If you’re currently working in Canada on a temporary work permit and would like to extend your stay, this short guide is for you. We’ll explain the process of applying for a work permit extension in Canada, including eligibility, required documents, and important deadlines.

Find Out if You Are Eligible for a Work Permit Extension

To apply for a work permit extension, you must:

a. Have a valid temporary work permit at the time of application

b. Continue to meet the eligibility criteria for your specific work permit category

c. Have complied with the terms and conditions of your initial work permit

Know When to Apply

It is important to apply for an extension at least 30 days before your current work permit expires. Waiting too long may result in having to leave Canada and apply for a new work permit from outside the country.

Gather the Required Documents

Gather the following documents to support your application:

a. A valid passport

b. A copy of your current work permit

c. Proof of employment, such as a job offer letter or a contract

d. Proof of financial support during your stay in Canada

e. Medical examination results, if required

f. Any other documents specified for your work permit category

Follow the Application Process

The application for a work permit extension can be completed online through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Follow these steps:

a. Create an account on the IRCC website

b. Complete the application form (IMM 5710) for a work permit extension

c. Upload the required documents

d. Pay the application fee (currently CAD 155)

e. Submit your application

Check the Current Processing Time

The processing time for a work permit extension varies depending on the type of work permit, your country of origin, and the volume of applications. Generally, it can take anywhere from 60 to 120 days. Check the IRCC website for current processing times.

What to Do After Submission

Once you have submitted your application, you may continue to work under the same conditions as your previous permit until a decision is made, as long as you applied before your work permit expired. This is known as “implied status.”

Wait for the Decision

You will receive a notification from IRCC regarding the decision on your application. If your extension is approved, you will receive a new work permit with an updated expiry date. If your application is refused, you will be given a deadline by which you must leave Canada.


Applying for a Canadian work permit extension is a straightforward process if you meet the eligibility criteria and submit your application in a timely manner. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can maximize your chances of successfully extending your work permit and continuing your employment in Canada.

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