It’s kind of a strange situation, I’m currently working from Canada on an employer-specific work permit and it is going to expire in February 2021 along with the W-1 category visa, i.e both work permit and W-1 visa will expire in February 2021. And, my passport is going to expire in August 2021. In addition, I also have a B-1 category visa valid until August 2021, i.e valid until the passport expires.
I got to know, because of the Covid situation the work permit applications are taking approximately 6 months to process, is it true?
Now, my work permit renewal application is already submitted a couple of days ago (in January) from within Canada and I can continue working from Canada as per the new Covid rules even if the work permit expires but the thing is I have to travel to my home country at the end of March and I cannot postpone it.
Now, in order to get back to Canada to work, even if I somehow get hold of the renewed work permit by July 2021 it’ll only be valid until August since my passport expires in August 2021.
I was wondering, to avoid this situation if I put an application to renew my passport and get the work permit renewal application updated with the new passport information:
Will I be permitted to travel back and work in Canada on my B-1 visa (which is on my old passport) after I get my work permit let’s say somewhere in July or do I have to apply for a new visa again for the new passport?
What if, instead of the above, I do not apply for the new passport, get the renewed work permit by July (thinking optimistically) and travel to Canada in July with both the work permit and passport imminently expiring in August and apply to renew both once I reach Canada, will I be allowed to travel in this case?
Are there any other better options that’ll help in traveling back? Really looking forward to some help!