Restore your status and get a work permit

The date your work permit expires is

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.

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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 need a different type of permit

You can only restore your status and authorization to work in Canada to what you held before it expired. You can’t change your permit until you restore your status and original authorization. After restoration, if you’re eligible, you may also be able to apply for a different permit.

Example: You want to apply for a post-graduation work permit, but your study permit has expired

You can restore your status as a student and apply for a post-graduation work permit, if you’re eligible for one.

The rest of the instructions on this page do not apply to you. Find out how to apply and pay the correct fees.

Example: You want to apply for a different work permit, but your study permit has expired

If your study permit has expired, you need to apply to restore your

  • status and
  • authorization to study

If you’re eligible for one, you can also apply for a work permit at the same time. Our online application system will give you an application form for a work permit. If an officer approves your application, they will restore your status and authorization to study, and then process your work permit application.

Pay the right fees

Our online application system will ask you to pay the fees for

  • a work permit
  • restoring your status

It won’t ask you for the study permit processing fee (CAN$150). To avoid processing delays, you should pay this fee separately and upload your receipt in the “Client information” section of your document checklist.

Who can apply

You can apply to restore your status if you

There’s no guarantee we’ll approve your application

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 the instructions that apply to them:

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 status and get a work permit.

How applying online helps you

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

  1. 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
  2. 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”.

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

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:

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

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

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.

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