I have a series of questions and hope someone can help.
I am living in Canada almost 3 years and was ineligible for a 2nd year on my IEC visa, therefore decided to go down the LMO route to stay another year. I work in administration and according to the NOC Level D (pilot year for low skilled workers) my employers were eligible to apply.They submitted the application May 24th and I submitted my work permit extension application online May 29th, ticking the box that said I had applied for an LMO but was waiting on a file number. My visa is due to expire July 11th and from what I understand, because I have applied for a work permit extension, I have implied status until a decision has been made. However, I would like to know what my options are if I get a negative LMO and my employers decide not to appeal it. If this happens after my visa has expires, should I continue to wait until CIC get back to me about my extension or to be safe, should I apply to restore my status as a worker, at least buying some time? I know if I leave Canada I will lose my work permit, so if I will remain in the country until a final decision has been made. Anyone else been through a similar situation? I do not want to stay here illegally so really want to ensure I have all my options weighed up. I always fail to get through to the CIC call centre and cannot afford a lawyer, so any help would be really appreciated.
My questions is this:
1. You do know that CIC no longer accepts work permit applications without the LMO? So you can expect a refusal.
2. If you don't get an approved LMO before your work permit expires, you have 90 days to apply for restoration if you receive the LMO. You have to stop working.