This change intended to benefit employers who are still facing difficulties finding workers
Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country.
This temporary policy change takes effect immediately and will benefit employers in Canada who continue to face difficulties finding the workers they need, as well as temporary residents who would like to contribute their labour and skills to Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Any type of visitor who meets the criteria is eligible to apply under this new public policy, including super visa holders, business visitors, and those who entered Canada through a Global Skills Strategy work permit exemption.
- Foreign nationals who arrive in Canada as visitors after August 24, 2020, are not eligible under the public policy.
- Prior to this temporary policy change, a person applying as a temporary resident would usually need to apply for their initial work permit before they came to Canada. If they were already in Canada with visitor status when they were approved for a work permit, they would need to leave Canada and return before their work permit was issued to them.
To be eligible, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must
- have valid status in Canada as a visitor on August 24, 2020, and remain in Canada
- have a job offer
- submit an 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 March 31, 2021
- meet all other standard admissibility criteria
This temporary public policy also provides the opportunity for applicants who meet these criteria and who had a valid work permit in the past 12 months to begin working for their new employer before their work permit application has been fully approved.
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