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What is the Canada Work Visa Extension?

The Canada work visa extension refers to the process of extending the validity of a work permit to continue working in Canada beyond its original expiration date. If you wish to remain in Canada and continue working after your current work permit expires, you will generally need to apply for a work permit extension before your current permit expires. Here’s some information about the Canada work visa extension:

Eligibility: To be eligible for a work permit extension, you must continue to meet the requirements of the initial work permit. This includes maintaining a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, meeting the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) requirements if applicable, and continuing to work in an eligible occupation.

Timing: It’s important to submit your work permit extension application before your current permit expires. It is recommended to apply at least 30 to 90 days before the expiration date to allow sufficient processing time. Applying early helps to ensure continuity of your work authorization while your application is being processed.

LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment): If your initial work permit required an LMIA, you may need to obtain a new LMIA before applying for the work permit extension. This would depend on the specific program and circumstances of your employment. However, certain work permit categories, such as those under the International Mobility Program, may be exempt from the LMIA requirement for extensions.

Application process: The application process for a work permit extension typically involves submitting a new application with the required supporting documents. The documentation may include a job offer letter, updated LMIA (if applicable), proof of continued employment, and other supporting documents. The application can be submitted online or through a paper application, depending on your eligibility and the specific program.

Bridging Open Work Permit: In some cases, if you have applied for permanent residence in Canada and your current work permit is about to expire, you may be eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP). The BOWP allows you to continue working while you await a decision on your permanent residence application.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements and procedures for work permit extensions can vary depending on the type of work permit, program, and individual circumstances. It is recommended to consult the official Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website or seek advice from a qualified immigration professional for accurate and up-to-date information regarding work permit extensions

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