Restore your status and get a work permit
The date your work permit expires is
- on your work permit
- the date that your temporary status in Canada also expires
You should apply to extend or change the conditions of your current work permit at least 30 days before the expiry date.
If your work permit expires before you apply to extend or change it, you’ll lose your status. You can also lose your status if you don’t respect the conditions on your work permit.
If you lose your status
You must stop working.
If you want to stay in Canada and start working again, you must apply to restore your status and get a new work permit.
If you want to stay in Canada but you won’t be working, you may be able to restore your status and apply
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Who can apply
You can apply to restore your status if you
- apply within 90 days of losing your status
- Due to COVID-19, you can apply to restore your status even if it’s been more than 90 days since your status expired.
- met the requirements for your stay (for example, you didn’t work illegally)
- met all the conditions listed on your expired permit before it expired
There’s no guarantee we’ll approve your application
- to restore your status, or
- for a new work permit
If your application is refused, you’ll have to leave Canada.
If your family members also lost their status
If your family members are with you in Canada and they also lost their status, they must each apply separately to get it restored. Each family member must pay the restoration fee for their application. There is no group or family rate.
If your family member had a work permit, they can follow the instructions below. If your family member was a visitor or student, they can follow these instructions to restore their status.
How to apply
Before you apply, make sure your employer has completed all the required steps.
In most cases, you must apply online to restore your work permit.
COVID-19: If it’s been more than 90 days
If it’s been more than 90 days since your status expired, you must follow these instructions.
How applying online helps you
- No courier fees or mail delivery time—we get your application instantly.
- You can 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
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.
Special steps to take when you fill out your application
- On the form IMM 5710, in the first section under question 3, “I am applying for one or more of the following:”, make sure you also choose
- Restore my status as a worker
- On a separate page, give details of your situation and clearly explain why you stayed in Canada longer than allowed.
- If you apply online, you can upload this page in the “Client information” section under “Optional documents”.
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
We’ll ask you to pay your fees at the end of your application. To restore your status and get a work permit, you can expect to pay these fees:
- restoration ($200)
- work permit processing ($155)
- open work permit holder ($100) if you’re applying for an open work permit
COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirement for in-Canada temporary residence applicants
As a temporary measure, if you’re in Canada and applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada, you do not need to give your biometrics. Learn more about the exemption.
Step 5: Create your online account or sign in
You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to
- pay your fees
- submit your application
- check your status
If you can’t apply online
You can submit a paper application if either
- you can’t apply online because of a disability
- there’s a problem with the online application
After you apply
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 and your new work permit issued.
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.
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