Visitors can now Apply for Work Permits from within Canada
A New temporary public policy in Canada will now allow 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, thanks to a new public policy announced recently by the Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the new policy is set to go into effect immediately. It will benefit temporary residents who are already in Canada with a job offer, but it does not apply to anyone arriving in Canada as a visitor after today, August 24.
Visitors who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the new temporary immigration policy, which includes Super Visa holders, business visitors, and people who came to Canada through a Global Skills Strategy work permit exemption.
During the pandemic, temporary residents who remained in Canada were encouraged to maintain valid legal status. With air travel limited around the world, some visitors to Canada have been unable to leave, while some foreign workers had to change their status to visitors because their work permit was expiring and they didn’t have a job offer to be able to apply for a new work permit. Some employers in Canada have also faced ongoing labor and skills shortages throughout this period, including those who provide important goods and services that Canadians rely on.
- Applicant must have valid status in Canada as a visitor on August 24, 2020, and remain in Canada have a job offer
- Apply 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.
For inquiry and support with Canada Immigration, contact on the following platform
Dr. John Owojori, RCIC.
Distinct Immigration Services Inc.