Extend your work permit — Live-in Caregivers

Please note the new fees for the Temporary Residents Program and adult citizenship applications.

You are responsible for making sure that your live-in caregiver work permit is extended before the expiry date. For more information, refer to the instructions below. However, please note:

Extend your work permit

The work permit you receive when you enter Canada may allow you to work in Canada for up to four years plus three months. The date when your work permit expires is on the work permit. For more information, see:

You should apply to extend your work permit at least 30 days before the expiry date. Your temporary status as a worker will continue under the same conditions until your application is processed, and you have been notified of the decision. Follow these steps to apply to extend your work permit:

1. Determine how you will apply

There are two ways you can apply:

Apply online

To apply online you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and have a valid credit card for payment. Determine your eligibility and apply online.

Note: If you provide an email address on your application, please ensure you check it regularly for automated emails from CIC regarding your case. Some spam filters block these emails, and clients are requested to ensure emails from CIC are not blocked. If you are unsure whether emails from CIC are being sent, please check your myCIC account on a regular basis.

Apply on paper

If you have a valid work permit, need a visitor visa, and  are planning to leave and return to Canada, apply for a new visitor visa before you leave Canada.

Please follow steps 2 to 4 below.

2. Get the application package

The application guide includes all the forms you need to fill out to renew your work permit. You can:

Read the guide carefully before you complete the application form. The fee for processing your form is not refundable, so make sure you are eligible to extend your live-in caregiver work permit before you apply.

Read the instructions in the application guide and be sure to provide the required documents. If information or documents are missing, your application may be delayed.

3. Pay your application fees
4. Submit your application

To submit your application, you must mail your application and all required documents to the address provided in the application guide.

You must:

  • be sure to include in your application your file number, your full name, your date of birth, and keep a copy of your entire application;
  • send your application to change the conditions of your work permit; and
  • send a letter of explanation, at least 30 days before the expiry date of your work permit, to the address below:

Case Processing Centre
Unit 202
Vegreville, Alberta
T9C 1X5

If you are looking for work and your work permit is about to expire, you may apply for a bridge extension, which is a short-term temporary work permit given to live-in caregivers who are between jobs and have not yet found a new employer. The extension is usually for a period of two months. Be sure to indicate clearly on your form that you are applying specifically for a “bridge extension.”

This application may be submitted at any time and will allow you to remain in Canada legally, but does not authorize you to work for a new employer.

If your work permit has expired before you have submitted an application to extend it, you must apply for a new work permit to restore your status within 90 days of the expiry date. With your new work permit application, you may have to submit a copy of a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO), a document your new future employer must obtain from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), before he can hire you. The restoration of your status through a new work permit requires that you pay an application fee.

It is illegal to work in Canada without a valid work permit. If you do not extend your work permit or apply for a new work permit, you will be without status and may be subject to enforcement action, including that you will have to leave Canada.

Changing jobs

You can change jobs for personal or other reasons. You will not be deported for looking for another place to work.

Your ESDC/Service Canada (SC) centre may have information about available live-in caregiver positions. You may also wish to use the national Job Bank to help in your search for a new employer.

Before you leave your present job, you must request these documents from your employer:

  • a record of any overtime hours you worked; and
  • a record of employment (ROE). The ROE indicates:
    • your reason for leaving
    • hours worked
    • gross earnings
    • any money paid or payable at the time you left your job.

Only your employer can get and complete the ROE. Your employer is legally responsible to give you an ROE and cannot refuse to do so. If you have difficulty getting your ROE, contact your local ESDC/SC centre and ask officials to contact your employer.

Keep your ROE in a safe place. It is your work record and can serve as proof that you have worked the necessary time to apply for permanent resident status.

Applying for a work permit for your new job

Before you begin working for someone else, you must apply for a new work permit at least 30 days before the expiry date of your work permit.

You can only work for the employer whose name is on your work permit. Your work permit could be cancelled if you work for anyone other than the person named on your work permit. You cannot even work for someone else just to try things out.

Do not allow your work permit to expire without having applied for a new one. You may not remain in Canada after your work permit expires unless you have applied for a new work permit or have been approved to stay in Canada through another immigration process.

With your application for a new work permit, you must submit:

If you are changing jobs and your new future employer has not yet sent you the required documentation, you must:

Case Processing Centre
Unit 202
Vegreville, Alberta
T9C 1X5

Your temporary status as a worker will continue under the same conditions until your application is processed and you have been notified of the decision.

Quitting your job

Before quitting your job (unless there are problems of abuse), you should try to solve your work problems by talking about them with your employer. You and your employer can revise your contract once in a while to be sure it works for both of you.

Talk with your employer before taking any action to quit your job. If you decide to quit, give your employer enough time to find a replacement for you.

Check your contract to find out how much time you have agreed to give your employer. However, if you are in a situation where there is abuse, you should leave right away.

If you feel that you have been a victim of abuse in your workplace, you may be eligible for emergency processing of a new live-in caregiver work permit to help you transition to a new employer as quickly as possible. Contact the CIC Call Centre to confirm the eligibility and application requirements for emergency processing of live-in caregiver work permits.

  • a record of any overtime hours you worked; and
  • an ROE. The ROE indicates:
    • your reason for leaving
    • hours worked
    • gross earnings
    • any money paid or payable at the time you left your job.

Only your employer can get and complete the ROE. Your employer is legally responsible to give you an ROE and cannot refuse to do so. If you have difficulty getting your ROE, contact your local ESDC/SC centre and ask officials to contact your employer.

Keep your ROE in a safe place. It is your work record and can serve as proof that you have worked the necessary time to apply for permanent resident status.

For more information on finding a new live-in caregiver position and obtaining a new work permit, refer to:

Situations of abuse

If you feel that you’ve been a victim of abuse in your workplace, you may be eligible for emergency processing of a new live-in caregiver work permit to help you transition to a new employer as quickly as possible.

Contact the CIC Call Centre to confirm the eligibility and application requirements for emergency processing of live-in caregiver work permits.

Losing your job

If you lose your job and need to apply for Employment Insurance benefits, contact the ESDC/SC centre nearest you. You will need your ROE to collect these benefits.

If you have not yet received your ROE, you can still apply for EI. Your employer is legally responsible to give you an ROE and cannot refuse to do so. If you have difficulty getting your ROE, contact your local ESDC/SC centre and ask officials to contact your employer.

Keep your ROE in a safe place. It is your work record and can serve as proof that you have worked the necessary time to apply for permanent resident status.

You will be expected to find a new employer as soon as possible. For more information on finding a new employer and obtaining a new work permit, see:

Periods of unemployment will delay the date on which you can apply for permanent resident status.

Apply online

Apply online for a visa, study or work permit

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