Four-year maximum – Work in Canada

Most people can come to Canada to work for a maximum of four years. If you are currently working or plan to work in Canada, you should keep track of the total time you have worked and plan to work in Canada. After you have worked temporarily for four years in Canada, you will not be eligible to work in Canada again until another period of four years has passed.

Before you are eligible to work again in Canada, you will need to spend four consecutive years either:

  • outside of Canada; or
  • in Canada but not working (i.e. with legal status as a visitor or student).

At that point, you can apply for a work permit and you can start another four years of working in Canada.

This is known as the ‘cumulative duration’ rule.

Find out if and how the four-year maximum affects you.

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