Here is my case background: My work permit expired on 30March2011. I applied for an extension on 22March2011 and have been in 'implied status' till now. I got a response from CIC on 26July2011 that my work permit extension has been refused as they need Labour Market Opinion (FYI, my prospective employer didn't send an LMO along with the application for extension as my job category was originally exempt from LMO when my intial work permit was applied and received). The refusal letter stated the follwing: "My temporary resident status expired on 20Jul2011. Please consult the section "Restoration of Status' in the application guide: "Applying to change conditions or extend your stay in Canada" with fees $350." My Questions: 1. From the fees ($350), I understand that it is for both restoration ($200) and work permit ($150). But to apply for work permit extension, I'll have to get the LMO which will take atleast more than 75 days (~). That means I'll have to wait towards the end of 90 days (~October first week) to apply for the work permit restoration when the LMO gets ready. But then I'll be out of status until Oct first week. What should I do immediately to stay in status? 2. I don't clearly understand what they mean by ‘Restoration of Status'. Does that mean if I apply for restoration of status, I can stay in Canada as a temporary visitor while my LMO is getting ready? 3. Can I do just the restoration of status (paying fees $200) for now to stay in status and then do send the work permit extension (paying $150) when my prospective employer is ready with the LMO towards Oct first week? 4. In the ‘Application to change conditions, extend my status or remain in Canada' (IMM1249e.pdf), which section among the following should I select for the very first question - I'm applying for?: Just D (or) Both C and D (or) Both D and E (or) C, D and E Options Info: C: An initial work permit or extension of work permit D: Restoration of temporary resident status as a visitor, student or worker E: Another temporary resident permit. Include 2 passport photos Thanks very much in advance to all those who can offer some guidance on these! I would like to take some actions immediately to stay in status.