Canada extends public policy allowing visitors to apply for work permits inside Canada

Canada has extended a policy that allows visitors to get work permits inside Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. IRCC said  this temporary public policy would be extended until August 31, 2021.

Any visitor who has a valid job offer can apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of the date they initially entered Canada, accprding to the new criteria.

As of April 1, 2021, a visitor 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
  • 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 allows applicants who meet these requirements and have had a valid work permit for the previous 12 months to start working for their new employer until their work permit application is completely approved.