Extension of public policy allowing visitors to apply for work permits inside Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ottawa, March 29, 2021—A temporary public policy that allows visitors to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave Canada will be extended to August 31, 2021. The criteria will also be modified to allow any visitor who has a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of the date they initially entered Canada.
Effective April 1, 2021, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must
have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply
have remained in Canada with valid status
have a valid job offer
Apply for work permits
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
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. To do so, they need to follow the steps on how to get authorization to work while they wait for approval.
More than 1,000 people with visitor status have applied for a work permit through this public policy since it was launched in August 2020.
Since March 2020, visitors have been prohibited from coming to Canada unless they are exempt for a specific reason, like reuniting with a family member.
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