Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2013 11:54 AM Last Post By: njc1991
Jan 28, 2013 2:30 PM
I have a bit of a complicated problem.
My work permit runs out in about a week and my new one has no yet come through. I have applied and its still processing. There shouldn't be any problems with it but its just taking a long time.
Has anyone been in this situation before ? I need to keep working. Am I allowed to stay ? Do I need to leave Canada ?
Any help ASAP would be appreciated.
Jan 28, 2013 5:47 PM
1i can't speak for canada but... in the uk, if your current visa runs out while you are waiting to hear back from a renewal/new visa application, you are considered to still be on the first visa--unless the application is rejected.
which is handy, as they usually have your passport, and how could you leave without it?
what does the canadian website for your work visa say?
Jan 29, 2013 4:37 AM
2Here is the answer from Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Web site FAQ section
I have applied for a new work permit. Can I stay in Canada if my work permit expires?
Yes. You can stay in Canada, and may be able to keep working, under what's called implied status. That means the law implies you are a temporary resident. The implied status lasts until Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) decides on your new permit application. However, you must respect the following requirements:
If you applied for another work permit
You must stay in Canada and meet the conditions of your original work permit. If you applied for a work permit extension before your work permit expired, you can keep working under the same conditions as your existing permit until CIC decides on your application unless you have applied to extend your stay under another category.
If you applied for a different kind of permit
You cannot do any of the activities allowed by the original work permit. For example, you may have come to Canada as a worker and then applied for a study permit. If so, you must stop working once your work permit expires. After that, you cannot work or study until you get a new permit.
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