annmt wrote:Thanks so much for the response
Sooooo, I doubt my situation is exceptional in any way shape or form currently.
But, what I pretty much really, really, really don't want to hear, but need to confirm: Do I really need to leave, get a tourist visa, and come back? I've done a visa run once but found out it wasn't necessary - I'm just trying to avoid an unnecessary flight/etc.
So to be clear, you want to add a few weeks to your ARC to have some extra time to find a job? Just tell NIA that you have to work till the last day and want to spend some time traveling. Plenty of people have gotten extensions for that.
I'd like to suggest that the title of this thread be modified, as it can be a little confusing - extending an ARC and renewing an ARC are quite different things, and this thread is primarily about renewing (ie. going and getting a new ARC card with a new work permit or whatever other documents) rather than extending (ie. having them push the expiration date on an existing ARC back a few weeks).