Foreign nationals who are visiting Canada can apply for a work permit and work in the country if they receive a valid job offer without leaving the country. Visitors who obtained a work permit during the previous 12 months may also apply for an interim work permit under this public policy in order to begin working for their new employer more quickly. Due to labor shortages during the economic expansion, the temporary policy, which was due to expire on February 28th, 2023, has been extended for two more years, until February 28, 2025.
Prior to this policy change, visitors who wished to work in Canada had to submit an initial work permit application before traveling there. They had to leave Canada to obtain a work visa if they were citizens of another country but were already visiting Canada. With this policy, they can stay in the country in order to get their work permit.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible to Apply?
To qualify for this temporary public policy, an applicant must:
- have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply
- have a job offer that is supported by a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment
- submit an application for an employer-specific work permit no later than February 28, 2025
- meet all other standard admissibility criteria
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