Wondering if you can get an IEC work permit extension when your visa is up? Our article explains who’s eligible, and who’s not.
As the new International Experience Canada program for 2017 gets underway, immigration authorities have clarified when extensions can be granted for visa-holders.
For most participants, it’s not possible to increase what’s known as the “validity period” of your work permit. These are initially granted for periods of up to 24 months.
However, certain exceptions to this rule apply. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a set of instructions on September 26 which outline when work permits can be extended beyond what was initially issued at the port of entry.
They have also clarified the rules on when these IEC work permits cannot be extended.
Scenario 1: Administrative errors were made relating to the validity period of the IEC work permit.
Occasionally, border officers may issue an IEC work permit with an incorrect expiry date.
Citizens from some countries, like Ireland and Australia, can receive IEC work permits that last for 24 months. This is so long as their passport and travel insurance is valid for the duration of this term.
Citizens from other countries, like Germany, can only receive an IEC work permit for up to 12 months.
Moving2Canada readers have told us of instances where they have received a 12-month IEC work permit, despite being eligible for a 24-month visa.
Where an example like this occurs, the visa-holder can apply for an extension, up to the maximum duration allowed from the date of entry.
“Under this scenario, the employer is not required to submit a new offer of employment and pay the employer compliance fee,” the IRCC explained in its instructional notes.
“The IEC client remains exempt from having to pay the work permit processing fees and participation fees.”
A paper application can be sent to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, using the instructions on Guide 5553.