On April 1, many work permit holders who have worked in Canada for over 4 years may not be able to renew their work permits. This is because the government implemented a regulation known as the “4-in, 4-out rule”. Here’s how it works:
- Most foreign workers who have worked in Canada for four years since April 1, 2011 will be unable to renew their work permits until 4 more years have passed.
- Some work permits are exempt from the 4-in, 4-out rule:
- Work permits for occupations under O and A NOC codes
- Work permits under international agreements such as NAFTA
- Intra-company transferee work permits
- Bridging work permits
- PNP work permits that are employer-specific
- Some spousal work permits
- Self-support and humanitarian work permits
- Work permits under the SAWP
- Also, work that is done while a person is studying full-time does not count towards the 4 years of work for the 4-in, 4-out rule.
- Finally, if you’ve held work permits for 4 years since April 1, 2011 but have a gap in employment during these 4 years, you may be able to get an extension for the period of time in which you were not working.
To find out if the 4-in, 4-out rule applies to you and what you need to do to stay in Canada, contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.