Extend or change the conditions on your work permit: After you apply

Floods in British Columbia

If you’re directly affected by the floods, you may be able to

  • get free replacement of documents that are lost, damaged, destroyed or inaccessible due to the floods
  • ask for urgent processing and a refund for an application you’ve submitted because of the floods
  • change, extend or restore your status, including
    • pausing your studies if your school is in the flood area
    • changing your employer if your workplace is affected by the floods

Find out how to apply

Processing time

Due to COVID-19, we can’t provide accurate processing times.

Check your application status to get updates on

  • your application
  • where we’re at with processing during the pandemic

After you apply

If you applied online to extend or change your work permit

After you apply online, we’ll send you a letter in your account (WP-EXT except PGWP) that you can use as proof that you’re authorized to keep working, if you’re eligible.

  • You can print this letter or show it with your current work permit.
  • The letter is proof that you’re authorized to keep working under the same conditions as your original work permit until we process your application.
    • You can keep working past the expiry date on the letter until we process your application if the conditions are the same as on your original work permit.

Why there’s an expiry date on the letter

Your letter automatically lists an expiry date that’s 120 days from the date we receive your application. The letter expires in 120 days because

  • it’s the service standard to process this type of application
  • many employers and health insurance providers will ask for proof that you’re allowed to work
    • an expiry date helps satisfy their concerns about your status and authorization to work in Canada

If we don’t finalize your application by the date on your letter

If we don’t finalize your application by the date on your letter, you can still keep working until we make a decision.

If your employer or others need proof that you can continue to work

  • you can show them this web page, or
  • if your employer is not satisfied with the information on this page, you can contact us

If you applied on paper to extend or change your work permit

If you applied on paper, you won’t get a letter (WP-EXT except PGWP) that proves you’re authorized to work. This is because we need to make sure that your application is complete and that you meet the requirements to work.

If you applied to extend or change your work permit before it expired, you’re authorized to continue working under the same conditions as your current work permit.

You can show your employer proof that you submitted your application. Valid forms of proof include

  • a copy of your work permit application
  • proof that you paid your fees
  • a copy of postal or courier tracking information

What happens if we approve your application

You’ll get

  • an extension of your current work permit, or
  • a work permit with new conditions on it, including
    • the type of work you can do
    • the employer you can work for
    • where you can work
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