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How Long is the Canada Work Visa Valid?

The validity of a Canada work visa, also known as a work permit, can vary depending on several factors. Here are some general guidelines:

Duration of employment: The work visa is typically granted for the duration of the job offer or employment contract. If you have a job offer for a specific period, such as one year, the work permit may be issued to align with that timeframe.

LMIA validity: If your work permit is based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the validity of the work permit may be tied to the validity period specified in the LMIA. The work permit may not exceed the expiration date of the LMIA.

LMIA exemption categories: Certain work permit categories, such as those under the International Mobility Program (IMP), may have specific validity periods. For example, some categories may have a maximum validity of two years, while others may allow for longer durations.

Intra-Company Transfers: Work permits issued under the Intra-Company Transfers category may have a maximum validity period based on the specific provisions of the program.

Passport validity: The work permit’s validity cannot exceed the validity period of your passport. It’s important to ensure that your passport remains valid for the entire duration of the work permit.

It’s important to note that work permits are temporary and do have an expiration date. If you wish to continue working in Canada after your work permit expires, you will need to apply for an extension or explore other options, such as applying for permanent residency.

It’s advisable to check the specific conditions and validity periods associated with your work permit, as they can vary depending on the program, category, and individual circumstances. You can find more detailed information on the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or consult with a qualified immigration professional for specific guidance regarding your work permit’s validity.

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