What happens if my Canadian work permit expires?

When your Canadian work permit expires, you are then expected to leave Canada as you no longer have a valid work permit that allows you to live and work in Canada. But sometimes things happen and you might be unable to leave Canada before your work permit expires. If your work permit has already expired, please contact our immigration law firm as soon as you can. We may be able to help you. 

You also have many different options if your work permit is only about to expire, but has not expired yet.

What to do before your work permit expires

For example, if your job conditions have changed, you could apply for a new work permit. You will also need to apply for a new work permit if you have been offered a job that is different from the one your current work permit is for. If your job has actually been extended, you are able to apply for an extension on your existing work permit.

If none of these situations apply to you, you have the option of leaving Canada once your work permit expires and applying for a new work permit to come back again.

You could also qualify for permanent resident status depending on a number of different factors and the type of work you do in Canada. For example, if you are a skilled worker, you may qualify for permanent residence in Canada.

Or, if you are on a work permit and are proficient in one of the two official languages in Canada while also having at least two years (within the last three years) of work experience in a specific job, you could also qualify for permanent residence in Canada.

If you are on a Canadian work permit and it is about to expire, OR your Canadian work permit has already expired and you remained within Canada despite this, please contact us! We can help you if your work permit has expired and we can also help you determine your next steps if your work permit is about to expire.

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