative will evaluate the various standards to determine whether you still fulfill the conditions necessary to obtain a work permit renewal. They may reach out if any further action should be required from you. Otherwise, you will receive a work permit for the new working circumstances or an extension of your present work permit if they approve your application. 

Bottom Line

As evident, the renewal procedure is quite simple. Presumably, you are already acquainted with your circumstances and the aspects to contemplate while renewing your work permit. Nevertheless, if you remain unsure about the steps to take, seeking guidance from a Canadian immigration attorney is advisable. The legal experts at Immigrationway will collaborate with you to comprehend your circumstances and assist with the application procedure.