If you are on the seasonal farmwork program, your work permit expires on December 15 every year (check your work permit if you’re unsure). It is legal for you to stay in Canada until this date.
If you have a valid work permit (not expired) and want to stay in Canada longer you have 2 options:
- Apply for a visitor visa
- Tap here for more information about how to apply
- You should apply for this visa at least 2 months before your work permit expires.
- Apply for a work permit extension
- You must apply to extend your work permit at least 30 days before it expires. That means, if your permit expires on December 15, you must apply before November 15.
- Tap here for more information about what you need to do to apply.
- Most importantly, you must have a job offer from an employer with a valid Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) – this means they have permission from the Canadian government to hire you as a migrant worker. Your employer must complete all the required steps (tap here for a link to employer requirements).
During COVID-19, the federal government changed rules around restoration of status because migrants like you organized! There was an extension of the restoration period, which meant that migrants who had valid status on or before January 2020 could apply for restoration until August 31, 2021.
Now, the extension has ended and you only have 90 days after your permit expires to apply for restoration. For many of us, 90 days have already passed since we lost status, and we cannot apply.
That’s not fair!
If you are in this situation, you are not alone. We are uniting to take action and win changes to unfair immigration rules – join us!
- Sign + share the petition to win permanent status for all migrants, including people like you with expired permits. Tap here to take action at StatusForAll.ca!
- Are you in the Toronto area? Join our drop-in meetings on December 1 from 4-7pm to connect and take action with others in the same situation as you!
- Send a WhatsApp message to Kit at 905-324-2840