How to get a Work Permit Extension in Canada?


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You can work in Canada under the terms of your employer-specific work permit, such as if you have a work permit.
where you can work, the length of time you can work, and the employer’s name (if applicable).

About the process

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  1. You must apply for an extension or modification if your work permit is about to expire or has to be changed.
  2. Before your existing permit expires, you should apply to extend your work authorization.
  3. Keep your place in society.
  4. The government of Canada allows you to continue in Canada while it processes your application to extend or amend your work permit’s terms.
  5. Check whether your work permit expires while we process your application.
  6. The date and time of your application’s submission
    Before your work visa expires, the government of Canada must receive your application. There are two methods the Canadian government uses to determine whether an application is received:

    • If you submit your application online, you must do so by the expiration date of your work permit, which is midnight UTC the day before.
    • Coordinated universal time is used by our online application system (UTC).
      Check if your time zone is in sync with the Universal Time (UTC).
      If you apply on paper, we stamp paper applications the day they arrive at our case processing centre.
      If your work permit expires before we get your application, we’ll consider the day we received it as the date.

Check the expiry date on your passport

Work permits can only be extended up to the expiration date on your passport. Ensure your passport expires no earlier than the end date of the permit you are applying for.

Who is eligible to apply?

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This application is for you if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • would you like to prolong your work permit?
  • Your work permit conditions, such as the types of jobs, employers, and locations where workers are allowed, are all in need of revisions.
  • Restriction because of a medical examination. For example, you were granted an open work permit with limits on working in health care because you hadn’t finished a medical examination.
  • need to update your work permit to reflect a different gender
  • Use this application and the Request for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier form [IRM 0002] if you identify as a different gender from the one shown on your work permit (PDF, 1.47 MB).
  • If we made a mistake on your work permit, you have the option of requesting an amendment to a legal temporary residency certificate.
  • You must learn what you must do to work temporarily in Canada without work authorization.
  • Work licences issued by certain employers
  • If you need to extend or alter the terms of your work permit, you must do so.
  • This is a promotion for you!
  • If your current position has undergone any of the following changes: a decrease in compensation, the addition of new duties, the offer of a different position, or the desire to work for a new company,
  • You can’t begin working for a new company or job until you receive a new work permit.
  • Permits to work in the open
  • Extending an open work permit is possible if you are still allowed to work in Canada with this type of authorization.

How to apply?

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  • Ensure that your company has completed all the requirements before submitting your application.
  • If you need to leave Canada and plan to return
  • Your visiting visa must be renewed if you return to Canada after it expires. You do not instantly receive a new visa when you seek to renew or modify your work permit.
  • Changing or extending the terms of your work visa usually necessitates submitting an online application.
  • The advantages of applying for a job online
  • Before submitting your application, be certain that it is error-free.
  • To verify that you can continue working under the same terms as your present work permit, you will receive a letter (WP-EXT unless PGWP).
  • If you submit a paper application, we won’t be able to tell whether it is complete until we review it, so that you won’t be eligible for this.
  • We don’t charge courier fees or wait for mail delivery; we get your application immediately.
  • More documents can be submitted online in just a few minutes (if we ask you to).
  • You will receive an email notification if the status of your application changes in any way.
Step 1: Before you start, ensure you have everything you need.

There are a few things you’ll need before you can apply online:
electronic copies of your documents with a scanner or camera.
the card that can be used to make purchases

Step 2: Read the instruction guide

You should read the application instructions before submitting your form, whether or whether you apply online. Here are detailed instructions for completing each field in the form.

Step 3: Get ready with your responses for the online tool

Before you start uploading your forms, there are a few questions you need to respond to. The Canadian government creates a special document checklist particularly for you using the data you give.

Step 4: Understand the costs you must incur.

Most of the time, your application fees will include processing fees for you and anyone else you name on the form.
At the end of your application, the government of Canada will ask you to pay your fees.

Fees for open work permits

Make sure to pay both costs when requesting an open work permit:

($155) Work Permit Fee

$100 open work permit holder charge

Step 5: Create a new account online or sign in

An online application requires an account. Using your account, you’ll be able to:

Pay your tuition and fees on time.

After submitting your application, check its status.

