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Immigration FAQ

1. How do I apply for a work permit?

2. When should I start the process to renew my work permit?

3. What is Implied Status?

4. What can happen if I leave the county while on implied status?

 

1. How do I apply for a work permit?

You have three options to apply for a work permit: online, by paper, or at the port of entry.
If your country of citizenship is visa exempt, you may be able to apply for your work permit at the port of entry. If you require a visitor visa to enter Canada, you must apply online or submit a paper application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada  (IRCC).

Please go to the links below for more information:
Work permit applications
Can I apply for a work permit when I enter Canada?

 

2. When should I start the process to renew my work permit? 

Health Match BC highly recommends that all applicants start processing their work permit renewal at least four to six months before it expires. 



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3. What is Maintained Status (Implied Status)?

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) defines Maintained status as:
A legal extension of status that allows temporary residents to stay in Canada while we process their application. To be eligible, the temporary resident must apply to extend their status before it expires. This used to be known as “implied status.” Find out what you’re allowed to do while you wait for your application to be processed if you wish to extend or change the conditions of your work permit  
 

4. What can happen if I leave the county while on implied status?

In order to hold maintained status (continue working under the conditions of an expired work permit) you MUST remain in Canada while your application is being processed.
 

See also:

Maintained Status instructions

IRCC Help Centre on Maintained Status
 


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