February 8, 2017
Work Permit Granted Despite Cumulative Duration Rule
We assisted a client whose work permit was to expire and it appeared that he could not extend it due to the four-year limit. According to the cumulative duration rule introduced on 01 April 2011, foreign workers in Canada (with some exceptions) can only work for four years, after which they have to wait four years in order to be granted another work permit. Upon review of his matter, we discovered that he was unemployed for about one year during the four years, and as such, was entitled to an extension. We requested an extension of his work permit based on strong evidence of his unemployment. We were happy to learn that his permit was extended as requested.