Apply for work permit inside Canada for visitors | A temporary measure due to COVID-19

Update: Canada is allowing certain visitors to extend their work permits until February 28, 2023.

Generally speaking, visitors many not apply for a work permit inside Canada. However, according to a new policy by IRCC, many visitors in Canada may apply for a work permit without leaving Canada. Of course, this temporary measure comes with some strings attached.

Which visitors could apply for a work permit inside Canada

To apply for a work permit inside Canada, you must meet all the following conditions:

  • You are currently inside Canada.
  • Your visitor status was valid on August 24, 2020.
  • An employer has offered you a job.
  • ESDC has issued a positive LMIA for the job offered to you, or the position is exempt from an LMIA.

If you leave Canada, then you may not benefit from this opportunity. The temporary measure is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, the government may cancel it at any time.

What about work permit holders

If you have held a valid work permit in the past 12 months, you could change your employer without waiting for the new job offer. However, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • You are currently inside Canada.
  • You have a valid job offer.
  • The new employer has received a positive LMIA, or the position is exempt from an LMIA.
  • You held a valid work permit in the past 12 months.
  • Either of the following applies to you:
    • You have a valid temporary status in Canada on August 24, 2020.
    • If you have lost your status, you need to apply for a restoration of status before you apply for a work permit.
  • You have applied for the new work permit.

If you leave Canada, then you may not benefit from this opportunity. The temporary measure is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, the government may cancel it at any time.

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