A study or work permit extension is required if an international student or worker in Canada wishes to continue for longer than the validity period of their permit.
Extending your study permit.
A study permit extension is required if an international student in Canada wishes to continue studying for longer than the validity period of their study permit. To extend the permit, the international student must submit an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to extend their stay in Canada as a student.
This application must be submitted electronically unless otherwise specified. The Canadian government requires that most temporary residence applications made from within Canada be made through electronic application, including:
- all applications for extensions of temporary resident status made from within Canada
- all applications for study or work permits made from within Canada
- all applications for renewals of study or work permits made from within Canada
The student should plan ahead to ensure this application is submitted in advance of the expiration date of their current permit.
Extending your work permit.
If you have a work permit that’s about to expire or that you need to change, you must apply to extend it or change the conditions on it.
You should apply to extend your work permit at least 30 days before your current permit expires.
Maintain your status
If you apply to extend or change the conditions of your work permit before it expires, you’re legally allowed to stay in Canada during the processing of your application.