31 Mar 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.