Can I apply to extend a work permit from inside Canada?
If you’re an International Experience Canada participant, see Extend or change your work permit - International Experience Canada.
Yes, you can apply to extend a work permit from within Canada if the work permit you applied for outside of Canada is still valid.
You may get an extension if
- you apply for your new work permit before your current work permit expires;
- you and your employer sign a new employer-employee contract, if applicable; and either
- your employer gets a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada that says the employer is allowed to hire you, if your job requires an LMIA; or
- your employer pays the employer compliance fee and submits a new offer of employment through the Employer Portal if your job does not require an LMIA.
To apply to extend a work permit from inside Canada, you must:
- apply online; or
- send an Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada as a Worker to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.
You must submit your application before your current permit expires. You will then be allowed to stay in Canada until a decision is made.
You may continue to work under the same conditions and you will keep your current status until a decision is made. Find out how long it may take to process your application.
If your work permit has expired, find out how to apply for another work permit.
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