Visitors in-Canada Allowed To Apply For Work Permit

Update:  Per IRCC, as of August 24, 2020, visitors or temporary residents 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.

Due to the current pandemic, some employers in Canada are facing ongoing labour and skills shortages which includes the goods and services providers that Canadians depend on.  Temporary residents, visitors, and foreign workers who are unable to leave are encouraged to maintain legal status hence will benefit them and the employers in Canada, if they wish to contribute their labour and skills to the country.

Check if you're eligible here:

  • have valid status in Canada as a visitor on August 24, 2020 and remain in Canada
  • have an employer-specific 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

Quick facts from IRCC

  • 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.

Source: New temporary public policy will allow visitors to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada

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