What Is The Process For Renewing Or Extending A Work Permit In Canada?

Before a work permit can be renewed, some questions must be answered.

What are the circumstances? How long have you been here? How many times have you renewed your application or is this the first time? Is your employer willing to continue offering you work?

The employer must first get confirmation from Human Resource Development Skilled Canada/Service Canada to renew the work permit. Then the worker goes through the process of applying. Immigration Canada allows these two processes to proceed concurrently, but if confirmation from HRDSC/SC does not arrive, then the work permit fails, so there are some risk factors.

Can work permits be extended?
Sometimes the job runs for longer than the time allowed on the permit. In that circumstance, the worker and the employer can apply for an extension. Because of the time it takes to receive confirmation, it is recommended that they start the process at least 60 days before the permit expires. If it is a circumstance that doesn’t require confirmation, they need to allow at least a month for the application for extension. If someone is not eligible for a work permit extension, then the recommendation is to get a visitor’s permit so at least their status is legal. Once everything is in place, we can convert that visitor permit to a work permit.

Some work permits are not extendable. For example, students who have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada may apply for work term experience under a special work permit called the “post graduate work permit.” In this circumstance, the student applies for the job and applies for the work permit, but the employer does not have to go through the process of getting a confirmation from HRDSC/SC. However, if the employer wishes to continue employing this person at the end of their one- or two-year work permit period, then he must go through the confirmation application process. If successful, the student may apply for the work permit as well. They both have to go through the whole process again, and there is no guarantee that it will be successful.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with immigration law issues in the Kitchener, Ontario Region, contact Jennifer Roggemann Law Office for a consultation.

This information is taken from an interview from September 19th, 2007 interview with Jennifer Roggemann, Immigration Lawyer with Jennifer Roggemann Law Office, a Kitchener Ontario Canada Immigration Law Firm. This article is provided as an information service only and should not be used as legal advice. Laws vary by jurisdiction so please consult with an appropriate legal professional if you are looking for help with a specific situation.