IRCC extends temporary policy allowing visitors to apply for work permits in Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has renewed the temporary measure to allow visitor visa holders with job offers to stay in Canada and start working before their work permit gets approved.
Canada has extended the 2020 COVID-19-related measure to allow temporary residents with job offers to apply for work permits without leaving the country.
IRCC originally introduced the measure back in August 2020 for the period August 24, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
Foreign nationals in Canada on a visitor status may now be able to benefit from the temporary policy from April 1, 2021 until August 31, 2021.
The eligibility criteria has been modified to allow any visitor who has a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of the date they arrived in Canada.
The eligibility criteria for applicants are as follows:
- must have a valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day of applying;
- must have remained in Canada with a valid status;
- must have a valid job offer;
- must submit an in-Canada application for an employer-specific work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than August 31, 2021; and
- must meet all other standard admissibility criteria such as medical and criminal checks.
The temporary policy also allows applicants who had a valid work permit in the past twelve (12) months, to begin working for their new employer before their work permit application has been fully approved. To start work before receiving approval, applicants need to follow steps on how to get authorization to work while they wait. To see these steps, visit the government website.
The new extension of this policy will benefit visitors who were able to come to Canada amid the COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
More than 1,000 people with visitor status have applied for a work permit through this policy since it was launched last summer.