A work permit allows you to work in Canada if you don’t have permanent resident or citizenship status. If you lose your work permit, you are still qualified to work in Canada, because your status does not change. However, you will not be able to easily prove your status. For this reason, you will want to replace your work permit as soon as possible.
What Form Do I Need?
You can replace your work permit if it is damaged, lost, or stolen by filing an Application for a Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document and submitting the fee, which is currently $30. If you have lost your work permit because of a natural disaster, there may be an additional relief for you. For example, in October 2017 those who lost immigration documents due to the wildfires in British Columbia were able to apply to have their work permits replaced without needing to pay the application fee.
The Application for a Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document will require you to submit personal details, such as identifying details, contact information, and the date you entered Canada. You will need to indicate you are applying for a work permit replacement and you will need to submit any documentation requested.
If your work permit contains any errors, you must correct them. To do this, file Form IMM 1436. This is the form you will use only if errors were made. If your information changed after you arrived in Canada because you married or made other life changes, you will need to apply for a new work permit.
Get Your Work Permit Fast
Any errors you make in your application can delay your obtaining your new work permit. For this reason, make sure you review the instructions that came with the form. Verify all the details and review your application before sending it. If you find the application difficult, Immigration Direct has a guide to the Application for a Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document, including everything you need to fill out the form correctly.
Updated on 10th May 2018.