Quickly Change Employer – A COVID-19 Measure

Let’s say you are in Canada with a valid work permit. However, you lose your job because of the COVID-19 economic downturn. Fortunately, the government of Canada announced new measures on May 12, 2020. According to these measures, you could quickly change your employer.

Who could quickly change the employer?

To qualify for this program, you need to fall under one of the following groups.

If you hold a valid open work permit, you may work for any employer. Therefore, there is no need to go through this process.

How to quickly change the employer?

To go through this process, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Apply for a new work permit from inside Canada. Of course, you must apply online. However, if you are unable to apply online due to inadmissibility, you may apply on paper.
  2. Submit a special message via the IRCC web form.
  3. Wait for the confirmation email from IRCC.
  4. Start working for the new employer.

The web-form messages to quickly change your employer.

Depending on your current status in Canada, the message you send via the IRCC web form is different.

Work Permit Holders

Priority Code PPCHANGEWORK2020: I am requesting consideration under theTemporary public policy to exempt foreign nationals in Canada from certain requirements when changing employment during the coronavirus pandemic and request that the applicable exemptions be granted until the decision is made on my work permit application or it is withdrawn.

I attest that: I hold/held a work permit valid until [DATE] for employer [NAME] / in occupation [JOB TITLE] and I have received new job offer for [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE].

I have submitted my application for a work permit online OR I submitted my application by paper and the postal/courier tracking number is [NUMBER].

I intend to work for the [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE] specified in the afore-mentioned work permit application.

I understand that providing false, misleading or incorrect information is a violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in enforcement measures against me.

Eligible workers without a work permit

Priority Code PPCHANGEWORK2020: I am requesting consideration under the Temporary public policy to exempt foreign nationals in Canada from certain requirements when changing employment during the coronavirus pandemic and request that the applicable exemptions be granted until the decision is made on my work permit application or it is withdrawn.

I attest that: I am/was authorized to work without a work permit for employer [NAME] / in occupation [JOB TITLE] until [DATE] and I have received a new job offer for [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE].

I have submitted my application for a work permit online OR I submitted my application by paper and the postal/ Courier tracking number is NUMBER.

I intend to work for the [new employer NAME] / [new occupation JOB TITLE] specified in the afore-mentioned work permit.

I understand that providing false, misleading or incorrect information is a violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may result in enforcement measures against me.

Needless to say, you must enter personal and application information correctly.

Can I quickly change the employer if I have no status?

If your work permit is expired, you have to apply for the Restoration of Status, which is a time-consuming matter. Thus, quickly-changing-the-employer is not an option for you.

Please note that if you abuse the system, you will face the consequences. For example, you could face a removal order from Canada. Therefore, use this option only if it applies to you.

Sources: IRCC Media Announcements and the IRCC Website

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    Posted: May 12, 2020

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    Al Parsai

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.