You can apply but you claim would start as of September of 2017 as you didn't apply within 4 weeks of losing your job (without a valid work permit you wouldn't be eligible for work and would then not be eligible for benefits).Hook52 wrote: ↑Sep 17th, 2017 6:39 amHello.
I had been working full time as a recent graduate on post graduation work permit for 16 months and after my contract ended because the project finished, I returned to my own country and stayed there for 6 months to do my permanent residency application. Then I returned to Canada 3 months ago and started looking for a job.
During all this time I didn't even know Employment Insurance existed. Is it still any chance I can claim EI while I am looking for a job?
A claim would be allowed if you have enough hours in the qualifying period (52 weeks before the claim). As you have only worked 3 months out of the last year, you wouldn't have enough hours to be eligible so your claim wouldn't be approved anyways.
You can always apply and find out for yourself however...