On April 1, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
imposed a cumulative four-year cap on the length of time most
Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) could remain in Canada. All
affected TFWs in Canada as of that date were given a full four
years under the new regulation, irrespective of the length of time
they had already been in Canada. As such, the first day on which
TFWs will reach their cumulative four-year limit is April 1,
The rule affects all TFWs working in NOC B, C or D jobs with a
Labour Market Impact Assessment or Labour Market Opinion. Affected
foreign nationals are ineligible for new work permits or work
permit extensions that would result in them working in Canada for
more than four years until they have left Canada for an additional
four years, or obtained other legal status.
Due to the uncertainty and lack of transparency in the Express
Entry system, affected TFWs considering applying for Permanent
Residence should make their applications well in advance of
reaching their four-year limit.
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