Apply for your work permit on paper: Inside Canada

Most people have to apply online to extend their stay in Canada as a worker. In a few cases, you may not be able to apply online.

This application is for you if you need to apply on paper to:

How to apply

Follow the steps below to apply on paper to extend your stay as a worker.

Step 1: Get the application package

This package includes the application guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

Read the guide before you fill out the application form:

Tips for downloading and completing the forms

  • You can fill it out and save it using a computer.
  • You’ll need Adobe Reader 10 or higher.
  • You must also turn JavaScript on.
  • Filling out the form on a computer is easier than filling it out by hand.
  • Having trouble downloading the form? See, “How do I download and open a PDF form?


If you have questions about the forms, find answers to your questions in the Help Centre.

Step 2: Prepare your application package

Make sure you submit all the pages of the form.

  1. Click the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form.
    • This makes sure that you answered all the questions in the form and will help you avoid processing delays.
  2. A new page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be added at the end of your form.
  3. Print, sign and date the form.
    • Print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper.
    • Use a laser printer.
  4. Place the barcode page at the top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.

Find out more about the barcode form.

Step 3: Pay your application fees

Our instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you and show you how to pay them.

End of biometrics exemption for in-Canada temporary residence applicants

As of February 23, 2023, there are changes to who needs to give biometrics when applying for temporary residence.

Learn more about new biometrics requirements for temporary residence applicants in Canada.

Step 4: Submit your application

Submit your completed application to the address given in the application package. Make sure you include the fee receipt and all the necessary documents.

Alternate formats

If you can’t apply online or use the forms above because of a disability, you can ask for other formats including large print and braille. Contact the Client Support Centre (in Canada only) or submit a Web form for other formats.

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