Why is my study or work permit only valid for part of my study program or job contract?
We’ll issue your study or work permit for a shorter validity period for one of these reasons:
- Your passport or travel document will expire before the end of your planned stay.
- You’re participating in International Experience Canada (IEC), and your health insurance coverage isn’t valid for long enough.
Your passport or travel document will expire
If you’re coming to Canada to study or work, you can’t stay past the expiry date of your passport or other travel document. We’ll only give you a permit that’s valid as long as your passport or travel document.
If you get a new passport or travel document while in Canada
You can apply to extend your study or work permit to get one for the time left on your study program or job contract.
You’re participating in IEC, and your health insurance coverage isn’t valid for long enough
If your health insurance coverage only covers part of your stay in Canada, we’ll issue you a permit that matches the length of your coverage.
Make sure your insurance is valid for your entire stay in Canada before you leave your home country.
If it isn’t, you won’t be allowed to extend your work permit, even if you extend your health insurance coverage.
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