Extend Your Work Permit

If you are an AINP nominee, and your current work permit will expire before your permanent residence application with IRCC is finalized, you must apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal. An AINP nomination is not an automatic work permit renewal.

Do not let your work permit expire. Plan ahead to apply in time to IRCC for a work permit renewal.

There are four ways that AINP nominees can apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal.

The AINP recommends that you first explore Option 1, 2 or 3.

  1. Renew your work permit with a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your Alberta employer. If your Alberta employer has a new LMIA, you can apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal. Make sure you include a copy of the LMIA.

  2. Renew your work permit based on an LMIA exemption as determined by IRCC.

  3. Renew your work permit by applying for a Bridging Open Work Permit. This option is available to all AINP nominees in all streams and categories who have applied for permanent residence to IRCC and have a IRCC file number and “Acknowledgement of Receipt”. You also must have a current, valid work permit that expires in four months or less to be eligible for a bridging open work permit.

    Make sure that when you apply for the Bridging Open Work Permit, that you:

    • Include a copy of your AINP nomination when you apply.
    • Include a copy of your Acknowledgement of Receipt from IRCC with your IRCC file number.
    • Select “Open Work Permit” on the IRCC application form to extend your work permit where it asks “What type of work permit are you applying for?”
    • Pay all fees, including the additional $100 fee for an open work permit.

    If Options 1, 2 or 3 are not available to you, you may be eligible to receive a 204(c) Letter of Support from the AINP to renew your work permit.

  1. Renew your work permit using a 204(c) Letter of Support issued by the AINP at the time of nomination. AINP nominees may be issued a 204(c) Letter of Support at the time of nomination if they have a current, valid work permit that expires within 6 months of the date of AINP nomination. They must also have a genuine Alberta full-time, non-seasonal job offer from a genuine Alberta employer and be making a wage that is competitive to attract Canadians.

    If you did not receive a 204(c) Letter of Support at the time of nomination but you now require one to renew your work permit and the other options listed above are not available to you, contact the AINP. The AINP will review your request and determine if a letter can be issued. Your email must include the following:

    • Your full name and your AINP File Number
    • An attached scanned copy of a request that IRCC has sent you asking for a 204(c) Letter (if applicable)
    • An attached scanned copy of proof that you have submitted an application for permanent residence to IRCC (proof of payment, copy of courier slip)
    • An attached scanned copy of your current job offer (must indicate your current job title, salary, as well as the name and contact information of your current Alberta employer)
    • An attached scanned copy of your work permit you have right now or other status document

    The AINP will only issue one letter of support per nominee, either at the time of nomination or post-nomination as per the information above. If you receive a written request from IRCC for a 204(c) Letter of Support, AINP will attempt to respond to your request by the deadline provided by IRCC. It will take 30 – 45 days to respond to your request for a 204(c) letter of support.

    Make sure that when you apply for a new work permit using your 204(c) Letter of Support that you:

    • Include a copy of your AINP nomination and your 204(c) Letter of Support.
    • Include a copy of your Acknowledgement of Receipt from IRCC with your IRCC file number, if your AINP nomination is no longer valid when you apply
    • Ensure your Alberta employer has paid the employer compliance fee of $230 and has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal.

    More information on applying to IRCC to renew a work permit with a 204(c) Letter of Support can be found on the IRCC website. Click on “foreign workers nominated by a province or territory”.

    The AINP is temporarily issuing 204(c) Letters of Support due to delays in IRCC issuing Acknowledgement of Receipts and longer than usual AINP processing times. Not all AINP nominees will receive a 204(c) Letter of Support and the AINP may stop issuing these letters at any time.

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