Periods and Extensions: Foreigners waiting for a work permit
to be processed are not permitted to work until the permit is
actually issued. Despite this, taxes from the foreigner are
normally assessed by the Revenue Department during the waiting
period for the reason that it is allowed to receive a salary
while waiting for the work permit to be issued. Work permits
are valid only for the length of time that the non-immigrant
or resident visa is valid. The Labor Department may in some
cases however, permit work for a three-month period during the
time that a visa application is under consideration.
with issued work permits, and who wish to work longer than the
90 day period must apply for a visa extension with the immigration
authorities. Normally a foreigner is granted a temporary extension
of three months because in may take several periods of consideration
before the long-term visa extension is granted. Once the one-year
extension of the visa is granted the Labor Department will then
extend the validity of the work permit. It should be noted however,
that if the visa is cancelled, the work permit is then cancelled
as well. In the case of those wishing to leave the county during
the time period that their visa is valid, a re-entry permit
must be obtained or the non-immigrant visa (and consequently
the work permit) will be cancelled upon exiting the country.
permits must be renewed before they expire or it will be cancelled.
Someone who holds an expired work permit and wishes to continue
working must start the application process all over again. It
is therefore of significant importance to be aware of the date
on which the work permit expires.
work permit is valid only for the work described in the work
permit and for the location stated as well. Applicants must
submit an application with the appropriate branch of the Labor
Department in the province where the work will be performed.