Extend or change the conditions on your work permit: What to do if your permit expires

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.

What to do if your permit expires

If your permit expires after you apply

If you apply to extend your work permit before it expires, you can legally stay in Canada until a decision is made on your application. In this situation, you have implied status.

If your permit expired before you applied

You lost your status if you’re still in Canada and:

In some cases, you may apply to restore your status as a worker if you:

When you apply to extend your work permit:

There’s no guarantee we’ll accept your application.

Family members

If your family members also lost their status, they must each apply (and pay) to get it restored.

You may stay in Canada while we make a decision on your application. Normally, you aren’t allowed to work until your status has been restored.

COVID-19: If you’re restoring your status with an employer-specific work permit

You may be eligible to apply for an authorization to work while you wait for us to process your application.

How to request authorization to work while you wait

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