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:

  1. Apply by mail or online.

  2. Pay the $150 processing fee.*

  3. Provide a copy of your valid passport.

  4. Provide a valid Labour Market Opinion (unless LMO exempt).

What if my LMO is in the 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.​​​