Work Permit Extension
If your work permit is expiring and you would like to continue working in Canada, contact your employer (VCH) as soon as possible – ideally a minimum of six months prior to expiry to ensure no additional delays or expenses. The current processing times can be viewed on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
How do I extend my work permit?
To apply for a work permit extension:
- Apply by mail or online.
- Pay the $150 processing fee.*
- Provide a copy of your valid passport.
- Provide a valid Labour Market Opinion (unless LMO exempt).
What if my LMO is in process?
If an LMO is still in process, you may submit your work permit extension application if:
- Your work permit is expiring within two weeks.
- You provide proof of a valid job offer.
- You provide proof that the employer has submitted a new LMO to Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada.
Your application will be held for up to two months at the Case Processing Centre while the LMO is in process.
What if I apply before my status expires?
If you apply to extend your status before it expires, you will have “implied status” and may:
- Legally remain in Canada until your application is processed.
- Continue to work while awaiting a decision, as long as the conditions remain the same.
What if I don’t apply before my status expires?
If your application is not submitted before your status expires, you must:
- Stop working immediately.
- Apply for restoration within 90 days after your status was lost.
- Pay the $200 restoration fee.*
You cannot resume work until your status has been restored.
* Fees noted are to be paid by the physician directly to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.