Extend or change the conditions on your work permit: How to apply

COVID-19: workers changing jobs or employers

You don’t need to wait until your new employer-specific work permit arrives to start a new job or work for a new employer. Follow these steps to start working after you apply for a work permit.

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply. Make sure you follow all the steps to give your biometrics.

How to apply

Before you apply, make sure your employer has completed all the required steps.

If you need to leave and return to Canada

If your visitor visa expired, you need to apply for a new visitor visa before you travel outside Canada.

In most cases, you must apply online to extend or change the conditions on your work permit.

How applying online helps you

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time - we get your application instantly.
  • It helps you make sure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • You can quickly submit more documents online (if we ask you to).
  • You get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

Step 1: Make sure you have what you need

To apply online, you’ll need:

  • a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and
  • a valid credit or debit card.

Step 2: Read the instruction guide

Even if you apply online, you should read the instruction guide before you complete your application. The guide will explain how to complete each field on the form.

Venezuelan passport holders

You may need to complete extra steps when you fill out your application.

Step 3: Prepare your answers for the online tool

Before you can upload your forms, you must answer some questions. We use your answers to create a personalized document checklist for you.

Step 4: Know the fees you have to pay

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application

We’ll ask you to pay your fees at the end of your application.

Fees for open work permits

If you’re applying for an open work permit, make sure you pay both fees:

Biometrics fee

If you have to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photo), you need to pay the biometrics fee when you submit your application. If you don’t, there may be delays.

As of December 3, 2019, you can give your biometrics at designated Service Canada locations. Make sure you follow all the steps to give your biometrics.

Step 5: Create your online account or sign in

You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to:

Create an account or sign in

If you can’t apply online

You can submit a paper application if either:

What to do if you can’t apply online

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