After you apply

  • Online applications to extend or alter a work permit can be completed at any time.
  • A letter will be sent to your WP-EXT account (except for PGWP) after you apply online, which you can use as proof that you are authorized to continue working if you meet the requirements.
  • You can print this letter and present it with your current work permit if you wish to do so.
  • The letter serves as documentation that you are permitted to continue working under the same terms as your original work permit until we complete your application.
  • If the restrictions of your initial work permit are the same, you can continue working through the expiration date on the letter until the government of Canada processes your application.
  • Why does the letter have an expiration date?
  • Your letter expires 120 days from the date we received your application, which is automatically listed. Because the letter expires in 120 days, it has a time limit of 120 days.
  • It’s standard procedure to handle this type of request.
  • Many businesses and health insurance providers require a valid work permit with an expiry date. This helps alleviate any uncertainty about your employment permission in Canada.
  • It’s possible that the government of Canada will not complete your application by the date stated in your letter.
  • If Canada’s government does not decide on your application by the date stated in your letter, you can continue to work until they do.
  • If your employer or other parties require proof that you can continue to work, you can provide it here.
  • Show them this page if you’d like.
  • To extend or alter your work permit, you must submit a paper application.
  • No letter (WP-EXT except PGWP) indicates you are authorized to work if you applied on paper. A full application and meeting the company’s standards are essential.
  • As long as your work permit hasn’t expired, you can continue working under the same terms as your present work permit.
  • To prove to your future employer that you applied, you must show them your application. Proofs that are admissible include
  • a duplicate of your work authorization application
  • documentation demonstrating that you have made all required payments
  • a copy of the tracking information provided by the postal service or courier service
What happens if the Canadian government accepts your application?

You will receive a work permit that details the kind of work you’re allowed to do, the employer you’re allowed to work for, and the location of your job, either a new one or an extension of your present one.

What to do if your permit expires?

Before your work permit expires, you can ask for an extension or change the conditions.

If you requested a work permit extension
  • If your work permit expires earlier than the duration you requested an extension, you may continue to work while it’s valid while we review your application.
  • You can continue working following the terms of your current work permit. A work permit unique to your employer means having the same rights as an employee.
  • job title/titles/location/location
  • Holders of an open work permit can still switch occupations and employers.
  • Proof that you’ll be able to keep working
  • Employers and others can see that you can continue working while processing your application. Depending on how you submit your application, you’ll need to provide different kinds of proof.
  • on the web or in print
If you applied for another work permit
  • To renew your work visa, you must apply for a new one before the current one expires.
  • Until the Canadian government decides, you can continue to work legally without a permit.
  • However, until the government of Canada makes a judgement on your application, you must continue working for the employer specified on your initial work permit.
  • You cannot begin working until the Canadian government has processed your application for a new work permit.
  • Proof that you’ll be able to keep working
  • You can provide documentation to employers and others that you can continue working while the Canadian government is processing your application. Depending on how you submit your application, you’ll need to provide different kinds of proof.
  • on the web or in print
If you requested a visitation record or a study permit

If you apply for one, you may continue working until your work permit expires.

Work permits expire, and a study permit is required for an extended stay in Canada as a visitor (visitor record).

If you’ve applied for a study permit, you won’t be able to enrol in classes until you hear back from the Canadian government.

If your current permission has expired, you cannot apply for a new one

As long as you’re in Canada, you’ll have to quit working or the conditions of your visitor visa have been violated, or your permit expired before you applied for a new work or study permit to remain in Canada.

Even though you are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits, you may be able to apply to have your status reinstated.


Can we extend our work permit in Canada?

You can apply to extend your work permit from within Canada if it is still in good standing.

How long does it take to get a work visa extension in Canada?

A total of 96 days.
In most circumstances, you’ll have to apply online and pay CAD 155 in costs. Your application will be processed in 96 days if you apply for an extension or modification 30 days before the expiration date of your current work permit.

How much does it cost to extend a work permit in Canada?

Temporary residence

Fee        Price ($CAN)

Extend your stay as a visitor – per person              $100.00

Restore your status as a visitor Visa fee not needed        $200.00


Work permit (including extensions) – per person              $155.00

How long am I permitted to remain in Canada once my work permit expires?

Your work permit can be reinstated within the first 90 days of its expiration. This will allow you to remain in Canada until further instructions are given, but you must stop working until your work permit is restored.

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